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    messha is offline Newbie
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    Re: Help with CELTA application test

    Hello everyone
    I've found this thread very useful as I'm preparing to CELTA course. However, I find one question difficult:

    i) What problems might your students have in understanding these sentences (50-100 words)?
    I've got a headache.
    I've got a sore throat.
    I've got a cough.


    Do I have to concentrate on the meaning of "headache," "sore throat" and "cough" as new words for students or is there anything more that can be difficult for them?
    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Kasia

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    Post Re: Help with CELTA application test

    Quote Originally Posted by messha View Post
    Hello everyone
    I've found this thread very useful as I'm preparing to CELTA course. However, I find one question difficult:

    i) What problems might your students have in understanding these sentences (50-100 words)?
    I've got a headache.
    I've got a sore throat.
    I've got a cough.


    Do I have to concentrate on the meaning of "headache," "sore throat" and "cough" as new words for students or is there anything more that can be difficult for them?
    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Kasia
    In my opinion, they may think that someone saying I've got a headache/sore throat/cough actually possesses a headache/sore throat/cough, which is obviously not true. This use of have got is something to do with experiencing something.

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    Re: Help with CELTA application test

    'Sore' and 'ache' have different meanings but function differently; the former an adjective, the latter a suffix, and they may well ask about when to use them. There might be a problem with the indefinite article usage; why use it when we only have one head, one throat, and why is 'cough' in the singular when it can have a plural and 'a cough' is usually characterised by coughing moire than once. Also, they might use different verbs in L1.

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