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Grammar for Teachers

A Guide to American English for Native and Non-Native Speakers


Part of the Springer Texts in Education book series (SPTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 1-19
  3. Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 21-43
  4. Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 45-80
  5. Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 81-117
  6. Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 163-209
  7. Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 211-242
  8. Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 243-277
  9. Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 313-344
  10. Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 345-372
  11. Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 373-400
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 401-439

About this book


Updated and revised with more examples and expanded discussions, this second edition continues the aim of providing teachers with a solid understanding of the use and function of grammatical structures in American English. The book avoids jargon and presents essential grammatical structures clearly and concisely. Dr. DeCapua approaches grammar from a descriptive rather than a prescriptive standpoint, discussing differences between formal and informal language, and spoken and written English. The text draws examples from a wide variety of authentic materials to illustrate grammatical concepts. The many activities throughout the book engage users in exploring the different elements of grammar and in considering how these elements work together to form meaning. Users are encouraged to tap into their own, often subconscious, knowledge of grammar to consciously apply their knowledge to their own varied teaching settings. The text also emphasizes the importance of understanding grammar from the perspective of English language learners, an approach that allows teachers to better appreciate the difficulties these learners face.  Specific areas of difficulties for learners of English are highlighted throughout.


TESOL course materials Non-native teachers of English grammar of English American English grammar ESL/EFL teacher training Grammar discovery activities

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA

About the authors

Andrea DeCapua, Ed.D., is an educator, researcher, and educational consultant. She has over thirty years' experience in the field, having held academic appointments at various institutions, most recently at New York University and University of North Florida. Her interests include second language acquisition, culture, and pedagogy for second language learners. Dr. DeCapua specializes in teacher training for teachers of language learners and in developing intercultural awareness for classrooms in a global society. She has published numerous articles on a variety of topics ranging from grammar to sociolinguistics to addressing the needs of struggling language low-literacy learners.  She is also the author of eight pedagogical texts, including the second edition of Grammar for Teachers: A Guide to American English for Native and Non-Native Speakers, published by Springer. 
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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Grammar for Teachers
  • Book Subtitle A Guide to American English for Native and Non-Native Speakers
  • Authors Andrea DeCapua
  • Series Title Springer Texts in Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Texts in Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-33914-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-33916-0
  • Series ISSN 2366-7672
  • Series E-ISSN 2366-7680
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XVI, 439
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Learning & Instruction
    Sociology of Education
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