Exploring English Grammar: From formal to functional (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/5/6
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'This is a book that has long been needed. Anybody involved in teaching Systemic Functional Linguistics will be immensely grateful to have a resource which handles the difficult transition from 'school grammar' to 'useful grammar' with such intelligence, thoroughness and flair. Anyone interested in exploring how language works, and in developing their skills of linguistic analysis, will find this book stimulating, supportive and thought-provoking.'
Geoff Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, University of Liverpool, UK
'This is the book we've been waiting for - a bridge between traditional grammar and the more functional approach to grammar which focuses on 'language as a resource for meaning'. Full of practical activities and written in an accessible manner, this book will become an indispensable reference for those interested in how language works.'
Beverly Derewianka, Professor of Language Education, University of Wollongong, Australia
'Exploring English Grammar represents a bold and innovative attempt to present university level grammar from a functional perspective without losing sight of the formal conventions. ...by the end of the book, through the careful staging of the many activities provided, along with the worked answers, students should have built up a broad range of skills for describing and analysing texts in terms of the various levels of meaning that they make.'
Dr Tom Bartlett, Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University, UK
This is a most welcome volume. The book takes the student step by step through a series of well organized moves from traditional-formal through communicative to systemic-functional approaches to language, always emphasizing the common ground while showing exactly what is being achieved at each new step. It will be a major force in raising awareness of the richness and the power of language.'
M.A.K. Halliday, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Caroline Coffin is Reader in Applied Linguistics at the Open University, UK. Prior to joining the Open University she was a lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
Jim Donohue is currently Head of OpenELT, the English Language Teaching Unit of the Open University. He has been involved in the teaching of English for specific purposes for 20 years.
Sarah North is currently lecturer in applied language studies at the Open University, UK. She has been involved in English language teaching and teacher training in a number of countries, including Indonesia, Tanzania, China, India, Malaysia and Mexico.
For the most part, the content of the book is good, and the concepts are explained well through theory and example. However, the ebook version has only the chapters listed in the table of contents. This means one has to do a lot of scrolling to navigate between specific points of the book, and "flipping" between the many activities and the answer key at the end of each chapter is a necessity if one wants to check one's work. I've done a lot of this (as doing the activities is key to developing my understanding) and it's proved wearisome.
Also, sometimes one is directed to highlight parts of the text in the activities (e.g., Activity 6.1: "highlight the finite verbal groups"); however, highlights don't show up in the answer key.
So like I said up top, a used, physical copy would be best.
I would also recommend that all teachers of English learn use the functional grammar that is taught in this book as a means of making teaching more interesting for themselves and making learning more interesting for students. Infact, what is contained here could be applied to the teaching of any subject and has proven to totally transform my own pedagogical approach.
There are many exercises provided with an answer key that supports your learning of this brilliant approach to studying and learning English.
A real accomplishment and highly recommended.