Grammar in an ESL versus an American class

Teaching ESL and writing at the same time is illuminating, to say the least.

While the American writing student mentioned in a previous post could not pick out the subject and verb of a sentence, ESL students can do that easily, since they learn English as a second language and cannot approach it through the eyes of a baby, but must learn it through their minds, through grammar.  They are far more skilled than my American students at recognizing sentence construction.


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