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December 13, 2005

ESL Textbook Recommendations

"The greater part of the world's troubles are due to questions of grammar" ~Michel de Montaigne

Hello There ESL-Textbook Hunters!

This semester, based on a trusted recommendation, I tried the following grammar book (also covers punctuation and style) which (don't laugh!) is designed for North American eight-graders. I'd like to report, though, that I had a tremendous success with it . . .

. . . The funny thing is, the rules for English don't change according to your age, and this friendly, unthreatening and very approachable guide to grammar worked well in my language writing class of twentysomethings. Plus, it was considerably cheap when compared to similar products (under $6.00 USD second-hand). The downside is that there are relatively few "exercises" if you are looking specifically for a workbook.

Here is the info for the book I am referring to:

Elliott, Rebecca. Barron's Painless Grammar.

There's another good one that I use specifically for the grammar exercises. I'll mention that one in a different post. This one would even work well for private lessons, so you could have your own copy as a reference tool (without requiring them to purchase it).

Let me know if you find this one useable (or, if you've tried it before).

Remember now to dot your "i"s and cross your "t"s,

Lee Hobbs
ESL Instruct, Editor-in-Chief

Posted by lhobbs at December 13, 2005 03:48 AM

Readers' Comments:


Thanks for that recc.I was looking for something I could buy cheap and that made sense to kids. good one.



Posted by: sallyteachjapan at December 14, 2005 11:46 AM


Note from Lee:

Sally, glad I could be of some service. I'll have other suggested ESL texts on this blog from time to time (see section "ESL Resources.") If there's any text you'd like to suggest, please let us know. I'll be occasionally featuring the texts used by posters over on ESL-Jobs-Forum too.

Posted by: Lee at December 14, 2005 01:18 PM

Hi Lee,

I just wanted to take this chance to recommend a great book called, "The Deluxe Transitive Vampire : A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed"

A friend introduced me to it's chilling secrets while I was doing my TESL diploma. Check it out. Grammar with bite.


Posted by: Nigel Fogden at December 14, 2005 10:54 PM


Note from Lee:

Thanks for that Nigel; that looks fascinating. I looked it up on Amazon and will definitely give it a read. I've been looking for something fresh to try like this; maybe this will be it.

If anyone else is interested, I've put links to the book Nigel's recommended below. I'll try to give it a decent review to go along with Nigel's in the near future.

Gordon, Karen Elizabeth. The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed.

Posted by: Lee at December 14, 2005 11:47 PM

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