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Teaching Grammar from Rules to Reasons: Practical Ideas and Advice for Working with Grammar in the Classroom Paperback – 14 Nov 2016

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd (14 Nov. 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1911028227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1911028222
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 1.7 x 17.9 cm
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About the Author

Danny Norrington-Davies is a teacher and teacher trainer. He began teaching in 1993 in Botswana and now works for International House and King's College in London.As a language teacher, his interests are grammar, materials development, emerging language, critical thinking and visualisation, and he is a member of the C Group, an independent and informal grouping of ELT professionals which aims collaboratively to share information, promote reflection and inquiry, and encourage action through more creative teaching practices. Danny also enjoys attending and speaking at conferences and has published articles for The Teacher Trainer, Folio and HLT magazine. This is his first book.

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IH teacher trainer Danny Norrington-Davies, who has become something of a must see feature at IATEFL and the English UK Teachers’ conferences over the last couple of year, distils many of the ideas he’s been presenting into this potentially revolutionary little volume, which argues for the importance of guiding students to an understanding of the reasons we select particular grammatical structures for particular communicative purposes over the rules for how we structure them.

The volume, following the format of the Delta Teacher Development Series, is divided into three sections. Section one lays the theoretical ground work for Norrington-Davies’s proposal; drawing on extensive background reading and a wealth of classroom experience, the writer explains the why and the how of grammar teaching. Section two contains 18 text and task based lesson plans that put the theory into practice. Section three outlines the implications of the new approach for teaching and training in a variety of contexts.

Norrington-Davies communicates a mass of information in a clear and confident way, and while it lacks much of the charm he brings to his conference presentations, it does get his message across. The lesson plans, although not well formatted for immediate classroom usage, are carefully selected to show the application of his approach for a wide variety of levels and structures. While the final sections successfully collects up and ties off any loose threads. Altogether an impressive first foray into publishing, which deserves its place alongside Lewis’s “The English Verb” for changing the way we think about the teaching and learning of grammar.

“By exploiting texts and tasks in the classroom, students can better understand meaning and language use through exploring the reasons why writers and speakers use specific items of grammar to say what they want to say.” - Danny Norrington-Davies
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