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How to Teach Grammar Paperback – Jan 1 1991


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Here you¿ll find a host of ways to develop or enhance your grammar teaching skills. How to Teach Grammar demonstrates methods for practicing a variety of grammar topics, dealing with errors, and integrating grammar instruction into general methodologies such as task-based learning.

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Scott Thornbury is from New Zealand originally but he started his teaching career in the UK in 1975. Since then he has lived and worked in both Egypt and Spain, teaching, training teachers, and writing materials. In 1991 Scott did an MA in TEFL at the University of Reading. He has written a number of books about language teaching (including How to Teach Grammar and How to Teach Vocabulary), as well as lots of articles for journals and magazines (such as Modern English Teacher and English Teaching Professional). Scott has also given conference presentations at conferences in six different continents. At present Scott lives in Barcelona.

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An excellent guide to a perplexing subject Oct. 5 2006
By J. Marren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Anyone who has ever tried to learn a foreign language knows how hard it is to take what you know and get it down on paper accurately or utter a correct sentence. Teachers in turn wonder why the grammar they teach doesn't seem to "stick." Scott Thornbury tries to provide some answers in a clear, readable primer on how to teach grammar.

I'm using this book in a course I'm taking in teaching grammar, and I think it's excellent. Numerous books and papers have been written on the subject, and Thornbury neatly summarizes the arguments for and against teaching grammar in a short two chapters. But as a practical matter we DO teach grammar, and Thornbury quickly gets down to the nitty-gritty of explaining and analysing the ways to do it. What I like about this book is the lavish use of examples and sample lessons. He urges that teachers develop personal theories of teaching grammar--there are plenty of theories and methods, but I think one can only decide by trying them on for size. Attention to the organization of the chapters and a neat "Conclusions" section at the end of every chapter makes navigating through this book easy. Highly recommended.
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A "How To Hit" Again May 15 2007
By Mouldy Pilgrim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"How to Teach Grammar", like others in the series, (How To Teach Pronunciation (Book with Audio CD)), is an excellent and very practical resource. As always, it is written with the classroom teacher in mind, and Scott Thornbury has written a very accessible and very useful book.

The book covers some broad areas, such as why teach grammar and even how "NOT" to teach it. Thornbury gives three broad approaches: teaching grammar from examples, texts and rules. He also covers issues related to correcting it, practicing it and integrating it through a couple of different approaches, (such as PPP and skills-based teaching).

I found the book an excellent resource for new ideas and getting a fresh look at a complex issue. If you have been a teach for awhile and happen to be looking for a renewed outlook on grammar, this could be a book that you need to see. I loved it, and still refer to it a lot.
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A good book to keep in your home library! June 25 2010
By Taran Hans - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think this book is a must-have. It is systematic and at the end of each section there is a conclusion, like a wrap-up. As much information as you can get on the internet there is nothing like having a book of this kind in your hands as a ready-reckoner. I use this book in my own home school; its a good book.
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GOOD BOOK FOR ESL TEACHERS May 27 2013
By James Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great practical book for ESL teachers. It's well organized and thought out. It gives theory but not too theoretical while presenting many good ideas and approaches for integrating grammar into activities-based classes.
Four Stars Sept. 19 2014
By Ruth Scovill - Published on Amazon.com
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Lot of interesting ideas and analysis for teaching grammar to ESL students.


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