Edited By Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk and Krzysztof Kosecki
Enhancing the Acquisition of Foreign-language Tense Properties
Michał B. Paradowski, University of Warsaw, Poland
The omission of tense and aspect markers belongs to the common body of errors pointing to universal learning mechanisms (Richards 1974)1. The English tense and aspect system has been particularly notorious among foreign language learners for its alleged complexity and complication. A pedagogical model is proposed, drawing on a comparative/contrastive explication and generative insights, in which the apparent difficulty is considerably reduced without compromising on the learners’ final repertoire of linguistic expression.