Understanding and Using English Grammar
Understanding and Using English Grammar is a developmental skills text for intermediate to
advanced students of English as a second or foreign language. While focusing on
grammar, it promotes the development of all language skills in a variety of ways. It
functions principally as a classroom teaching text but also serves as a comprehensive
reference text for students.
The eclectic approach and abundant variety of exercise material remain the same as in
the earlier editions, but each new edition incorporates new ways and means. In particular:
• The communicative aspects of Understanding and Using English Grammar are more
fully developed and explicit in the third edition. There are numerous “real
communication” opportunities for the teacher to exploit. The text often uses the
students’ own life experiences as context and regularly introduces topics of interest
to stimulate the free expression of ideas in structured as well as open discussions.
The text supports the view of many experienced teachers that grammar-based and
communicative approaches are not mutually exclusive, but rather mutually
supportive, and can advantageously co-exist in the same language program, even in
the same class, even in the same lesson.
• Similarly, the interactive aspects of the text receive greater emphasis in the third
edition. Many of the exercises formerly designated om.t. or ORAL (BOOKS CLOSED)
are now reformatted to be more clearly available for pair work or group work, in
addition to still being viable as class work led by a teacher. This edition encourages
interactivity but leaves it open for the users to decide what degree of interactivity
best suits their needs.
• There is now an even wider variety of exercise types. This edition has a larger
number of free-response exercises and open-ended communicative tasks, while still
providing ample controlled-response exercises to aid initial understanding of the
form, meaning, and usage of the target structures. It also includes more writing
topics, more speaking activities, expanded error analysis exercises, and additional
• Long chapters have been broken into shorter units, and certain grammar units have
The bird soaring upward and forward on the cover of this new edition is a swallow.
Found throughout the world, swallows are joyful, playful, energetic birds whose comings
and goings announce changes in the seasons. Like the butterfly on the second edition, the
swallow on this edition signals new beginnings—as student, teacher, and text writer come
together in our shared journey toward the learning of a new language.
Understanding and Using English Grammar is accompanied by:
- A Workbook,consisting principally of self-study exercises for independent work.
- A reference Grammar book.
- A teacher’s book.