- Publisher: Klett Sprachen Gmbh (Mar. 2010)
- Language: German, English
- ISBN-10: 3125338271
- ISBN-13: 978-3125338272
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.6 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 890,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Grammar for English Language Teachers: With Exercises and a key (German) Paperback – 1 Mar 2010
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Trainers I talked to were effusive in their praise of its clear-headed expositions. With recommendations like that, I rushed out and bought it, a purchase I will not regret. Jeremy Harmer MET Journal
One of the most useful features of the book is the inclusion of consolidation exercises at the end of each section --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Grammar for English Language Teachers provides an accessible reference for planning lessons and clarifying learners' problems. It includes a typical difficulties section in each chapter, which explores learners' problems and mistakes and offers ways of overcoming them. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The format of the book is also excellent with an abundance of clear sub-headings, which include Key Considerations, What Is..., Consolidation Exercises, and Difficulties For Learners sections. The layout is also good and easy on the reader with large sections of text broken up with tables and bullet pointed lists and examples.
Most serious English language teachers will probably own more than one grammar refrence book, while others, such as new teachers, may only own a single book. Either way, and regardless of which category you should fall into, this book should be given serious consdideration to anyone looking to invest in a good quality grammar reference book.
I found the cursory treatment of the present perfect in little more than a page and a half particularly surprising. Typical "rules of thumb" were dismissively called into question (perhaps fair enough) but this was neither qualified with examples nor better alternatives.
I also found that it varies from the descriptive to the prescriptive, often without explicitly saying so. For example, the use of "might could" instead of "might be able to". I had never heard of "might could", which a colleague explained is used in the southern states of the USA. This local usage was not mentioned in the book and could easily throw non-native teachers (just as it threw me!).
Furthermore, many assertions are qualified with little more than "some people use..." without explaining why or in what circumstances. Or vague assertions like, "We sometimes use had to instead of must" (p129), when in fact to talk about obligation in the past it's impossible to use must. If this was the case it would sound like this 'I must have gone to the police station', which has a completely different modal meaning (a logical deduction) to 'I had to go to the police station'.
It mentions that some native-speaker ways of using grammar could be penalised in exams in some cases but not in others. Cambridge exams like FCE or CAE would expect candidates to use either US or British standards of spelling and grammar, but I feel these distinctions are not made clearly enough in the book.
In other places I feel the descriptions are incomplete and insufficiently thorough.Read more ›
It provides learners with difficulty and problematic issues that they may encounter.
Personally, I benefited from it.
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Don't try to do an English language teaching course with this as your main text book because it focuses more on students' language rather than the grammar you would need in depth... Read morePublished 10 months ago by James Smith
Good A-Z listing of grammar areas with clear explanations for each and every language sectionPublished 11 months ago by Adam
A very comprehensive and easy to understand book on English Grammar.Published on 4 Jan. 2015 by June
Excellent grammar book. Covers everything you could possibly ask for and more. Recommend. Clear and concise with lots of exercisesPublished on 17 Jan. 2014 by Mimma Copeman
not too bad it serves a study purpose that is all, this is ridiculous I have to write so many words in this box.Published on 24 Jun. 2013 by Cara Guelfi