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Teaching English as a Second Language

Giving New Learners an Everyday Grammar

Teaching English as a Second Language by Richard McGarry
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This guide examines the concepts that most often confound ESL students, whose confusion can generally be reduced to one very basic question: Why does English work that way? Focusing on the grammar of conversational speech, the book goes beyond simple description of the parts of speech, tenses and modes, and other topics of instruction to consider the cultural differences in language use (for native speakers of Japanese, for instance, the painting may be on the wall--but the wall is also on the painting) and even the neuroscience of our speech patterns. With 36 illustrations, an annotated bibliography and list of online resources, a glossary, and end-of-chapter exercises, this book equips instructors and advanced students to explain everyday language choices that stymie non-native speakers. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers; July 2012
189 pages; ISBN 9780786491469
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Title: Teaching English as a Second Language
Author: Richard McGarry