A book we recommend to new students? English Grammar in Use is a must!
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Students, who come to learn English with us at Oxford English Academy, often ask what extra resources or books they should buy to supplement their course. Most courses will follow a course book such as New English File or New Headway , both from Oxford University Press. These course books have been carefully designed and laid out to allow students to build up their language from A1 level to C2 level. I do however believe that it is a good idea to also have a decent dictionary such as the Oxford English Dictionary and a language reference book such as Raymond Murphy’s Grammar in Use.
Grammar in Use was first published in 1985 by Cambridge University Press and has been a firm favourite with English foreign language teachers and students since then. Raymond Murphy has written almost 20 books, but Grammar in Use is by far his most well-known publication. The book is fantastic for a number of reasons:
Why English Grammar in Use?
- The language and grammar explanation are simple and easy to understand.
- There are examples of how grammar is used in spoken language.
- There are pictures to help with understanding.
- Despite being a grammar book, there are also very useful vocabulary sections, with phrasal verbs being my favourite.
- There is even a chapter with spelling rules, which are very useful.
- You can purchase a self-study edition that comes with a CD and all the answers.
- You can get the app which has self-marking exercises and listening elements as well.
- There are also other editions for lower and higher level students.
When you learn English, your school, English classes and teacher will have a big influence on your language learning process. I do however feel that students should take ownership of their learning and using English Grammar in Use, is a perfect way to this. So make the investment in yourself and get ready to reap the rewards. Happy learning!