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English Grammar Pedagogy

A Global Perspective, 1st Edition

By Barbara M. Birch


322 pages

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Designed for ESL and ELT pedagogy courses around the world, this text describes English grammar from a World Englishes perspective. It is distinguished by its focus on the social setting for English as a global language, the latest thinking about grammatical theory, and new theories of how first and second languages are learned and taught. The fundamental premise is that teaching and learning grammar cannot be isolated from the local, regional, and global sociocultural contexts in which the teaching and learning take place. Part I presents different attitudes toward English as a global language and some challenges that learners of English share no matter where they are in the world. Part II is about the features of English that educated speakers consider the most likely and probable in Academic English. Part III describes the flexible and fluid features of English that might be susceptible to change or modification over time. Each chapter includes engaging Study, Discussion, and Essay Questions and Activities.


"This book is a good guide for pedagogical purposes on teaching grammar. Bringing a different perspective to the world of grammarians, Birch fills important gaps for those of us who want to teach grammar not only by looking at the stable forms but also by considering the regional and dialectal versions. Overall, Birch has written a valuable book that addresses important issues in teaching grammar with a new perspective." —Teaching English as a Second Language Electronic Journal

Table of Contents



Part I. Global Trends in English Grammar Pedagogy

1. Global Perspectives on English

2. New Trends in Grammatical Theory

3. New Trends in Second Language Acquisition

4. New Trends in Post-method Grammar Pedagogy

Part II. Consensus Grammatical Features

5. Morphemes

6. Words

7. Major Phrases

8. Noun Phrases

9. Modifiers

10. Verbal Constructions

11. Sentences

12. Complex Sentences

13. Discourse

Part III. Unstable Grammatical Features

14. Unstable System Elements

15. Collocations and the Idiomatic Paradox

About the Author

Barbara M. Birch is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at California State University, Fresno.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation