Common Problems For French Learners Of English
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It’s no secret that your first language is going to affect how you learn and speak English and the mistakes you are going to make. Getting to know these problems is part of your job as a teacher, so you can anticipate any difficulties your learners may have and plan how you will deal with them. We’ve spoken already about common problems for Chinese, Arabic and Spanish speakers, but now let us consider French learners.
For French speakers there can be a problem forming questions in English. In French it’s possible to form a question simply by adding a question mark at the end of a statement whereas in English we need to use an auxiliary verb.
For example, You live in Dublin? versus Do you live in Dublin?
Then for question tags, French speakers are accustomed to using one tag for all types of questions, but in English the tag will change depending on the question.
For example, He’s your brother, isn’t it? Versus He’s your brother, isn’t he?
You’ve been to Thailand, isn’t it? Versus You’ve been to Thailand, haven’t you?
Word order can also cause problems.
For example, I go usually out for dinner on Fridays versus I usually go out for dinner on Fridays.
Also, there is often confusion about when to use the gerund and when to use the infinitive.
For example, I must to study tonight versus I must study tonight.
And They enjoy to watch movies versus They enjoy watching movies.
There are a number of words that look and sound similar in French and English but which actually have different meanings. These are known as false friends and can cause no end of confusion for learners.
- Votres bras means your arm, not a bra
- Bouton means pimple, not button
- Envie means wish, not envy
- Grappe means bunch, not grapes
- Librairie means bookshop, not library
…and so many more!
There are a few sounds in English which are not present in French or are pronounced differently in French so French speakers will have problems pronouncing them.
- The ‘r’ sound versus the English /r/
- The /Ɵ/ sound, as in Thursday and thirsty
- /i/ versus /i:/
While there are problems when learning English for all learners no matter their first language, it can be useful to get to know what problems are specific to a particular first language. Now, for example, if you are teaching a French student one-to-one or a class of French learners you will have a better understanding of the problems they may have and so you will be able to anticipate the errors.
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- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.