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Doing English Grammar
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Grammar is integral to teaching English as a second language, and yet there is often a disconnect between theory and practice. This book bridges that gap by introducing key theories of English grammar and showing how they can be applied in teaching. By drawing on an eclectic range of sources, and using a multidisciplinary approach, Berry links advances in our knowledge of grammar, from theoretical and descriptive viewpoints, with developments in pedagogical practices, to provide a comprehensive overview of the whole process of grammar. The second part of the book contains four case studies of key areas of English grammar in which the insights of the earlier chapters are applied, illustrating how grammar theory is used in practice. Offering new insights into the way English grammar works, this book is invaluable for all professionals who 'do' English grammar: teachers, grammarians, textbook writers and syllabus designers, testers and researchers.


‘Grammar teaching has long been an important, albeit challenging, part of the second/foreign language teaching curriculum. Drawing on advancements in research on both English grammar and pedagogy in the past few decades, Professor Berry has produced a highly informative and practical book of pedagogical English grammar for everyone interested in grammar teaching. This book can serve as an excellent textbook for a pedagogical grammar course for both pre- and in-service teachers, as well as a reference book for all ESL/EFL educators.’

Dilin Liu - Professor of Applied Linguistics/TESOL, Department of English, the University of Alabama

‘This authoritative and accessible book will help readers engage critically with grammar and its role in language education. Bridging theoretical and applied perspectives, it is full of insights and useful ideas, demystifying grammar while capturing its excitement and importance.’

Phil Durrant - Associate Professor in Language Education, University of Exeter

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