As humans, it’s natural to want to avoid mistakes. We don’t want to be wrong or look stupid. However, it’s essential for language learners to become comfortable with the fact that mistakes are an unavoidable part of the journey to fluency. In fact, there is a lot to be learned from the mistakes a learner makes. An important skill learners develop as they gain more awareness and fluency in the language is the ability to self-correct, so as teachers, this is also something we should be helping to foster in our students.
One way I try and do this is by having students work together to analyze mistakes in a sentence that I’ve taken from their own homework assignments (anonymously of course). I think seeing examples and being guided through the process of error correction is a great way to help get students doing this on their own.
I’ve recently started keeping a master list of common errors I see, so my students can use it to review and become more skilled at error correction. For example, if I see that a student is constantly making the mistake of not including a subject, I can point that student to the list to review examples of the error and how to correct it.
You can access this document here. It’s a live document that will continue to grow as I add more examples. You can view the table of contents below and click on any error to be taken to see examples. I also created a printer friendly static version that has a few examples per common error type. This is great to pass out to students. You can download it below.
List of Common Errors Made by English Learners PDF 5 pages 162 downloadsThis is a handout that I created for my students to use to help them see how to fix...
Index of Common Errors
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