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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (April 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521732328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521732321
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'For new teachers, these activities provide a wonderful source of ideas for grammar practive and even the most creative and experienced teachers will find many new activities and stimulating ideas.' ELT Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Darryl Nightingale on Aug. 23 1998
Format: Paperback
Imaginative, interesting, engaging and well organized this book is one of the most valuable resources I have seen in nearly three years of full time ESL teaching. The book is divided into two parts.Part One provides a clear and concise introduction to grammar teaching in the foreign language classroom, a very useful guide to designing and presenting grammar-practice activities and some tips for getting the most out of coursebook exercises. The heart of the book, however, is Part Two which consists of nearly 200 game-like grammar practice activities. The activities are grouped into sections according to grammatical categories. The categories are ordered alphabetically and cross-referenced in the text. The descriptions of the activities are accompanied, where appropriate, by reproducable sample texts and visuals. The activities are not classified by proficiency level or age and the author encourages teachers to adapt them to suit their own students. I have found that most of the activities are readily adaptable to different levels, and although most as presented in the book seem orientated toward adult students I have successfully adapted many for use with teenagers and younger children. Likewise the activities are not classified by skill practiced as many are designed or can be adapted to practise any or all of the four skills. This book is also exceptional in that it doesn't fall foul of that ill which inexplicably plagues many similar books - a cumbersome and unwieldy index. The index in this book, although perhaps not quite as complete as it could be, is among the very best I have seen in this type of publication. A single alphabetical list identifies activities by term, topic and title. In addition there is a clear list of contents at the front of the book. The book's easy-to-use format, comprehensive coverage, sturdy paperback construction and handy size make it an indispensable addition to any ESL teacher's tool-kit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Hooper on Feb. 21 2004
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This book is packed full of useful grammar activities. They are easily classified according to grammar point and can be easily searched for use. I've used the activities numerous times, and there are a lot of great ideas in this book. The only thing that isn't so great is that the pictures have a late 70's or early 80's look, but it's not such a big problem since you can easily get pictures out of magazines or other such resources. Also, the English featured here is British English, so if you're teaching American English, you have to adjust some of the phrases or vocabulary. Other than that, it's great. Check it out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Purple Collie on March 1 2000
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I borrowed a copy from my ESL instructor while student-teaching. It is FANTASTIC. I have found that the activities proposed in the book can also be modified to fit another activity -- or to even get my own creative juices flowing. There have been times when I felt overwhelmed by all the good examples and couldn't pick just one. It's easy to carry and pack -- don't leave home without it!
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153 of 153 people found the following review helpful
One of the most valuable ESL resources I have seen. Aug. 23 1998
By Darryl Nightingale - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Imaginative, interesting, engaging and well organized this book is one of the most valuable resources I have seen in nearly three years of full time ESL teaching. The book is divided into two parts.Part One provides a clear and concise introduction to grammar teaching in the foreign language classroom, a very useful guide to designing and presenting grammar-practice activities and some tips for getting the most out of coursebook exercises. The heart of the book, however, is Part Two which consists of nearly 200 game-like grammar practice activities. The activities are grouped into sections according to grammatical categories. The categories are ordered alphabetically and cross-referenced in the text. The descriptions of the activities are accompanied, where appropriate, by reproducable sample texts and visuals. The activities are not classified by proficiency level or age and the author encourages teachers to adapt them to suit their own students. I have found that most of the activities are readily adaptable to different levels, and although most as presented in the book seem orientated toward adult students I have successfully adapted many for use with teenagers and younger children. Likewise the activities are not classified by skill practiced as many are designed or can be adapted to practise any or all of the four skills. This book is also exceptional in that it doesn't fall foul of that ill which inexplicably plagues many similar books - a cumbersome and unwieldy index. The index in this book, although perhaps not quite as complete as it could be, is among the very best I have seen in this type of publication. A single alphabetical list identifies activities by term, topic and title. In addition there is a clear list of contents at the front of the book. The book's easy-to-use format, comprehensive coverage, sturdy paperback construction and handy size make it an indispensable addition to any ESL teacher's tool-kit.
46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
A Must for Your ESL Library! March 1 2000
By Purple Collie - Published on Amazon.com
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I borrowed a copy from my ESL instructor while student-teaching. It is FANTASTIC. I have found that the activities proposed in the book can also be modified to fit another activity -- or to even get my own creative juices flowing. There have been times when I felt overwhelmed by all the good examples and couldn't pick just one. It's easy to carry and pack -- don't leave home without it!
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
A Helpful Resource Feb. 21 2004
By T. Hooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is packed full of useful grammar activities. They are easily classified according to grammar point and can be easily searched for use. I've used the activities numerous times, and there are a lot of great ideas in this book. The only thing that isn't so great is that the pictures have a late 70's or early 80's look, but it's not such a big problem since you can easily get pictures out of magazines or other such resources. Also, the English featured here is British English, so if you're teaching American English, you have to adjust some of the phrases or vocabulary. Other than that, it's great. Check it out.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Simple and Useful May 7 2007
By Mouldy Pilgrim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Penny Ur's book "Grammar Practice Activities" is a neat little book with some simple, but very effective activities for a good range of grammar forms.

The activities can be used at a range of different levels, and cover everything from pair to group work. Some require some preparation, and they sometimes come with pictures and other materials. There are also some variations you can try for some, as well. They cover a wide range of grammatical forms, and that will keep the book useful for a long time. The activities are fairly focused on forms, and that means students will almost be forced to use the ones that you are practicing.

Perhaps the only problem I have found with the book is trying to photo copy some of the photos or pictures without damaging the spine too much. The small cover size means that the spine is pretty stressed when flattened out in a photocopier. If it is a heavily used book, you might want to keep a "master copy" of such materials to prolong the life of the book.

This book is simply a very useful, easy-to-use book. Ur has done a great job of presenting some nice activities that are easy to set-up, and very effective for the students. This is a wonderful little book that should be on any shelf.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
amazingly practical May 28 2009
By R. Rust - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is practical for several reasons. Most of the activities are excellent for visual reinforcement of language concepts and as most learners tend to be more visual than auditory, they are effective with the majority. Many of the activities offer alternative uses or suggestions for expansion of the activity. There is also a great index which cross references activities according to grammar structure. But I think that what I like most is that the activities are so easy to adapt by either changing the vocabulary or adjusting the level. The fact that this book is not a new publication and still continues to be purchased and used by so many attests to its quality.


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