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How English Works: A Grammar Practice Book

4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0194314565
ISBN-10: 0194314561
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'An exciting and innovative book... definitely a book worth looking at, and anyone interested in the way English grammar teaching is going should get their hands on How English Works as a matter of priority!' - The TEFL Farm

About the Author

Michael Swan is a writer specializing in English language teaching and reference materials. His interests include pedagogic grammar, mother-tongue influence in second language acquisition, and the relationship between applied linguistic theory and classroom language-teaching practice, and he has published a number of articles on these topics. Michael has had extensive experience with adult learners and has worked with teachers in many countries. He is a Visiting Professor at St Mary's College, University of Surrey.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0194314561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0194314565
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.6 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I easily get bored when i read english grammar books, but with this book grammar become more enjoying and easy to understand. Before going through grammar lessons you can test your grammar by questions and know your weak points. You can use it as starter book for english grammar and as reference. It is very clear, simple, readable and contains some colorful cartoons. With each topic there is tasks and excercises. I highly recommend it for intermediate students.
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A very clear book. It's great at explaination, short on excercises- but it does have an answer key. Too few excercises for a text, but a great refrence for teachers and ESL students.
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I am very glad to see that this book is rated 5 stars here in amazon.com, for my opinion is that such book is a most perfect one for purposes of grammar practice of the English language.
What really should be noticed is that, usually, the more advanced the book is, the more tiring it is for the student to read; but the previous logic does not apply to this one! I feel a great pleasure in reading it and doing its exercises mainly because of one very important caracteristic that every didatic book should embody: the abundance of visual elements, especially the little comic strips and the numerous strong sayings uttered by various famous people, which are spread profusely throughout the book. Its visually rich and coloured pages shall, most certainly, banish the usual boredom that students feel in studying grammar, and please, future reader, do not worry; the contents of the book are also very rich, and I may assure any purchaser in potential that this book doesn't lack any important information; it is a thorough coverage for students who wish to get more fluent in written and spoken language alike.
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I love this book, it's really easy to use and read. I think it covers all you can imagine about English and it has a lot of exercises. I recommend this book for beginners and intermediate level. It can also be very useful for somebody that want to reinforce his/her English level.
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"How English Works" is an ok exercise and grammar book, though not without some points that are problematic.

The explanations for different grammar points and structures are well written and fairly easy to grasp for the most part. The book covers a large range of grammar points, and this is definitely something in favour of it. However, so do other books of a similar type.

The exercises are very limited, giving only a small amount of practice for each structure and form. In some cases, a lot was sacrificed for the sake of some excellent presentation, such as full colour pictures and so on. This lack of depth in the exercises means that students may have to supplement this book with another.

Overall, the "How English Works" is not a bad book, but I think there are better out there. This book would be good as a supplement to other books, or perhaps for a reference for students. However, I would not recommend it above all others.
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I bought this book to assist Grandson who goofed off in middle school and is using summer to catch up on studies so he can re-join his classmates in high school. As a writer, I was more than pleased with such a clear, common-sense breakdown of English; but when Grandson opened it he said "Dude, this rocks" and wants to keep it for future studies. Isn't that the best reommendation?

I have an immigrant friend who wants to start his own business and is concerned about presenting himself in a professional manner both verbally and in writing. This book will be the perfect gift!
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