You've asked about it in this thread: pronoun
Did you check the links? Is the difference still unclear to you?
Can anyone please help me in finding the difference between an emphatic and reflexive pronoun. Some tricks to make the students understand would be appreciated.
NOT A TEACHER
(1) I remember that you told us that you are teaching outside of your
field. So you have to keep one step ahead of your students.
(2) Well, they say the beginning of the class sets the tone for the
rest of the period. So some teachers use scrambled sentences.
As they walk into your room, they will see on the white- , blackboard
10 sentences. For example: (1) president/ saw/ herself/ I/ the
Then the students are to put the words in correct order: I saw the
president herself. (emphatic pronoun. The president and nobody else!!!)
Of course, if you have time, you could photocopy 10 scrambled
sentences. As they enter, they take a copy and start working. If the
students are highly motivated, they should enjoy this activity. Be
sure to use some sentences with reflexive pronouns and some with
emphatic pronouns. After 10 (?) minutes, you could lead a class
discussion on the correct answers.
(3) Please go to the search box at this website. Type in these
words: Teaching reflexive pronouns.
You will get 10 results. The first result has some suggestions about
how to teach them. The second result leads you to a long list of
handouts. Scroll down to "pronouns." You will find a handout that
you can use to make copies. I believe that the answers are also
available. Then go ahead and read the 8 other results. You may
find a "gem" of an idea. That is, something that will help you to better
understand those pronouns and something that will help you to teach
them to the little darlings. *** Then return to the search box and
type in "teaching emphatic pronouns." You will find some results there, too.
(4) You know about Mr. Michael Swan's Practical English Usage,
don't you? He has two pages on these pronouns. If you carefully
study those two pages, it will help you to at least keep up with some
of your brighter students. And Mr. Raymond Murphy's Grammar in Use
is very helpful (he has different editions -- depending on the level of the
the students. Some editions also contain the answers to the exercises.)
(5) And remember: whenever you have an emergency (that is, some
super bright kid asks you a question that you cannot answer with
confidence), you can always tell him/her:
"I want you to figure out the answer first. You do not learn anything
if you only ask the teacher for the answer."
Then you can run to your computer, click on "Ask a Teacher," and
get the answer (there are people here 24 hours a day).
Best of luck to you.
Thank you sooo much James..I read your message and went through each and every bit .My class was v v nice today.