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Product Details

  • Paperback: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Tenaya Press (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979612829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979612824
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

This book was written for ESL students whose written work looks like this:"It was a busy day at the store. She was a talk on the phone. She not want buy candy for child. He wasn t early his date, he buy eggs but his child she play."

In this book, students progress slowly and methodically, with ample practice each step of the way. The book starts with the basics the difference between a word, sentence, and paragraph; the difference between a paragraph and a list; how to distinguish complete from incomplete sentences and moves forward from there. Students shed bad usage and punctuation habits early as they learn to edit their work and progress from writing simple paragraphs to writing paragraphs with more varied and complex sentences.

This book s methodology is simple; each chapter includes short lessons in grammar, sentence structure, and mechanics that students work through in preparation for an end-of chapter writing assignment that, in most cases, is based on a personal experience.

The audience for this book is ESL students at the low intermediate level as well as native English speakers who, for whatever reason, didn t master rudimentary writing skills. It assumes students have been exposed to basic English grammar, including knowledge of subject pronouns, possessive adjectives, preposition of time and place, and simple present and present continuous verbs.

About the Author

Elizabeth Weal teaches ESL to adults in Redwood City, CA. She has written seven ESL books that focus on addressing the needs of ESL students who have limited knowledge of grammar in both English and their native language. Writing in English: Step by Step, is her most recent book; she wrote it because of her observation that many of her students lacked basic knowledge about how to construct a paragraph in English. She is also the author of Gramatica del ingles: Paso a paso 1, Gramatica del ingles: Paso a paso 2, English Grammar: Step by Step 1, English Grammar: Step by Step 2, Teaching English: Step by Step 1, and Teaching English: Step by Step 2.

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Elizabeth Weal teaches ESL to primarily Spanish-speaking adult students in Redwood City, CA. Before that, she was a writer at Apple Computer and other high tech companies. She wrote Paso a Paso because she didn't think it was fair that, when she was learning Spanish (which she still is doing) she had hundreds of books to choose from that explained Spanish grammar, in English. In contrast, her Spanish-speaking students had access to very few books that explained English grammar in Spanish. Elizabeth loves hearing from people who use her book so please email her at elizabethweal@tenaya.com. Her passions are her family, her students, her friends, her new garden, reading, bicycling and cooking for appreciative people. She lives in Palo Alto, CA.

Elizabeth Weal enseña inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) principalmente a adultos hispanohablantes en Redwood City, CA. Antes de esto, fue redactora de Apple Computer y otras empresas de alta tecnología. Escribió Paso a Paso porque cuando estaba aprendiendo español (que en realidad sigue haciéndolo) pensó que era injusto que ella pudiera elegir entre cientos de libros que explicaban en inglés la gramática del español y que, por el contrario, sus alumnos tuvieran acceso a muy pocos libros que explicaran en español la gramática del inglés. A Elizabeth le encanta recibir noticias de la gente que usa su libro, así que no dudes en enviarle un correo electrónico (elizabethweal@tenaya.com). Sus pasiones son su familia, sus alumnos, sus amigos, su jardín nuevo, leer, andar en bicicleta y cocinar para la gente que lo valora. Vive en Palo Alto, CA.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By barbara lincoln murphy on July 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
I used Writing in English: Step by Step in my high intermediate ESL class last winter. The book is very well organized and focused. Each chapter focuses on a couple of grammar and writing points (nouns, verbs, present tense, past tense, adjectives, punctuation, compound sentences etc.). Each chapter also has a specific topic to write about that is interesting and actually quite meaningful to the students. There are a lot of useful and innovative grammar exercises to reinforce the grammar as well. The book helps students brainstorm, write, edit, and re-write paragraphs. I found the book to be very helpful and will continue to use it as my writing source in my ESL classes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Main on June 9, 2013
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This is a great companion to the Step by Step grammar books by the same author. It is especially helpful for students with limited knowledge of writing in English and clearly explains the differences between English and Spanish. I have one student who has struggled with the high school exit exam and this book made the difference! She said she now understands a lot of concepts that had eluded her in high school--and she has her Diploma! There are lots of opportunities for practice in both structured and real-life situations. The price makes it very affordable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Tiernan-Stahler on June 20, 2013
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As a teacher of English for forty years, I have used hundreds of books with students. When one finds books that REALLY WORK and positively impact student learning, teacher and learner enthusiasm abounds! Elizabeth Weal's books are winners! It was a lucky day when I discovered them! The books target those very common hurdles for English learners in a manner whereby success is imminent. The best time and money spent lies within the pages of Ms. Weal's books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne M. Laurent on June 9, 2013
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Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County has been using "Writing in English:Step by Step" with our ESL and Basic Education students. Both tutors and students love the the book's format, interesting exercises, and sytematic approach to writing. Even reluctant writers are responding to this approach!

Anne Laurent - Coordinator, Literacy Partners
Bob Garfinkel- President, Literacy Partners and tutor for 7 years
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Willie Denise "Didi" Schrier on February 22, 2013
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I find with this book, it is easy for me to teach the students and it is easy for them to understand with this book more so than some others that I have studied as possibilities for teaching my class.
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