English Grammar Today with CD-ROM: An A-Z of Spoken and Written Grammar (Book & CD Rom) Paperback – 7 Apr 2011
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English Grammar Today is an indispensable reference guide to contemporary English grammar and usage. With extensive corpus research at its core, it provides over 500 entries organised into an easy-to-use A–Z structure. Authentic examples of written and spoken English place the grammar in context and the clear explanations make it ideal for intermediate learners of English at CEF levels B1-B2, including those preparing for IELTS or Cambridge English exams such as Preliminary and First. The book comes with a free CD-ROM that provides the book content and nearly 200 additional entries, plus audio recordings of all the examples and dialogues.
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There also appears to be some key ommissions like split infinitives and other anomalies such as redundant words for example, "for free"!
Overall, a good book with useful CD-Rom, but it is certainly not as user friendly as I had hoped.
Written specifically for students learning English as a second language, the book aims to match itself to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) levels B1 (limited expression in familiar situations & general information processing) and B2 (competency across a range of topics & goals). It would certainly seem to fulfil the B2 requirement, but the layout and organisation of the book may prove more difficult for students below this level.
The main reason for this is the A-Z layout: whilst being a very sensible method of organising so much information, unless you actually know the term you're looking for, you'll have to flick through the book in the hopes of stumbling across it (or start at the beginning and hope it crops up in one of the early entries). For students being taught formally who already have a decent grasp of the language, this shouldn't be so much of a problem, but for someone at a lower level or trying to teach / re-teach themselves the rules of English grammar, it makes it quite tricky to use. Whilst the CD-ROM addresses this to some extent, it can still be hard to find exactly what you're looking for.
Despite its comprehensive nature, there are also some interesting omissions. Antonyms are mentioned, but synonyms and homonyms are not (something that I personally would have thought to be important for all-round competency).Read more ›
The book is primarily for those learning English as a second language and native speakers who wish to progress from the dumbing down of language by modern television usage such as "Youf" and "init?" Such dumbing down has a pervasive influence. A work colleague and I analysed graffiti which read, "Get back where you came from" and concluded it should have read, "Get back from whence you came." Both are understandable but, as the book makes clear, there is a difference between formal and informal use of English. English can confuse non-English speakers when two words which are spelled differently sound the same when spoken, as in "bough" and "bow".Read more ›
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