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5.0 out of 5 stars Connects language functions to grammar
This book is great. It does a lot to bridge the gap between teaching grammar and pragmatics (or language functions).
It goes beyond the decontextualized grammar that most grammar books provide and describes how the peculiarities and idiosyncracies of nine difficult areas of English grammar can be explained to students. The areas include articles, tense and...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute garbage!
This book is unreadable both subject-wise and stylistically. It is among the worst textbooks I have ever had the displeasure reading in the most hair-splitting, shoe-gazing, useless information genres imaginable. AVOID. A horrible way to learn and an even worse way to teach!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Connects language functions to grammar, July 30 1999
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This review is from: Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers: Explaining English Grammar (Paperback)
This book is great. It does a lot to bridge the gap between teaching grammar and pragmatics (or language functions).
It goes beyond the decontextualized grammar that most grammar books provide and describes how the peculiarities and idiosyncracies of nine difficult areas of English grammar can be explained to students. The areas include articles, tense and aspect, modals, conditionals, prepositions and particles, indirect objects, infinitives and gerunds, relative clauses, and direct and indirect speech. The "Teaching Ideas" section at the end of each chapter connects grammar up with classroom activities, both the usual grammar worksheet type of activity and the interactive-communicative type.
It would have been nice if the book provided more ways to connect specific types of communicative activities with specific points of grammar, but I've been able to use this book to understand how the communicative activities I use regularly contain implicit grammar practice.
Jon Fernquest ferni@loxinfo.co.th bayinnaung@hotmail.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful, Oct. 15 2011
This review is from: Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers: Explaining English Grammar (Paperback)
This book shows you another way of looking at grammar and is very helpful for language teachers. It explains everything in a simple way and also contains useful tips for teaching the concepts in the classroom.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute garbage!, Feb. 14 2013
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This book is unreadable both subject-wise and stylistically. It is among the worst textbooks I have ever had the displeasure reading in the most hair-splitting, shoe-gazing, useless information genres imaginable. AVOID. A horrible way to learn and an even worse way to teach!
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