I read somewhere that you teach adults. I'm getting ready to start teaching adults in about a week and am worried about my ability to teach them well. What are the most common mistakes they make?
Yes, I do teach adults. I don't, however, teach English conversation anymore. I used to though. When teaching adults, you've got to play the expectations game and identify not only what they want, but what you want for them. This is important. Don't let anybody get away with telling you that they want to be fluent. I don't and they appreciate my honesty.
There were some pretty common mistakes that used to really irk me, but the problem with being a long-term teacher here is that you get used to incorrect English and even Konglish sometimes starts to make sense. That's a problem, so let me give you a quick list of expressions that adults say incorrectly.
The Top Ten
10. "He was died."
9. "I'm going to home."
8. "Are you drunken?"
7. "I was today tired."
6. "I had a lunch/dinner with my friends" or "I took a medicine."
5. "Yesterday I got stress" or "I was stressful in the meeting."
4. "She looks like fat."
3. "Here is a notebook, not a folder."
2. "I have an appointment/promise with a friend." (disputed and possibly okay)
1. "I took a rest all weekend." (disputed)
The most common one that I hear is easily "I took a rest". I don't know who is responsible for it, but I've asked teachers from every eligible nation (minus the Irish) and they always thought it came from some other English-speaking nation. I blame Canada.
We all know the problems with B, V, P, F, R, L and Z, so no need to mention those here.
Any additions? Make sure to check the comments for more.