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ERIC Number: ED061838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Pages: 16
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Goof Analysis in English as a Second Language.
Burt, Marina K.
In deciding what grammar should be taught, teachers of English as a second language can notice and record common errors (goofs) made by their students. It is possible to expose all types of goofs, state the rules to correct them, acquaint the teacher with the types of goofs made by persons from all over the world, and give them the grammar necessary to understand and handle them. A hierarchy of goofs can be established by taking sentences with numerous errors and determining which error, when corrected, does the most to make the sentence comprehensible. The most important goofs should be corrected first, one at a time. As a consequence, the speaker can be understood, even if his English isn't perfect. The pervasiveness of aspects of English grammar should also be considered when deciding what to teach. (VM)
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Note: Paper presented at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 1971