Briefing Note – Common Problems in English Language Usage


Chinese students have a thorough, theoretical knowledge of English grammar – the ‘law’ of the language (Wen & Clement, 2003). Research into second language acquisition tells us, however, that knowing grammar in theory does not translate into accurate use in practice. Neither Chinese students nor academics (both Chinese and Australian) necessarily appreciate this and as a result there can be frustrations for all concerned.

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