A Communicative Grammar of English

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Longman, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 440 pages
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A Communicative Grammar of English employs a communicative rather than a structural approach to the learning of English grammar. This edition is divided into three parts:
Part One: A guide to the use of this book - looks at the way English grammar varies in different types of English, for example 'formal' and 'informal', 'spoken' and 'written'.
Part Two: Grammar in use - the central and largest part of the book, presents grammar through the eyes of the communicator and focuses on the uses of grammar rather than on grammatical structure.
Part Three: A-Z in English grammar - provides a useful and alphabetically arranged guide to English grammar.
This new edition includes more real examples taken from corpus data. Increased emphasis is given to grammar in spoke language, providing a better balance between written and spoken English. Explanations and examples have been made simpler in order to make the grammar more accessible to students.

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Dear Sir,
Acknowledging as a TEFL teacher that the authors of the above book are the greatest theorist and scholars of language teaching to whom I owe all that I know of English, I would highly
appreciate it should you let me know how I could resolve the fact that L1 interference is always there. If we take it for granted that L1 interferes with L2, how can we teach language communicatively without considering the interference of L1. To give an example, in Persian, we use an adverb meaning "by chance" to translate a sentence like: "I happened to be be sitting beside her in the park". Thus, the Persian translation would read: "By chance I was sitting beside her in the park. Here, what I usually would do is to start with the concept, explaining the structures of L1 and L2 and the potential pitfalls and only then would I use communicative drills to help them assimilate the concept and structure. I would highly appreciate your advice on the matter. My email is:
gazavari@gmail.com
Sincerely yours,
Zavari
 

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Excellent books on English grammer i have ever read

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About the author (2002)

Geoffrey Leech is Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Modern English Language at Lancaster University. Jan Svartvik is Professor of English at Lund University, Sweden.

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