Spanish interference with proper English message transfer.

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Spanish interference with proper English message transfer.

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Hi, I'm new to the forum but I felt I needed some help with this issue. Maybe some of you out there have had this type of situation before. I teach English in Mexico. There is a big community of English language learners here and I have noticed that most of them have the same issue at some point in their learning process.
A lot of times students will say someting like the following: "eat at three."
Now that isn't an imperative sentence. That is their way of saying "I eat at three."
What I have come to notice is that since in spanish the subject and the verb join, as in "corro" (I run), a lot of my students will omit the subject when speaking or writing due to this L1 interference.

What strategies can I use to drive home the idea that the subject needs to be present in a sentence.
I have resorted to speaking drills and writing exercises, they do show some effectiveness while we work but days later that same issue pops back up. I know it isn't something that will stick right away but I can't help but feel that I could probably be trying other strategies.

If anyone has some ideas based on their experience I would really appreciate the help.
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