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


The Grammar Book is an impressive achievement: it combines an excellent treatment of the structure of English with pedagogical suggestions, and in the process it leads aspiring teachers into the intellectual challenge of discovery that is essential for all proficient ESL/EFL instructors. If we cannot figure out the rules of English, how can we hope to effectively assist our students, either implicitly or explicitly, in understanding and mastery?Called "the bible of grammar teaching", The Grammar Book is a well-written and well-structured book. Written primarily for ESL/EFL teachers as well as students, it contains every imaginable aspect of English grammar. Detailed grammatical descriptions and useful teaching suggestions are organized into sections dealing with Form, Meaning, and Use. The authors get into the historical WHY of grammar, provide creative teaching activities, and include a lot of comparisons of English to non-English languages. Practising and prospective ESL/EFL teachers should find this book highly useful. Furthermore, advanced students of English as a foreign/second language should benefit from this book.  


Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Grammatical Metalanguage
  3. The Lexicon
  4. The Copula and Subject-Verb Agreement
  5. Introduction to Phrase Structure
  6. More Phrase Structure Rules
  7. The Tense and Aspect System
  8. Modal Auxiliaries and Related Phrasal Forms
  9. The Tense-Aspect-Modality System in Discourse
  10. Negation
  11. Yes/No Questions
  12. Imperatives
  13. WH-Questions
  14. Other Structures That Look Like Questions
  15. Articles
  16. Reference and Possession
  17. Partitives. Collectives. and Quantifiers
  18. The Passive Voice
  19. Sentences with Indirect Objects
  20. Adjectives
  21. Prepositions
  22. Phrasal Verbs
  23. Nonreferential It and There as Subjects
  24. Coordinating Conjunction
  25. Adverbials
  26. Logical Connectors
  27. Conditional Sentences
  28. Introduction to Relative Clauses
  29. More on Relative Clauses
  30. Focus and Emphasis
  31. Complementation
  32. Other Aspects of Complementation and Embedded Clauses
  33. Reported Speech and Writing
  34. Degree--Comparatives and Equatives
  35. Degree--Complements and Superlatives
  36. Conclusion

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