The Grammar Book: An ESL/EFL Teacher's Course
Heinle & Heinle, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 854 pages
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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