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Grammar for Teachers

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

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  • Grammar presented accessibly and clearly to help ESL/EFL teachers understand and explain how English works

  • Discovery activities throughout, designed for readers to explore grammar points on their own first, followed by discussions

  • Additional practice activities allow users to test their knowledge; error analysis activities allow practice in identifying and explaining typical ESL/EFL student errors

  • Grammar analyses and discussions based on authentic materials from the real world, making the text relevant and engaging

  • Formal versus informal grammatical choices examined, focusing on usage in differing contexts

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. What Is Grammar?

    • Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 1-19
  3. Morphology: Words and Their Parts

    • Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 21-43
  4. The Noun Phrase

    • Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 45-80
  5. Adjectives and Adverbs

    • Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 81-117
  6. Time, Tense, and Aspect of Verbs

    • Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 163-209
  7. Modal Auxiliary Verbs and Related Structures

    • Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 211-242
  8. Basic Sentence Patterns and Major Variations

    • Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 243-277
  9. Complex Sentences Continued: Relative Clauses

    • Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 313-344
  10. Complex Sentences Continued: Noun Clauses

    • Andrea DeCapua
    Pages 345-372
  11. Verbal Constructions

    • 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.

Keywords

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

Authors and Affiliations

  • New York University, New York, USA

    Andrea DeCapua

About the author

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. 
For more information see the author's website www.andreadecapua.com or contact her at information@malpeducation.com.


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

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-33916-0

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017

  • 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

  • Topics: Language Education, Instructional Psychology, Sociology of Education

Buying options

eBook
USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-33916-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)