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The Second Language Acquisition Of English Prepositions, Patricia J. Boquist Nov 2009

The Second Language Acquisition Of English Prepositions, Patricia J. Boquist

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The acquisition of English prepositions is especially difficult for students learning English as a second language. This paper briefly discusses how prepositions are used in English and a few of the reasons prepositions cause problems for English language learners. It also analyzes the underlying system that governs prepositions and how this system might be represented to English language learners. Finally, it analyzes the current pedagogy and suggests a possible alternative to the status quo.