How can I help my master's student improve his English communication skills?
May 17, 2011 5:55 PM Subscribe
Sometimes I supervise graduate students who are not native speakers of English and their written and oral communication abilities are not that great. I can comment on drafts for things to be sent elsewhere, but the worst thing is that grammatical problems mean that it is sometimes impossible or difficult for me to understand one of these students. I think usually they don't understand the problem when I try to explain it. Are there any books I could suggest that they read? Can you suggest other things that I can do to improve this?
posted by grouse to Writing & Language (14 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Some of the specific issues (sorted with those most detrimental to communication at the top) include:
- Beginning a discussion of some complex technical problem without any context
- Using pronouns without antecedents
- Incorrect use of definite and indefinite articles
- Non-idiomatic expressions (example: "I have a doubt")
- Problems with verb agreement
- Use of plural when singular should be used and vice versa
- Multiple spaces in the middle of sentences
- Capitalization issues