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

Marianne Celce-Murcia , Diane Larsen-Freeman
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July 24 1998 0838447252 978-0838447253 2
In this highly acclaimed revision, grammatical descriptions and teaching suggestions are organized into sections dealing with Form, Meaning, and Use. THE GRAMMAR BOOK, Second Edition helps teachers and future teachers grasp the linguistic system and details of English grammar, providing more information on how structures are used at the discourse level.

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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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Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman is one of the most renowned names in the field of ESL particularly in the area of grammar. She is a professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of Language Teacher Education at the School for International Training in Brattleboro Vermont. In addition to her co-authorship of The Grammar Book she is the editor of Discourse Analysis in Second Language Research and is the Series Director for Grammar Dimensions: Form Meaning and Use.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucid and comprehensive Feb. 5 2003
Format:Hardcover
I recently purchased this book and I can sincerely say that 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. Mastering english grammar has never been easier, even though I am not implying that it will not require a tremendous amount of effort on your side to master the advanced elements of grammar. None the less, as with everything else in life, being really good at something takes hard work and perseverance. THE GRAMMAR BOOK will dramatically improve your grammatical skills. Marianne Celce-Murcia uses simple terminology in her book in order to facilitate comprehension of difficult grammatical concepts. Even though the book is comprehensive, it nevertheless is lucid and accessible. Practising but especially 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. Thus I strongly recommend THE GRAMMAR BOOK to prospective ESL/EFL teachers and advanced students of english language. In my view, this is not a book for beginners. Those who are rather unfamiliar with basic concepts of english grammar should purchase a book called FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR by Azar.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all ESL/EFL teachers and trainers. Oct. 22 1998
Format:Hardcover
In '91, I took the first addition to Nicaragua and left it there for the new EFL teachers at the university where I worked. I have two copies--one at home and the other in the office. If the second edition is an improvement then it should be on your desk if you are in the field and at all interested in improving your teaching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucid and comprehensive Feb. 5 2003
By Srebrenica Forever - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I recently purchased this book and I can sincerely say that 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. Mastering english grammar has never been easier, even though I am not implying that it will not require a tremendous amount of effort on your side to master the advanced elements of grammar. None the less, as with everything else in life, being really good at something takes hard work and perseverance. THE GRAMMAR BOOK will dramatically improve your grammatical skills. Marianne Celce-Murcia uses simple terminology in her book in order to facilitate comprehension of difficult grammatical concepts. Even though the book is comprehensive, it nevertheless is lucid and accessible. Practising but especially 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. Thus I strongly recommend THE GRAMMAR BOOK to prospective ESL/EFL teachers and advanced students of english language. In my view, this is not a book for beginners. Those who are rather unfamiliar with basic concepts of english grammar should purchase a book called FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR by Azar.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for ESL teachers Oct. 6 2010
By Eric Regener - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has been a classic reference on English grammar, structure and usage ever since the 1983 first edition. It is comprehensive, thorough, and clear. The organization of the topics is a model for teaching. For my own ESL teaching I frequently look here for detailed explanations and examples which can be found nowhere else. The second edition has updated the grammar treatment according to the latest theory, is even more methodical than the first edition, and introduces valuable new topics.

Now pay attention, because you might not want this book at all! It's a technical reference book for English teachers with good prior training. Before you spend a lot of money on it, make sure it's what you want! Don't expect it to be something it has no intention of being. It's not a textbook for learners, and it's not for casual readers, beginners, or ESL students. People with no training in linguistics or grammar will find it above their level, so be warned! There are many more useful and cheaper books for you out there.

If you're an English teacher or planning to be one, if you're really interested in the "why" of grammar and usage, and if you don't mind detailed technical explanations, then you will find "The Grammar Book" invaluable. It adds to your understanding of every topic, offers fascinating insights into the workings of language, and has really useful examples everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "why" of English, in detail Oct. 24 2006
By talkaboutquality - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
You don't have to be a teacher of English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) to use this book. You do have to be very interested in how to write and speak correct English, and in exceptions to rules and the patterns behind them. The book is more than a desk reference, but not meant to be read cover-to-cover. The curious reader can open at almost any chapter and learn something new about daily English usage. The authors assume knowledge of some grammatical terms -- look them up in a dictionary as needed (I did). Multiple indexes allow you to find explanations both by topic and by word.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Vastly Over-Rated Sept. 28 2011
By Crone Dancer - Published on Amazon.com
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Much as I hate to disagree with my colleagues, I found this book to be poorly written, overly verbose and beyond dull. Common grammar terms were not used, nor was the extensive terminology adequately explained. There was no glossary and the in-text definitions were incomplete. The index was inadequate. I have taught grammar for 20+ years, and have had classes in 5 different languages. I would *never* inflict so much useless information on my own students because it would confuse them. It confused me! Normally, *nouns* are inflected and *verbs* conjugated; not here! This was especially frustrating because of the high price of the book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for grammar instructors Sept. 22 2008
By soy.de - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is comprehensive, technical, yet relatively easy to understand. As I move through the linguistics curriculum in my MA program as well as my career an ESL/English Comp instructor, I see myself referring to this book over and over.
It is expensive for a reason. It's a thorough, hard-cover reference book that can be used for years, or, at least until the major rules of English change.

If you are new to English grammar, do not buy this book. It's too technical for students trying/continuing to try to learn grammar. If you plan to teach English as a foreign language or 2nd language, this is a good reference for you to have so you explain the 'why' questions that tend to stump you.
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