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A good resource book for the EFL teacher's armoury

Advantages: No preparation required
Disadvantages: Too "open" for less disciplined classes

Instant Discussions is a photocopiable resource book from Thompson Heinle Publishing for use in the EFL classroom. For any readers who aren’t familiar with the industry, EFL is English as a Foreign Language, and encompasses pretty much all teaching of En ...

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Review of Instant Discussions: Photocopiable Lessons on Common Topics: Photocopiable Lessons on Common Topics - Richard Macandrew

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PEDANTIC SEMANTICS MADE FUN

Advantages: Inispensable and utterly readable grammar guide, if only all textbooks were like this.
Disadvantages: Shifting conventions means that some usage may be dated now.

In Lynne we Truss This is an utterly entertaining and readable grammar guide with a difference. Billed as the 'zero tolerance guide' to punctuation it also doubles as a veritable treasure trove of useful information. Author Lynne Truss is well qu ...

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Review of Eats, Shoots & Leaves - Lynne Truss

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The do's and don't's of punctuation

Advantages: Funny, and it learns ya.
Disadvantages: However: it might make you feel obliged to start using colons and semicolons; and you still might not understand all the why's and wherefore's. (pu?)

A few years ago, in the category 'How to Write Opinions', I offered the following advice with regards to punctuation: "Make it up as you go along - I do. After all: nobody knows what a semi-colon is used for anyway; so... just throw in anything that looks ...

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Review of Eats, Shoots & Leaves - Lynne Truss

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Punctuation with Pandas

Advantages: nicely presented, witty justification for sticklerdom
Disadvantages: do I really want to read it more than once?

I admit it; I’m a stickler. My particular little bugbear is the confusion of “it’s” and “its”, not because I don’t make that mistake myself but because I have had it drummed into me to check repeatedly whether I mean “belonging to it (ITS)” or “it is (IT’ ...

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Review of Eats, Shoots & Leaves - Lynne Truss

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When Size Doesn’t Matter…

Advantages: Fun, informative, easy to read
Disadvantages: None

It’s an assuming looking thing. At only 7.5” x 5” and 210 pages, it is hardly the six-foot model of the book world. In fact, it would probably fail to meet the minimum height requirement to be an air hostess. But, as we know, good things often come in sma ...

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Review of Eats, Shoots & Leaves - Lynne Truss

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