by C.E. Eckersley, Margaret Macaulay... This ever popular four-book series Brighter Grammer helps students understand the key points of English grammer, using only essential technical terms. Graded exercises allow teachers to monitor development, and lively illustrations enhance the text and retain the students' interest.
In this book special attention is paid to the grammar of the verb. Other points also dealt with are: Parts of speech - in fuller detail; Nouns, abstract, collective, countable and uncountable, irregular plurals; Adjectives, possessive, comparison of adjectives; Definite and Indefinite Article; Verbs, the simpler and more commonly used tenses, the Peculiars, negative and interrogative of verbs, finites and non-finites.
THOUGH most Education Authorities and teachers realize the value, in fact, the necessity of Grammar in the learning of a language, many pupils tend to regard it as dull, uninteresting and difficult. We believe, and, in BRIGHTER GRAMMAR, have tried to show, that the grammar lesson can be as enjoyable as any in the curriculum.
We have aimed, first, at ensuring that the subject is made completely understandable to even the least linguistically-minded pupil, by presenting it as simply and as clearly as possible. In this course, only the essentials of grammar have been chosen, and these have been explained with a minimum of technical terms. Only those terms are taught that are necessary to understand the structure of the language and to aid the pupil's progress in composition.
Secondly, we have tried, without being any the less scholarly, to make the books - as interesting as possible. So, amusing anecdotes have been used as material for exercises and for "reproduction" work in the composition lesson; the sentences in the exercises have been made as "real" as possible, and all the books have been brightened by lively drawings.
Lastly, special attention has been paid to exercises. The exercises are graded, and nothing is asked of the pupil that he could not gather from the lesson on which the exercise is based.
The course is planned on the "concentric" system, and so, where necessary, the lessons in Book II and Book III are preceded by a Revision of the work covered in the earlier book or books. We hope that teachers, already overburdened with work, will find that BRIGHTER GRAMMAR will spare them the trouble of seeking further material for their grammar lessons, and that pupils will find that they are spared the need (and the expense) of further books of "supplementary exercises".