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ISBN-13: 978-0137071692
ISBN-10: 0137071698
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A classic developmental skills text for lower-intermediate and intermediate English language learners, Fundamentals of English Grammar is a comprehensive reference grammar as well as a stimulating and teachable classroom text.

 

While keeping the same basic approach and material as in earlier editions, the fourth edition more fully develops communicative and interactive language-learning activities. Some of the new features are:

  • Innovative Warm-Up exercises that precede the grammar charts and introduce points to be taught
  • Structure-based listening exercises ranging from casual speech to more academic content
  • A wide selection of readings that highlight the target grammar structures
  • Greatly expanded speaking practice with extensive pair, group, and class work
  • Writing activities with models for students to follow
  • Corpus-informed syllabus that reflects the discourse patterns of spoken and written English
  • Audio CDs and Listening Script in the back of the Student Book
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education ESL; 4th edition (January 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137071698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137071692
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matthew E. Owen on April 17, 2014
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After finishing the Azar books:

Will you increase your familiarity with grammar concepts? Absolutely. You will be introduced to new structures and you will improve your ability to differentiate between similar structures. You’ll be exposed to many important grammar terms, and you’ll probably increase your own grammatical awareness.

Will your understanding of English grammar improve? Probably. With your increased familiarity, English grammar will begin to become more comfortable. The ample practice exercises will reinforce correct construction, and your ability to reproduce correct grammar structures will improve.

Will your actual grammar improve in “real life?” Possibly, a little bit. There is a good chance that your increased familiarity and understanding will result in more accurate language production in authentic situations. However, reading grammar explanations does not offer a realistic understanding of the true meaning of a grammar function. Similarly, completing out-of-context gap-fill exercises will be unlikely to have a noticeable impact on your spoken and written accuracy.

The bottom line is that the Azar series of books is best used as supplemental practice to a properly staged and scaffolded general English or grammar course. The book is not set up to be a grammar course or a grammar self-study course. Its information is decontextualized, and the lessons are organized by concept rather than in a series of logical and incremental steps. The information in the book does not build on the information that came before, rather each chapter is it’s own beast that must be tamed.

For students wishing to learn grammar from a book, I advise that if there is even the tiniest chance to take an English course or find a tutor, do it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Richard Stolley on November 13, 2012
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I have used several previous versions of this text and have found it very useful in the past. The latest edition is improved in several areas
1. The text examples have been updated to employ 21st century language and the use of modern communication methods (email/ texting vis-a vis letter writing).
2. The illustrations are updated and in color.
3. The inclusion of meaningful oral exercises are peppered in to reinforce the grammar construct being discussed.

I would recommend this to any ESL teacher of adults either as a stand-alone program or the way I use it, to supplement an existing ESL program
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By George on June 14, 2011
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I am studying for the GMAT and I needed to strengthen my grammar foundation. This book has been very helpful.
The layout is very clear and well organized.

-English is my 2nd language.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tenzin on February 13, 2013
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Nice and awesome book, It help me learn easy . I don;t want to say anymore, but overall it fantastic and best book for person who's English is second languages !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Battles on June 30, 2013
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It is not easy to learn a second language and master its full potential. This book gives guidance that really helps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Russell D on February 25, 2013
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I like that it has answers. So you can study or you can use it for teaching and use the key answers at the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M.J.H. on June 15, 2014
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Betty Azar is the grammar queen! Her grammar books guide English Language Learners step by step as they learn the English grammar system. The fourth edition of Fundamentals includes a CD for listening and pronunciation practice which makes this edition worth the investment even if you have purchased previous editions. The warm-up exercises, which are not found in previous editions, are a valuable addition. Students attempt to "guess" the correct answer before the grammar point is presented, allowing for some inductive learning. The book includes many exercises to help ELLs grasp the presented grammar point.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beto Costa on November 8, 2011
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I love it!!! I'm an English teacher and this book has some exercises we can use in classroom! It is also a good self-study grammar!
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