About the Series/Title:
Distinction in English: Grammar for Reference and Practice is an essential grammar resource for all secondary school students. By addressing the functional aspect of grammar, it is hoped that students will gain an in-depth knowledge of grammar and a comprehensive understanding of the purposeful use of language at the word, phrase, sentence and text levels.
About the Authors:
Toh Weng Choy is the author of numerous grammar books. He has taught English in government schools, junior colleges as well as private institutions, and is currently Adjunct Teaching Consultant in Singapore Management University. Dr Phyllis G. L. Chew is Associate Professor of Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching Methodology at the National Institute of Education (NIE). She has published extensively in academic titles as well as educational textbooks and assessment books for more than 30 years.
In the beginning of Grammar for Reference and Practice, there is an overview of grammar to help students understand why there is a need to study grammar and how to study it. The main grammar components are covered in the first fifteen units. Each of these units begins with a chapter opener that introduces grammar items within a meaningful context to provide exposure to the use of grammar. Grammatical rules and structures are further defined and elaborated on, and examples are provided to illustrate the grammar usage. The use of typographical emphasis such as bold, italic and underline to indicate grammar metalanguage in the explanations and the corresponding grammar items in the examples will help students understand easily how grammar is put into action in sentences. In most examples, blue bold is usually used to highlight the primary grammar items while black bold, italic as well as solid and dotted underlines are usually used to highlight secondary grammar items or relevant parts mentioned in the explanation. Throughout the units, there are practice exercises to provide students with ample opportunities to revise and consolidate their understanding of grammar. Furthermore, GCE O level−style text editing exercises are included to familiarise students with the format used in the GCE O-level examination (Section A, Paper1. This book serves as a complete grammar resource for students with the aim of building their grammar skills. A strong foundation in grammar and its usage will enable students to use the language accurately, fluently and appropriately for different purposes, audiences and contexts. With a strong knowledge of grammar, students will develop the confidence to apply their skills to the other areas of language learning, namely listening, reading, speaking and writing, and hence become effective users of the English language.