The students did struggle with these questions, but through trial and error and communicating together they did discover the ‘rules’. They worked together to find the connections. In this instance, there were some rules to work with. Unfortunately, English is not always so straightforward and doesn’t always agree with other languages. In Portuguese, they say,’ Eu vou a escola de táxi’ ‘De’ is used to mean ‘inside’ whereas English ‘by’, ‘in’ or ‘on’ is used. In English we put on our shirt, put on our glasses and put on our shoes. In Korean, for example, they use 3 different verbs (입다, 신다 and 쓰다), so it’s not all bad. These are some of the reasons why learning an additional language is difficult. The rules may be very abstract, he words might not be used in your mother tongue, or they might not even exist. As I often have to say to our EAL students,’ Unfortunately, sometimes English is just horrible and the only thing you can do is learn it and love it’!
For those of you interested the answers are:
· If there is no article (a, an or the) use ‘by’.
· If you must sit in the vehicle and can’t safely move around, use ‘in’.
· If you can move around safely, use ‘on’.
· If you have to sit on it to operate it, use ‘on’.