Date: Fri, 11 Feb 1994 05:34:05 -0600
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: An English Grammar Text
In short, something like enlightened traditional grammar. The book I
I sometimes teach a course designed for an audience very similar to the
one you've described and have had a hard time finding a good book for it.
The last one I really liked has been out of print for years now:
LaPalombara (sp?? -- I'm confident that's misspelled). It included some
traditional and then moved into other approaches with clear explanations
and lots of good exercises. Of the four or five different books I've
tried since then, I've finally settled on Klammer & Schultz as the most
usable. Runner-up was Kolln. I liked some things better about Kolln
than about Klammer & Schultz and may return to Kolln at some point.
Two that I ruled out as "never again" for different reasons are Stageberg
(way too skimpy for my purposes in that course) and Kaplan (way above the
students' heads in places -- I spent most of the semester I used it making
handouts to explain things, and we abandoned the book totally toward the
end of the semester since all it was doing was confusing them).
Sorry about the incomplete references above. If I were in my office, I
could give titles. All the titles were introductory sounding -- things
like _Introduction to English Grammar_ or _Analyzing English Grammar_.
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)