Fundamentals of English Grammar - Second Edition 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0133382785
ISBN-10: 0133382788
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An intermediate grammar, revised edition of a best seller.

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This second edition provides a well organized core of material around which instructors can build classroom activities and a course syllabus. Presents material that is interesting, adult, and realistic in terms of current usages and both needs in and outside the classroom. It also views vocabulary development as integral to the development of structure usage.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (February 18, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0133382788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0133382785
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A. Grupp on October 2, 2001
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This is not a good book if you are a student just beginning to learn English. For heaven's sake, don't buy this as a textbook unless the student for whom it is intended is very academic! However, it is an excellent resource for teachers, especially native English speakers. We don't know our own grammar from a hole in the ground.
I used the edition of this with the blue cover. It has the most wonderful diagrams I've ever seen showing how English verb tenses work. I can't find a picture of a blue one or I'd buy it again.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By I. Rodden on May 24, 2000
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Having taught English asa Second Language in Asia and the States as well as elementary school English and literacy, Azar is the best. Her examples are clear and interesting. The excercises are real to life. Her charts are invaluable to make things systematic and clear for all levels of students.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 1999
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I am an esl teacher of intermediate level adult students and I have been using this book in my class for about a year. I love the book, and even better, so do my students! The explanations are clear, and the exercises are superb. We do a combination of oral,aural, and written exercises. It's a great book to use in the classroom, and I have a number of students who have bought it to use for study at home. It's informative,thorough, and FUN!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1999
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This and the other books in the Azar English Grammar series are great tools for teaching adult second language learners. It's really a system they can grow with. It makes my job as an ESL teacher a breeze.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael McBroom on May 7, 2012
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I have a BA and an MA in Linguistics and I because of my training I know a few things about language acquisition. In this respect Azar's books just fit comfortably with my knowledge base and experience. I have used both Azar's _Basic English Grammar_ and _Fundamentals_ in my ESL teachings. I liked the Basic book so much that I decided on her Fundamentals as the next step up, and it didn't disappoint. As with the Basic book, Fundamentals is a straightforward, solid text with plenty of useful examples and student drills and assignments. The subject matter is useful and practical, designed for the mature teen or adult. Azar also includes, and does an admirable job of explaining, many "real-world" usages, most of which tend to be the niggling exceptions that often drive both teacher and student batty. Rules are many times presented in an arbitrary fashion, however, leaving clarification up to the instructor. I don't mind this, though. Azar provides the "what" and I provide the "how" and "why." The only reason why I gave this book four stars instead of five is because, even though I don't mind the arbitrariness, I suspect others might. Forewarned is forearmed and all that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Tonon-kozma on October 22, 2009
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Before purchasing this one I have looked at several others, but this is the one. I speak 5 languages (I am Hungarian, but I am fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, Russian and I know a little French), and I guaranty you that if you know this book, you know everything you need to about English Grammar. Also the book is very well organized and straight forward. I really recommend it.
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By h. stoughton on July 6, 2013
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i like this book, excellent for teachers with students who ask a lot of questions about grammar. i bought a new version for my own use at home, and a beat-up used one for the classroom, just in case it should disappear. would not want to do without it. my students flip through it and tell me what would interest them. when we take off, it might lead to something else. just as long as it sparks curiosity and interest.
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By miamiguy on April 17, 2011
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My ESL students run the gamut, from pre-teens to mid-career professionals. This one-of-a-kind book is a must for any serious instructor. All explanations are crystal-clear and the illustrations are excellent. Each point is reinforced with appropriate exercises and the order of presentation is both logical and useful. Five stars!
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