Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers: Explaining English Grammar

Paperback | July 20, 1999

byGeorge Yule

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This is a book designed to help teachers understand English grammar and explain it to their students. Each chapter focuses on a problematic area, for example 'Articles', 'Conditionals', and 'Direct and indirect speech', and includes exercises for the reader and teaching ideas.

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A great guide for language teachers, this book provides a fresh approach to grammar. Explaining English Grammar offers in-depth coverage of topics that may otherwise be difficult for instructors to explain. These possible trouble-spots include articles and direct and indirect speech. Exercises and teaching ideas make this book a great ...

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This is a book designed to help teachers understand English grammar and explain it to their students. Each chapter focuses on a problematic area, for example 'Articles', 'Conditionals', and 'Direct and indirect speech', and includes exercises for the reader and teaching ideas.

George Yule has worked as an English teacher in Britain, Canada, Jamaica, and Saudi Arabia. He has also taught Applied Linguistics in the Universities of Edinburgh, Hawaii, Louisiana State and Minnesota.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:350 pages, 9.65 × 6.5 × 0.79 inPublished:July 20, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0194371727

ISBN - 13:9780194371728

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Preface1. IntroductionOverviewBasic Forms- On terminology- On being ungrammatical- On good EnglishBasic meanings- 'I am more interesting in English Grammar'- Why can I say 'I shot the sheriff', but not *'I smiled the sheriff'?- Linguistic distanceMeanings in context- Discussion topics and projects- Teaching ideas- Further reading2. ArticlesOverviewBasic forms- An article machineBasic meanings- Countability- Singular or plural?- Individuation- Conceptual structure: classifying and identifyingMeanings in context- Already given: anaphoric and cataphoric (the)- Clearly given (zero article)- A note on a new article- Discussion topics and projects- Teaching ideas- Further reading3. Tense and aspectOverviewBasic forms- The basic structureBasic meanings- Tense- Aspect- Lexical aspect- Grammatical aspectMeanings in context- In a magazine article- In academic writing- In narratives- In a news report- In spoken discourse- Discussion topics and projects- Teaching ideas- Further reading4. ModalsOverviewBasic forms- The simple modalsBasic meanings- Epistemic modality- Root modality- Necessary and possibleMeanings in context- The potential of can- The possibility of may- The necessity of must- The likelihood of will- The requirements of should- Negation and modals- Discussion topics and projects- Teaching ideas- Further reading5. ConditionalsOverviewBasic forms- Factual conditionals- Predictive conditionals- Hypothetical conditionals- Counterfactual conditionalsBasic meanings- What happens if ... ?- What will happen if ... ?- What would happen if ... ?- What would have happened if ... ?Meanings in context- Restating- Contrasting- Listing alternatives- Giving examples- End-weight- Uncertainty and politeness- Exceptional and concessive conditionals- Discussion topics and projects- Teaching ideas- Further reading6. Prepositions and particlesOverviewBasic formsPrepositionsBasic meanings: prepositions- Location in space- Location in time- Location in metaphorParticlesBasic meanings: particles- Up and down- Off, on, out, and awayMeanings in context- End-weight- Discussion topics and projects- Teaching ideas- Further reading7. Indirect objectsOverviewBasic forms- Types of verbs- Basic structures: origins and pronunciationBasic meanings- Humans, transfer, and having- Transfer and not having- Creating, getting, and benefitingMeanings in context- End-weight- Linguistic distance- Discussion topics and projects- Teaching ideas- Further reading8. Infinitives and gerundsOverviewBasic formsBasic meanings- Group 1: verbs with only finite (that ...) complements- Group 2: verbs with only to-V non-finite complements- Group 3: verbs with only V-ing non-finite complements- Group 4: verbs with both to-V and V-ing complementsMeanings in context- Noun-like events- Verb-like actions- Deny and refuse- Types of verbs- Linguistic distance- Discussion topics and projects- Teaching ideas- Further reading9. Relative clausesOverviewBasic forms- Subject relatives- Object relatives- After-preposition relatives- Possessive relatives- Basic structuresBasic meanings- Who, which, that- Where, when, whyMeanings in context- Introducing new information- Connecting with given information- End-weight- Discussion topics and projects- Teaching ideas- Further reading10. Direct and indirect speechOverviewBasic formsBasic meanings- Direct speech as drama- Indirect speech as narrative- Summarized reports- Reporting verbs- 'The teachers were saying ...'Meanings in context- Free indirect discourse- Constructed dialogue- Discussion topics and projects- Teaching ideas- Further readingbr / Glossary Bibliography Answers to exercises Index

From Our Editors

A great guide for language teachers, this book provides a fresh approach to grammar. Explaining English Grammar offers in-depth coverage of topics that may otherwise be difficult for instructors to explain. These possible trouble-spots include articles and direct and indirect speech. Exercises and teaching ideas make this book a great tool for classroom use.

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'A joy to read.' - Judges of the Ben Warren Prize 1999