This book is designed to help both native and non-native English speaking teachers of EFL/ESL to improve their knowledge of and familiarity with American English grammar. It is not intended to be a comprehensive grammar reference for teachers or a grammar practice book for students. Many people believe that anyone who can speak and write English reasonably accurately is equipped to teach the language to foreign students. Unfortunately, this is not at all the case. Knowing the language is important but it is impossible to teach English effectively unless you know a lot about the language. In particular, you need to know a lot about grammar. There are two main reasons why teachers of EFL and ESL need to know their grammar: • As most modern EFL/ESL programs include a significant grammar component, teachers need to be able to introduce and clarify grammatical items such as verb tenses and other structures. You cannot clarify items adequately unless you are able to analyze them. • In most countries, grammatical knowledge is regarded as being very important. So foreign students expect their English teachers to be able to answer grammar questions. They will rapidly lose faith in any teacher who cannot answer such questions confidently and accurately.
Jeff is the Program Manager for ESL and CELTA courses at Cy-Fair College in Houston, Texas. He is also the Cambridge Joint Chief Assessor for CELTA courses throughout the US and Mexico. To my Wife on Her BIRTH DAY!