The Teacher's Grammar of English with Answers: A Course Book and Reference Guide

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Cambridge University Press, May 26, 2008 - 709 pages
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The Teacher's Grammar of English is a comprehensive resource text designed to help ESL/EFL teachers understand and teach American English grammar. The Teacher's Grammar of English is a comprehensive resource text designed to help ESL/EFL teachers and teachers-in-training understand and teach American English grammar. In addition to complete, up-to-date coverage on form, meaning, and usage, each chapter includes practical suggestions for teaching, as well as a unique section that analyzes common errors made by learners from different first-language backgrounds, based on current research in second-language acquisition. Review exercises throughout each chapter make the book an ideal text for a course on English grammar. An answer key is included.
 

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I like that Ron Cowan uses just the right number of words for every note on grammar. The explanations are simple, clear and immensely helpful. I have referred to several books on grammar but this one shines because it highlights the nuances. The flow is good and the Mr. Cowan gets his meaning across without the use of any complicated words or phrases. I have not checked his notes on giving instruction and will not be able to comment on that. But, Thank you for creating this one for teachers like me.  

Contents

Introduction l
1
Constituent Structure 13 Phrases 14 Noun Phrases 15 Verb
27
Classroom Applications 39 Grammatical Errors 42 Making
54
YesNo Questions 61 Tag Questions 66 Wh Questions
71
Other Types of YesNo and Wh Questions 75 Problems That
86
Two Forms of Negation 89 Verbal Negation 89 Nonverbal
103
Imperative Sentences
110
Imperatives with a Visible You Subject 118 Problems That
128
Aspect 379 Suggestions for Teaching Tense and Aspect 383
383
Forming Passive Sentences 392 Using Passive Sentences
396
Problems That ESLEFL Students Have With Passive
410
Position and Reduction of Restrictive Relative Clauses
429
Nonrestrictive Relative Clauses 437 Problems That ESL
447
Conditional Sentences
449
Conditional Sentences 458 Problems That ESLEFL
470
Types of Subject Clauses 471 Use of Subject Clauses
484

Nonreferential There in Discourse 136 Additional Facts
141
Positions of Occurrence 147 The Meanings of Prepositions
162
Phrasal Verbs 170 Prepositional Verbs 175 Phrasal
180
Determiners and Their Order of Appearance 186 Types
210
Using Articles 220 Additional Facts About the Definite
226
Characteristics of Adjectives 238 Positions of Adjectives
241
Adverbs 256 Problems That ESLEFL Students Have With
258
Pronouns
266
Indefinite Pronouns 276 Pronouns and Agreement 279
279
Modal Verbs
293
Characteristics of Modals 293 Types of Modals 295 Pure
328
Two Patterns 330 Sentences
348
Tense and Aspect 350 Tenses in English
367
That Complements 495 Infinitive Complements 497 Gerund
505
Infinitive Complements 505 Verbs That Take Both Gerund
519
Fronting 529 Inversions 533 Problems That ESLEFL
545
Free Adjuncts 557 Problems That ESLEFL Students Have
566
Types of Comparisons 573 Comparative Forms
588
Coordination
595
Additional Facts About Clausal Coordination 607 Problems
608
Discourse Connectors 615 Discourse Markers 624
624
Appendix A Common Multiword Verbs
637
Glossary
665
Index of Topics
689
Art Credits
709
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