Online Resource Site
Here is an online site that has many grammar resources. There
are two categories: study guides and exercises/quizzes. You can find both by clicking on the following link and scrolling
down and clicking on the grammar link
Here are some resource books you may find helpful along with my subjective comments
here (which may or may not be helpful)...anything by Ur or Rinvolucri is worth picking up...they both write geared for teachers
and their books are well worth whatever you pay for them. The two reference books that seem to be only available from the
UK are good...the A-Z one is a little more accessible than the Cobuild one, but both are good...the Cobuild one is full of
information and may appear dense at times...The Grammar Book by Larsen-Freeman and Celce-Murcia can also be intimidating
with its transformational grammar approach, but it is very thorough and is one I use regularly.
NOTE: the comments that follow after each book are taken from internet reviews,
Grammar Practice Activities: A Practical Guide for Teachers
by Penny Ur
A detailed guide containing nearly two-hundred imaginalive and useful communicative
grammar practice activities. The first part provides a general introduction to grammar teaching in the foreign language classroom,
with particular reference to grammar practice. It suggests guidelines for the design of activities and includes a section
of practical hints on effective classroom presentation. The second part provides nearly two-hundred communicative and gamelike
practice activities for the main areas of English grammar. Teachers can copy these for immediate use in the classroom or use
them as a guide to design their own practice materials. .
Grammar Games: Cognitive, Affective and Drama Activities for EFL
by Mario Rinvolucri
This is a resource book for teachers containing material for a wide variety of
games which can be played in the English language classroom. Each game focusses on one or more points of English grammar.
A specification is given for each game, describing its level, materials needed, grammar points practised and time required.
Grammar Games enables teachers to integrate grammar practice into their classes in novel and motivating ways: humanistic and
affective approaches involve students in thinking and action; games use either simple materials like dice and pencil-and-paper,
or provide materials which can be copied; written by a well-known, active EFL teacher and writer; all games have been thoroughly
tested in class; range of levels from beginner upwards; variety of different games: competitive games, collaborative games,
awareness activities, grammar through drama, and a miscellany.
STUDENT PRACTICE/REFERENCE BOOKS
Fundamentals of English Grammar, Full Text
by Betty Schrampfer Azar (Author)
This new edition expands coverage to include a wider scope of English structure
usage, with new units on: pronoun usage; connecting ideas; sentence punctuation; and comparisons. This second edition provides
a well organized core of material around which instructors can build classroom activities and a course syllabus. Presents
material that is interesting, adult, and realistic in terms of current usages and both needs in and outside the classroom.
It also views vocabulary development as integral to the development of structure usage.
NOTE: One review points out that this book really works on form, but does not
do much to address meaning or use.
Grammar in Use Student's book : Reference and Practice for Intermediate Students
by Raymond Murphy (Author)
This American English edition of English Grammar in Use can be used both as a
classroom text and as a grammar reference for students. Each unit deals with a particular grammar point (or points), providing
clear explanations and examples on the left-hand page, with exercises to check understanding on the facing right-hand page.
The book covers many of the problems intermediate students of American English encounter, including tense usage, modals, conditionals,
the subjunctive and prepositions. A separate answer key is available for self-study, individual work in the language laboratory
and as an easy reference for teachers.
(I have never seen the following book so cannot vouch for it but I
think that the author, Keith Folse, does do good work)
100 Clear Grammar Tests : Reproducible Grammar Tests for Beginning to Intermediate
by Keith S. Folse (Editor), Joseph Gabriella, Linda Hadeed, Jeanine Ivone, April
Muchmore-Vokoun, Elena Vestri Solomon, Makoto Yoshii, Jeanine Irone
This book contains 100 Grammar Tests that are easily reproduced for classroom
use. These tests follow the sequence given in the authors series of Clear Grammar books but can easily be adapted to any lessons
given on grammar. Each chapter has tests on a particular grammar point and at least two types of tests. (Multiple choice,
fill in the blanks, sentence writing etc) This book and his series are designed for the beginner and intermediate ESL student
but can easily be used in any school setting. Tests follow the same chapter sequence as the Clear Grammar Series but you can
also look up tests by the grammar point you wish to test. This book does not teach any grammar points, it is simply a book
of tests to help the teacher evaluate and re-inforce the information taught.
The Grammar Book: An ESL/EFL Teacher's Course
by Marianne Celce-Murcia ,Diane Larsen-Freeman
In this highly acclaimed revision, grammatical descriptions and teaching suggestions
are organized into sections dealing with Form, Meaning, and Use. THE GRAMMAR BOOK, Second Edition helps teachers
and future teachers grasp the linguistic system and details of English grammar, providing more information on how structures
are used at the discourse level.
A Communicative Grammar of English
by Geoffrey Leech ,Jan Svartvik
G. Leech and J. Svartvik wrote the first edition of this book, released in 1975.
I used it as a University text in the late 1980s, and it sits prominent amongst my references in my office. Though the book
is designed for advanced ESL students (at the University level), I am a native speaker of the language, and find the approach
taken unique, but of greater value than many other style manuals. I refer to it before going to the Chicago Manual of Style
or the MLA Style Manual.
The authors look at the USES of grammar rather than the STRUCTURE of grammar.
This is very useful for writers (like myself), teachers of ESL, advanced students of ESL, or those who need to learn how to
communicate better (Engineers).
Collins Cobuild English Grammar (Collins Cobuild Grammar)
by John Sinclair (Editor) NOTE: AMAZON.COM IN THE US MAY LIST THIS AS OUT-OF-PRINT;
IT IS NOT; CHECK THE AMAZON.CO.UK SITE AND YOU WILL SEE IT SHIPS IN 24 HOURS.
A comprehensive reference grammar specially developed for advanced students and
teachers of English. Using information from the COBUILD database, the editors have selected what they consider to be the most
important examples of spoken and written modern English.
An A-Z of English Grammar and Usage
by G. Leech ,R. Cruickshank ,R. Ivanic NOTE: THIS IS ANOTHER BOOK THAT AMAZON.COM
MAY SAY IS OUT OF STOCK BUT IS AVAILABLE FROM THE UK STORE.
This revised, second edition of "An A-Z of English Grammar and Usage" includes
many more real examples drawn from corpus data. Common usage errors, mistakenly made by learners of English, are listed and
the correct usage for each is provided
Practical English Usage
by Michael Swan
I really like this book as a accessible reference; here is what one of the reviwes
from Amazon.com had to say: Swan's style is to focus on the problem points of learners, and explain them and in simple, pithy
and purposeful, everyday language to the extent that an advanced learner would be able to understand. As a teacher, you can
often save yourself a lot of hassle simply by quoting from it. I like Practical English Usage because the examples are real,
living English taken from the British National Corpus, or are realistic enough to be acceptable as such.
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, Third Edition
by Marianne Celce-Murcia
Now in its third edition, this best selling methodology resource gives both experienced
and prospective teachers the theoretical background and practical applications they need to succeed. THIS IS A VERY COMPLETE
BOOK COVERING A LOT OF INFORMATION ON TEACHNG ESL/EFL.
Here are some links to Amazon or the publishers of some of the books mentioned
Azar's Grammar Series < http://www.longman-elt.com/ae/azar/>
Larsen-Freeman's Grammar Dimensions Series
Collin Cobuild's English Grammar http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0007183879/qid=1126529506/sr=1-3/ref=sr_1_10_3/026-3303939-9357268 and
Longman's An A-Z of English Grammar and Usage
(Amazon in the US may say the preceding two books are out of print, but they
are available; check the UK site).