How English Works (book)‏‎

Teaching Materials

Author:Michael Swan ; Catherine Walter
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Details:Paperback; 368 pages; Pub.1997

Winner of the English Speaking Union’s Duke of Edinburgh Book Competition, this is not your traditional, dull grammar practice book. Combining rich illustrations and authentic exercises, How English Works makes the learning and practising of grammar both a pleasure and a challenge. Still hot from the press, it became an instant hit with students and teachers alike thanks to its original approach to the presentation and organization of the material.

The book covers all the key elements in the standard EFL grammar syllabus and provides answers and short clear grammar explanations and rules. Grammar is explained in layman’s terms and as concisely as possible. The humorous relief provided by its cartoons and jokes, give real and funny examples of grammar allowing the student to fully consolidate the target grammar point through a light-hearted approach.

Though designed for students working on their own, the book is an invaluable reference for EFL teachers. It divides English grammar into topic areas, and then subdivides these into lesson-length sections. The examples/exercise sentences are relevant and grown-up.

Amongst its key features are:

  • Entry tests to show students what they need to study most.
  • Short, learner-friendly grammar presentations followed by examples of correct use.
  • Simple traditional-type exercises to build confidence.
  • More challenging and innovative exercises to stretch the student.
  • Wide variety of factual, literary and other authentic texts.
  • Hundreds of illustrations, cartoons (many taken from Punch, Private Eye, etc) and other visual cues.
  • Full colour throughout.
  • Two editions available: with Answers and without Answers.

Recommended to EFL/ESL teachers and to intermediate and lower advanced level students (and higher) who want to consolidate their knowledge of the complex workings of English, this book is suitable for use in class, for homework, or for self-study.

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