The Grammar Book: An ESL/EFL Teacher's Course

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Heinle & Heinle, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 854 pages
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In this highly acclaimed revision, grammatical descriptions and teaching suggestions are organized into sections dealing with Form, Meaning, and Use. THE GRAMMAR BOOK, Second Edition helps teachers and future teachers grasp the linguistic system and details of English grammar, providing more information on how structures are used at the discourse level.

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Hi everyone... If, like me, you find the nuts and bolts of grammar endlessly fascinating, then this is the ultimate book for you, too. It is without doubt the best 36 I have ever spent. This book, 2nd edition (1999) written by our friends Celce-Murcia and Larsen-Freeman, is just about the most comprehensive study and explication of all those cul-de-sac grammar questions students always want to know the answers to, but more often than not we fail to give satisfactory explanations because we are not always quite sure ourselves. NOT ANY MORE! At 829 pages, this book covers almost (I can't think of any others myself) every grammar query we are ever likely to encounter; not only that, but it explains the reasons behind the grammar from three levels: the sub sentential/morphology - the sentential/syntactic - the supra sentential/ discourse. PLUS: it looks at grammar from three cross-sectional dimensions with regard to: Form-Meaning-Use. THERE'S MORE! At the end of each chapter there are little tests, endnotes, examples of real students' errors which ask you to remedy them and explain the possible reasons for their occurrence, helpful tips on how to teach the items in an L2 classroom, and a superb bibliography for further reading. This really is the light sabre of all grammar books; and as a practising L2 instructor, I've read and bought enough over the years to know my onions. I cannot believe this book wasn't on one of my bibliography lists at the start of my MA TESOL program? So, if you have a spare 36 and want to know all there is about grammar, and much more besides, do yourself a very big favour and invest it in this magnificent tome (only in hardback). It also doubles as a brilliant dissertation-avoidance technique! Is it any good? Is the Pope Catholic? 

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This book is helping a lot with the kinds of explanations that my students expect me to have for them. I like the fact that the intended audience is the teacher, but communicating these ideas to the ... Read full review

Contents

Chapters
8
Introduction
9
Grammatical Metalanguage
13
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Marianne Celce-Murcia is professor emerita of applied linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Diane Larsen-Freeman is Professor of Education, Professor of Linguistics, and Director of the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is also a Distinguished Senior Faculty Fellow at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Dr. Larsen-Freeman has been a conference speaker in over 50 countries of the world and has published over 100 articles in her areas of interest. Her Thomson/Heinle books include The Grammar Book: An ESL/EFL Teacher's Course (1999; co-authored with Marianne Celce-Murcia), From Grammar to Grammaring (2003) and the fourth edition of Grammar Dimensions: Form, Meaning, and Use (forthcoming, Series Director). From 1980-1985, Dr. Larsen-Freeman was Editor of the journal Language Learning. In 1997, Dr. Larsen-Freeman was inducted into the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1999, she was selected by ESL Magazine as one of "the ESL pioneers". In 2000, she received the lifetime achievement award from Heinle & Heinle Publishers.

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