This course discusses - and gives tips on how to overcome - 50 of the most common English mistakes made by Finns. It consists of ten lectures (split into three parts: Easily Confused words, Grammar Structures and Miscellaneous) lasting an average of about ten minutes each, with a review quiz at the end of each section. In addition, an extra section provides the student with 20 tips on how to better their English. This course is targeted toward Finns who want to raise their English fluency level and confidence (both adults and high school students), as well as to English language instructors who want to teach more effectively.
After completing this lecture, students will know how to correctly use and differentiate between shade / shadow, borrow / lend, long / tall, employer / employee, homework / housework and fun / funny.
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Students will learn how to correctly use and differentiate between to look at / to watch, flu / cold, open / turn on (and close / turn off), wish / hope and blanket / form.
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In this final section of 'Easily Confused Words*, we go through the commonly confused words of usual / normal / ordinary, sound / noise / voice, persons / people, shortly / briefly and overwork / overtime
Straightforward multiple choice questions to review what you have learned, and to have sentences to study from.
This section covers six common preposition mistakes that Finns make, and tips on how to get past them.
How welll did you learn about common preposition mistakes? How much do you remember from past sections?
This section has three mistakes concerning word order, two concerning verb tense and one on countable / uncountable nouns. A list of words that are commonly used in the plural in Finnish - but hardly ever in English - is given at the end.
Review what you have learned in this section - and past sections - and use the correct sentences to study from.
This last section in the 'Grammar Structures' part of the course covers - among other things - gender pronouns, relative pronouns and make/do.
More straightforward multiple choice questions to review what you have learned and to study from.
This is bonus section dealing entirely with the difficulties Finns have when using articles (a/an, the, zero article) in English. It is a very brief overview, and not meant to be comprehensive.
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In this section, student are encouraged to think in an English way and learn to correctly say: My muscles are sore, I took my medicine, On the one hand...on the other hand..., I stayed in a hotel and 'Happy Birthday'.
Quiz yourself on what you have learned, and use the correct sentences for further study
Students are taught about common translation mistakes and are told to say: I shoveled the snow, I had a dream, this morning, it's snowing and I'm not so busy.
How well have you learned what was presented in the penultimate video of the mistakes part of the course? How much do you remember from past sections?
In this final section of the learning part of the course students learn how to overcome common Finnish mistakes and say: I went on a cruise, I paid for my items, I think that..., I came by car, and I have many tasks to do.
The final quiz of the course. Test yourself on how much you have learned.
I have been an English as a Second Language Teacher/English as a Foreign Language Teacher for nearly my whole adult life. I have nearly 25 years experience in teaching English language learners of all ages and of all levels, and from many different backgrounds. My teaching career began in the U.S. where I taught adult immigrants of varying levels how to better survive in an English speaking world. After three years, I moved to South Korea where I taught both middle school pupils and their English language teachers. After two years in Asia, I moved to Helsinki, Finland. I have been living and teaching English to Finns since 1999. Though most of my students are mid-level to advanced-level adults, I have taught English to Finns of all levels and varying ages.