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Book Review: Grammar for Teachers: Perspectives and Definitions, by Constance Weaver

By: Gerald Camp
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 1
Date: November 1979

Summary: Camp sees the principle value of this book as persuading teachers that they must know grammar themselves and use their knowledge to help students' literacy understanding, editing skills, and ability to produce mature syntax.

 

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The principal value in the book is not in dissuading teachers from direct teaching of grammar. It is in persuading them, with a judicious selection of sample exercises at many levels, that they must know grammar themselves and use use their knowledge to help students indirectly to increase their reading comprehension, literary understanding, editing skills, and ability to produce more mature syntax.

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