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Grammar for Teachers

Andrea DeCapua

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

Andrea DeCapua, Ed.D.
College of New Rochelle
New Rochelle, NY 10805

ISBN: 978-0-387-76331-6

e-ISBN: 978-0-387-76332-3

Library of Congress Control Number: 2007937636
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Grammar for Teachers: A Guide to American English for Native and Non-Native
Speakers is a result of my frustrations over many years of teaching graduate-level
structure courses and not being able to find an appropriate grammar text for the
pre- and in-service teachers enrolled in these classes. The students in these courses
have represented a variety of teaching backgrounds: ESL and EFL teachers, native
and non-native speakers of English, and mainstream content-area teachers with ESL
students in their classes, to name a few. Some of these students have had a strong
knowledge of English grammar, but often have difficulties in applying their knowledge to real-life discourse. Other students’ exposure has been limited to lessons in
“correctness,” and are generally unaware of which language features are central to
teaching ESL/EFL learners. Some students are resistant to taking this course, but
are required to do so, whether to satisfy specific degree requirements, for state or
professional certification, or for other reasons. A few students have had some linguistics, many not. The challenge has been finding a way to convey the essentials of
American English grammar clearly, to engage students actively in their own learning
and understanding of grammar as applicable to ESL/EFL learners, and to motivate
them to undertake pe...
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