A very interesting article, and easy to read to boot!
If, like me, you’ve spent most of your tutorhood teaching high school pupils, there were probably a few times you were faced with a blank stare, a look of despair, an icy air.
Just the other day, I was met with a garbled answer and a sweaty frown to a straightforward CCQ (concept checking question) whilst teaching modal verb usage in Afrikaans. Holy whippets! What went wrong?
I have realised now that my question, really, is: Is it only foreign-language speakers who need to?
It’s becoming drastically obvious to me how many native speakers make errors, and to what degree the nature of these errors affects their ability to communicate meaning coherently.