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    Grammar is my greatest weakness. Ideas for improvememt?

    Hi,

    I hate to admit it, but I really struggle with explaining English grammar beyond the basics. I'm looking for suggestions (books, strategies, or websites) that helped you learn how to teach intermediate/advanced grammar more effectively. I have a degree in TESL, but I have been teaching survival English for nearly six years now. Besides, most of what we learned in university revolved around sentence diagramming.

    Thanks for any helpful resources. I'm a good teacher in my context, but I really want to expand my opportunities (I am in Canada).

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    Re: Grammar is my greatest weakness. Ideas for improvememt?

    Whenever I have been stuck for an explanation, I have used 'Practical English Usage' by Michael Swan


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    Re: Grammar is my greatest weakness. Ideas for improvememt?

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    Hello, Renard:

    Assuming that I am allowed to post in this forum if I have something constructive to suggest, I would like to strongly recommend that you check out the series of books called Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy.

    He explains ideas clearly on one page and then on the facing page, he gives some exercises.

    I understand that some editions have the answers, too.

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    Re: Grammar is my greatest weakness. Ideas for improvememt?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Assuming that I am allowed to post in this forum if I have something constructive to suggest,
    Of course you are.
    I would like to strongly recommend that you check out the series of books called Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy.
    Murphy's books have been useful to students and beginning teachers for many years.

    The biggest problem I have found with them is that far too often his explanations suggest that there is only one correct answer in each sentence in a gap-fill exercises. His 'correct' answers are invariably correct, but some of the answers he rejects are completely acceptable. This can lead beginning teachers to reject perfectly acceptable sentences formed by learners, and cause confusion to learners who see and hear supposedly incorrect sentences all the time when they read newspapers or watch TV.

    On teacher-training courses I have not infrequently had to explain to trainees who use Murphy's books that they do have this drawback.
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    Re: Grammar is my greatest weakness. Ideas for improvememt?

    Thank you so much! I picked up a recent edition of Swan's book for $1.99 at a used bookstore. I will bring it to class and try that.

    I find it difficult to admit that grammar explanations are hard to come up with on the fly! It's true though, for me at least.

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    renard2: See if your edition has a section called Don't Say It!. It's about 4 pages of common mistakes with corrections and reference to the section of the book pertaining to that aspect of grammar. My more advanced students really like those exercises.

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    Re: Grammar is my greatest weakness. Ideas for improvememt?

    see if you can get hold of "Grammar for Writing" published by the English National Curriculum about 10 years ago- it's like a big glossary, aimed at helping primary school teachers (ie: teaching 7-11 yr olds, in Britain; teachers who do in fact teach all subjects to their pupils & are therefore not specialist teachers of English, as their senior school colleagues would be) No doubt out of print, but if you can find one it could be a useful part of your kit.

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    Re: Grammar is my greatest weakness. Ideas for improvememt?

    Quote Originally Posted by renard2 View Post
    Thank you so much! I picked up a recent edition of Swan's book for $1.99 at a used bookstore. I will bring it to class and try that.

    I find it difficult to admit that grammar explanations are hard to come up with on the fly! It's true though, for me at least.
    It will pay for itself time and time again.

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