English Grammar: Step by Step
The English Grammar: Step by Step series is unique because it is specifically designed for Spanish-speaking students who have little or no knowledge of Spanish or English grammar. English Grammar: Step by Step 1 covers basic punctuation and capitalization in English; the verbs to be and to have; contractions with to be; and possessive adjectives (my, his, her, etc.). It also includes more than a thousand exercises, with answers, and a dictionary that includes all of the words used in the book. An accompanying book, Teaching English: Step By Step 1, provides listening and speaking exercises that accompany the grammar exercises presented in English Grammar: Step by Step 1.
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I absolutely love using this book with my drop-in ESL for Spanish speaker's class. Although I speak Spanish quite well, for those who don't, this is a complete copy of the book in English so that you can understand what the students are seeing in their Spanish version. The Spanish version for students is Grammática del inglés: Paso a paso. Many of my students show up to class with zero English and this book is perfect for them because it provides the explanations in Spanish, with cross-linguistic comparison exercises and it assumes you know nothing about grammar. My students also love this book because they can work independently either in class or outside of class at their own pace (this is vital in our drop-in class) and they find the instructions and explanations quite clear. I also find that the way Elizabeth Weal has designed the progression of grammar points is very thoughtful and helpful to students. It also seems very natural in the way that it accompanies my other lessons. The low price also makes it something that my students, though they are all low-income, can afford. I highly recommend this book for Spanish-speaking ESL students.