Apostrophes are important?

I don’t teach most of my students possessives. This is a natural order issue that advanced learners will begin to pick up naturally according to Krashen’s Natural Order hypothesis. I don’t asgree with a lot of things Krashen says, but since the apostrophe doesn’t convey meaning I think we ahve the luxury of time – we can just wait for learners to “get it”.

What made me think about this was an article on apostrophes and professionalism.

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  1. your mama says:

    Spelling doesn’t affect first impressions either. You may want to consider using spell check when composing your blog.

    I don’t asgree with a lot of things Krashen says, but since the apostrophe doesn’t convey meaning I think we ahve the luxury of time

  2. James Trotta says:

    My blog software doesn’t have spell check so you’ll either live with the occasional typo or bugger off.

  3. Vincent Todisco says:

    I am surprised that an ESL teacher would question the importance of apostrophes and their usage. Apostrophes allow us to show possession in the English language and it is extremely important for ELLs to become accustomed to them as early as possible.

  4. James Trotta says:

    I’m surprised an ESL teacher would even consider teaching possessives early. Novice learners have about a zero percent chance to produce them correctly during real communication. Intermediate learners won’t do much better. Advanced learners should be ready to start getting ‘s correct in communication.

    For confirmation, check out any of the morpheme order studies or just listen to language learners in real communicative settings.

    Not that ‘s is unimportant, just that learners need (and always learn) other morphemes first.