The Effects of Problematizing for ELL Students

In the article An A-Z of ELT, P is for problematizing Scott Thornbury makes a case for problematizing a language item for ELL students. In other words, teachers are encouraged to deliberately induce an error so that English learners can make distinctions in the pragmatics of language.
discuss the effects of problematizing. Do you feel that problematizing is an appropriate method for first language acquisition and/or second language acquisition? How can this method help ELL students communicate effectively while they realize the effect of context on language?
a.How does Ellis’ (2008) garden path approach, as discussed in Thorbury’s article (2011), aid language acquisition?

b.Use the activity presented in Thornbury’s article from Uncovering Grammar (Thornbury, 2001) to suggest the problems an English language learner might encounter when given this activity. For example, how would an ELL student respond to the dilemma between A room with a glass on the floor versus A room with glass on the floor? More importantly, how would you help ELL students see these intricacies of language and effect learning?

Use as reference An A-Z of ELT, P is for problematizing Scott Thornbury AND Freeman, D. E. & Freeman, Y. S. (2014). Essential linguistics: What teachers need to know to teach ESL, reading, spelling and grammar (2nd ed.). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

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