- Paperback: 358 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1468191837
- ISBN-13: 978-1468191837
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,245,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
It is colorful, engaging, and visual. These are the first adjectives that come to mind when opening this book. The author uses every concept of learning to grab your attention. The very first message is--Relax. He continues, “Do you feel relaxed enough to read? If not, please close the book and relax a while!” From this point on . . . hang on to your hats because this isn’t your grandmother’s grammar book!
Traditional grammar books tell you the rules, give a few examples, and let you wing it the rest of the way. In this method of teaching, most people are asleep by middle of chapter one. That has been my problem. I’ve been trying to learn this stuff for twenty years! It’s about as exciting as watching grass grow; I never manage to get past the eight parts of speech before giving up.
Boone’s method of teaching is anything but boring. For example, in the first chapter — nouns, he explains what a noun is, then explains the two categories, and the four subcategories for common nouns. We learn why it is important to know this classification. Classification shows us when to use articles, different verb forms, and adjectives. Nouns change form in different sentences. Nouns change meaning when singular or plural. Nouns can show possession. Actually, this first chapter covers most everything you could think of about how nouns function in our language. The information is presented in a fun and colorful way.
I’ve had other things to do and will be busy for a bit longer, but when I can get back to studying, this will be my first “go-to” book. I love it.
I’d like to thank the author and Review the Book.com for this opportunity to review the book.
I enjoyed how the book takes one on a gradient through all of the parts of speech, offering a multitude of examples and lessons along the way. Each chapter, for example, in the various parts of speech offers a breakdown of the various aspects of that topic and quizzes the reader along the way. This makes it a very practical guide and useful reference to refer to.
For example, the early chapter on nouns explains generally what a noun is. Then as it progresses it become more specific, defining and giving examples of proper nouns, common nouns, collective noun, abstract nouns and mass nouns.
The chapter on adjectives particularly has wonderful examples building upon both the prior understanding of the use of nouns, and how adjectives apply to it. It also introduces the use of verbs quite smoothly. So as the book progresses through, chapter by chapter, the student can not only learn the next part of speech, but also build upon prior knowledge. A very nice segue from chapter to chapter.
I also liked how the book is illustrated. The illustrations are not overbearing or distracting, but tastefully applied to each chapter. They are used only when necessary to demonstrate an appropriate point in the various examples. The examples also tie in with current events to a greater or lesser degree, which gives it a fresh feel to the reader.
All in all there are 25 lessons with detailed quizzes and practical exercises. There answers are easily accessible in the back of the book, so a student can check how well they did on each section, and know if they need to restudy any portion. This also makes it a great tool for use in instruction.
The only negative I could suggest is that I would have liked to have seen active links in the table of contents in the eBook version, however, the overall quality of the lesson plan and presentation far surpasses this minor point. Additionally, which such a book, one is not likely to skip ahead to later chapters, so the absence of a linked table of contents is really a non-issue.
Overall this is one of the best books I have come across in this category, and so if you are looking for a new way to learn or teach another English, this would be a perfect book to start with. Major Kudos to the author for taking so much time putting this masterpiece together with such an easy flow and format! A great educational tool!
The information is laid out clearly and concisely. The lessons are well thought out, often challenging, but always relevant and informative: the inclusion of answers at the end of the book means you can quickly check your learning and, if necessary, go back over tricky areas. The book introduces things gradually, but in a logical manner, so whether you read from the start or dip into specific areas, you have an equally enjoyable and rewarding reading experience.
In summary, Boone's "English for the Eager Learners: Writing and Learning English Grammar" does an amazing job of taking one of the world's most complicated and idiosyncratic languages and breaking its elements down into 25 easily digestible chapters.
the title of the book is true to its name, eager learners would flock like birds to get their hand on a copy of this book. It has everything from pictures to stories that require grammatical correction and various other interesting examples and activities.
"English for the eager learners" is a book that both children and adults will enjoy. Great work by Ira .P. Boone...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This makes no sense at all. It's a workbook but you can't write answers in it or copy it to print it and, importantly.Read more