This is a classic problem of language interference. Many Hebrew speakers, with perfect hearing, say such things as :
“I want to help to the man.”
“She gave to the man his money.”
They say this because this is exactly the way it is said in Hebrew.
If the hearing students have such trouble with this, it comes as no surprise that my pupils really have a problem with it. It is a question of remembering rules when you don’t hear the language spoken.
This came up again in class today because we were correcting students’ answers on the worksheets related to the video “The Power of Words” . The students used the words “help” “give” frequently in their answers, along with those extra “to” words.
HELP & GIVE are such “warm”, “rich” and strong words. Has anyone used some sort analogy, imagery or mnemonic device to help students to remember not to add “to” after them?