Sunday 2:15 - 3:05 PM
Picture That! -- Drawing Techniques for Teaching False Cognates
Chosun University, Korea
There has been a large influx of English loan-words into the Korean
lexicon, and because of this, the number of false cognates it contains
is also substantial. These false cognates, a.k.a. “false friends,” often
become barriers to English learning because of the English learner’s unawareness
of the difference in meaning in Korean from the English language source.
Many of the most common of these problematic pairs and their semantic differences
will be discussed. In addition, two classroom teaching techniques will
be presented which effectively delineate the semantic differences in the
pairs of false cognates. One of these techniques involves the use of pictorial
representations by class members while the other involves a simple translation
technique with interest-holding error analysis. In addition to the teaching
techniques, the information presented on Korean-English false cognates
may be of value to the EFL teacher in Korea.
David Shaffer has been an educator in Korea since 1971. Most of
that time he has been at Chosun University, where he teaches EFL and where
he completed his graduate studies in linguistics. In addition to teaching
college-level courses, Dr. Shaffer has years of experience teaching both
elementary and secondary school teacher training programs in EFL methodology
and oral and writing skills. He has also prepared elementary school teacher
training materials and secondary school textbook and test materials. His
academic interests are in English semantics, ESL methodology, and Korean
literature, especially the poetry of Yun Tong-ju. Dr. Shaffer has had a
number of language- and culture-related columns in different Korean periodicals.
At present he writes On the Road to Better English and Crackin’ the Corean
Code for The Korea Herald and Shaffer’s Native English for TIME Plus. He
is also a member of the ESL Help Center team at Dave’s ESL Cafe http://www.eslcafe.com/help/
where he answers questions daily.