Save Big On Open-Box & Pre-owned: Buy "The Grammar Book: An ESL/EFL Teacher's Course, Sec...” from Amazon Warehouse Deals and save 11% off the $113.95 list price. Product is eligible for Amazon's 30-day returns policy and Prime or FREE Shipping. See all Open-Box & Pre-owned offers from Amazon Warehouse Deals.
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Grammar Book: An ESL/EFL Teacher's Course, Second Edition 2nd Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Books for teachers & leaders
New titles designed to help engage your students & develop your teaching skills.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
About the Author
Diane Larsen-Freeman is Professor Emerita of Education, Professor Emerita of Linguistics, and Former Director of the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is also a Distinguished Senior Faculty Fellow at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Dr. Larsen-Freeman has been a conference speaker in over 60 countries of the world and has published over 100 articles in her areas of interest. Her Heinle/Cengage titles include "The Grammar Book: Form, Meaning, and Use for English Language Teachers" (third edition, 2015, co-authored with Marianne Celce-Murcia), "From Grammar to Grammaring" (2003, authored), and the fourth edition of "Grammar Dimensions: Form, Meaning, and Use" (2007, Series Director). From 1980-1985, Dr. Larsen-Freeman was Editor of the journal "Language Learning." In 1997, Dr. Larsen-Freeman was inducted into the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1999, she was selected by ESL Magazine as one of "the ESL pioneers." In 2000, she received the lifetime achievement award from Heinle & Heinle.
Top Customer Reviews
Now pay attention, because you might not want this book at all! It's a technical reference book for English teachers with good prior training. Before you spend a lot of money on it, make sure it's what you want! Don't expect it to be something it has no intention of being. It's not a textbook for learners, and it's not for casual readers, beginners, or ESL students. People with no training in linguistics or grammar will find it above their level, so be warned! There are many more useful and cheaper books for you out there.
If you're an English teacher or planning to be one, if you're really interested in the "why" of grammar and usage, and if you don't mind detailed technical explanations, then you will find "The Grammar Book" invaluable. It adds to your understanding of every topic, offers fascinating insights into the workings of language, and has really useful examples everywhere.
It is expensive for a reason. It's a thorough, hard-cover reference book that can be used for years, or, at least until the major rules of English change.
If you are new to English grammar, do not buy this book. It's too technical for students trying/continuing to try to learn grammar. If you plan to teach English as a foreign language or 2nd language, this is a good reference for you to have so you explain the 'why' questions that tend to stump you.
The Grammar Book particularly shines when discussing those aspects of English grammar that native speakers grasp intuitively and rarely, if ever, come up in the first-language teaching of English but which non-native learners struggle to master. Why, for example, do we say "I like to swim" but "I dislike swimming" rather than "I dislike to swim"? Such portions of the book make it one that I continue to consult regularly.
From my perspective, the book has two main weakness (significant but not fatal). The first is that it sometimes gets a little too much into theory-specific grammatical analyses. For example, the authors use linguistic trees (x-bar notation) to illustrate sentence structure but the level of detail here is more appropriate to a graduate course in syntax. I taught grammar-for-teachers courses for many years, and while parse trees are a very useful pedagogical tool, I've always found that too much detail in the diagram, particularly when it involves abstract nodes, becomes overwhelming to the students and doesn't really help them explain much.
The second problem ultimately stems from its age.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book for a masters-level class I took in how to teach grammar to ESL students. Nearly everyone in the class agreed that we should have been given this book at the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rosemary West
The Grammar Book, 2nd Edition © 1999. "An ESL/EFL Teacher's Course.".
page 115."For instance, present perfect is used retrospectively to refer to a time prior to... Read more
The book is good, but the condition that it was reported to be in was false. Some pages were falling out and the book separated from the spine. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rebecca Jackson