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Basic Grammar in Use Student's Book with Answers and CD-ROM: Self-study Reference and Practice for Students of North American English 3rd Edition
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This is very specific & to the point, good examples & I rarely find errors. I have a CD in my copy of the book, it is really useful for the student to be able to listen to it & learn from it, whether I am available or not.
My other ESL 'go to' books are; OPD / Oxford Picture Dictionary 9780194700597, Year in the life of an ESL student 9781604945348 (best I've found for idioms), Clear Grammar (the whole series of 4 sets of book + workbook) 9780472032419, & this one - Basic Grammar.
So far, after many years of trial & error, these are the nucleus of my ESL teaching library. I would also caution anyone to ensure the student adds an excellent physical bilingual dictionary - not just use the online dictionaries. I push the student to learn some online - especially sound, but also ensure (through questioning, essays & example) that they learn independent vocabulary & can utilize that vocab knowledgeably in essays, etc.
For this price, you can't really go wrong.
The reason for the 3 stars is the CD-ROM. The application on the CD-ROM is as good as the book...if you have a computer screen with a height of 800 pixels or more. On a desktop with a screen resolution of 1280x800 or 1152x864, you should have no issues, But the buttons to click "complete" at the end of the various features on the CD-ROM are at the bottom of the window and will not be usable if your display area max is 1366x768 or less, like most mid-size laptops. Unlike every basic application for Windows written in the last 15 years (since Windows XP), the basic feature of re-sizing a window to the viewable display area was not incorporated into the application on the CD-ROM, an inexcusable oversight for anyone who wishes to use the CD-ROM on a laptop.
If you want to use this book without the CD-ROM I would highly recommend it, or if you do wish to use the CD-ROM, I would first ascertain whether your computer display is capable of 800 or more display height (1280x800 or 1152x864 or better) before purchasing the CD-ROM version.