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Grammar for English Language Teachers: With Exercises and a key (German) Paperback – 1 Mar 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • 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)

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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.

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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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An excellent resource, which all teachers of the English language, EFL or otherwise, should give serious consideration to. Every grammatical point is extensively covered in detail (514 pages) with each area of grammar being explained expansively and broken down in it's component parts, which further outlines specific teaching points such as construction and use.

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.
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A book for those with already a good grasp of english grammar as the language and order does not aim for the beginner. I give up after a few pages when words were thrown in with no prior explanation. A good book but for the already practising and experienced teacher of grammar.
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This is on the recommended reading list for the TEFL Diploma course I am studying and I am finding it raises more questions than it answers.

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.
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This grammar book is quite big in size, but it is definitely excellent. Each topic is explained in detail, chapters are put in a logical order and paragraphs are well spaced, so one doesn't get tired and bored after reading the first pages. It is a must for anyone who wants to keep a grammar reference guide on the bookshelf.
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On the surface this book appears extremely detailed, but closer usage and inspection shows that the explanations can be unclear, ambiguous, and at times unintuitive for the reader. Further, the explanations of the grammar points are sometimes structured in such a way that very important exceptions and caveats are not given when they would seem most appropriate. I struggled with this book as a trainee teacher, and having returned to it over the course of my career as a profeesional English language teacher, I would certainly NOT recommend it to aspiring or freshly qualified teachers. Avoid.
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Well, this book is definitely a great help for teachers who wants to acknowledge the basics of grammar.
It provides learners with difficulty and problematic issues that they may encounter.
Personally, I benefited from it.
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This is a good book, for someone who is non native learning to teach English. It is also useful for native speakers. It has good explanations, however I also found it wordy.
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An excellent book to have for english native speakers as Grammar explanation is very easy and simple to understand. A must have for TESOL student
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