interview a learner of English as a Foreign Language and gather data from this learner.

Section 1: Learner’s background- Give a brief description of your chosen learner’s background (for ethical reasons keep their name anonymous), their reasons for learning English, how they have learnt English previously and the way in which they prefer to learn now. You might also try to find out what activities they enjoy or don’t enjoy, or the kind of teacher they prefer, e.g. do they like a teacher who corrects their errors or not, do they prefer doing grammar exercises, or do they like being taught grammar by interacting with each other, etc.? You should also mention your learner’s current goals in terms of English language proficiency, i.e. what level of English they hope to reach and where they will be using their English.
Section 2: Spoken English–Record your interview with the learner (with his/her permission) as this will aid your analysis greatly.Fromthe interview, analyse his/her spoken English, noting at least three problems he/she has in terms of fluency and accuracy, looking in particular at problems with grammar, vocabulary and/or phonology. Your analysis should include examples from the interview, for instance, X uses the present simple rather than past simple to talk about finished events, e.g. ‘I see him yesterday.’
Section 3: Written English- As part of the interview, ask your learner to write a paragraph or short essay. They could write, for example, about living in a foreign country, the best holiday they have been on, describe a picture/photo, etc. Please attach this to your assignment as an Appendix. Analyse your learner’s written English, marking and identifying the errors on the script, and describingat least three problems your learner has when writing in English, focusing on problems with grammar, vocabulary and writing skills (such as punctuation, paragraphing or the lack of linking expressions).
Section 4: Help with problem areas- Based on the problems you have diagnosed with both the learners’ spoken and written English, give at least three ideas that either a teacher or the learner could implement in order to improve the learner’s English. These ideas must specifically relate to some of the problems you have identified in sections 2 and 3, and might include exercises and/or activities from EFL coursebooks, reference books and/or other sources.

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