Mother Tongue Influence

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Being able to handle a second or third language is highly important for today’s labor world. Workers are required in many cases to be able to express themselves at least in English and their mother tongue, for Costa Ricans, Spanish. In our country, language students seek to be able to express their ideas in different academic or working areas. Even though some students start the learning process in an early stage, usually in primary school or high school, the influence of the Spanish language is an issue that many of them face and have a hard time to overcome. The influence of the mother tongue in language learners is one of the problems that influence most of the second language production. The student’s mother tongue’s grammatical structures…show more content…
They show knowledge of the rules and applied them during completing practices but they lack of this ability when producing them written or orally. The same occurs when using in context the present perfect but they are capable to using it when doing written practices. They also show many problems when they have to use the auxiliary verbs.
The interference of Spanish is highly evident with the use of the article “the”. These nine students tend to use it in every instance they feel like it just as in Spanish the articles la, el, las, los happen to be used in almost every sentence.
Finally, the topic on which this research project is going to be focused on is the use of the superlatives and comparatives. When students are learning about superlatives and comparatives, they also show a high influence of Spanish. They mixture of both structures as well as the Spanish interference, for example: the most bigger, more high than… etc. The class is capable of completing exercises regarding the topic but when using them orally or when writing sentences, they present problems.

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This is a small class of nine students. The class is composed of six men and three women. Their age range is between 18 and 42. There are currently on the fifth level. The Conversational English Program from the “Educación Continua” is developed in bimesters. On each one of these the teachers conducting the learning process work with the students in small groups. They have access to facilities such as video beam, computer and speakers. As part of the process inside the class, the teachers require students to have a book where they can solve their out of class homework and be checked in class. It is important to highlight that these books used in class offer access to an online platform where students have access to extra materials. As part of the innovation that takes place during these courses, the digital materials are used as part of the assignments of the
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