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Price: $26.50

Paperback 116 pp.
Approx. 150 b&w illustrations, 7.5" x 10.5"



Publication date:
April 2011

Imprint: OUP Canada

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Canadian Grammar Spectrum 1

Reference and Practice

Ken Paterson

Canadian Grammar Spectrum is a series of grammar reference and practice books for ESL students. The books are set up in two-page spreads: a brief grammar explanation followed by exercises. The books are suitable as in-class resources, homework tools, or self-study aids.

Readership : Beginner-level ESL students needing grammar instruction or practice.

Verbs and tenses
Be: Simple Present (1)
Be: Simple Present (2)
Simple Present (1)
Simple Present (2)
Present Progressive (1)
Present Progressive (2)
Simple Present or Present Progressive
Be: Simple Past
Simple Past
Present Perfect (1)
Present Perfect (2)
Be going to
Will and shall
Present Progressive for the future
Have and have got
Sentences and questions
Nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.
Word order: subject, verb, object
Yes/no questions
Where, when, why, how
Who, what, which
Whose is this?
Short answers
Modal verbs
Ability: can, can't, could, couldn't
Can/Could I? May I? Can/Could you?
Must, must not
Prepositions of place and movement
Prepositions of time
Articles, nouns, pronouns, etc.
Articles: a, an, or the
Plural nouns; one and ones
This, that, these, those
Countable and uncountable nouns
A, some, any, no
I and me (subject and object pronouns)
My, your; mine, yours
Much, many; how much/many; more
A lot of, lots of, a little, a few
Adjectives and adverbs
Adjectives (order)
Cardinal and ordinal numbers
Comparative adjectives
Superlative adjectives
Adverbs (1): adjectives and adverbs
Adverbs (2): adverbs of frequency
Building sentences
And, but, so, both ... and, either, etc.

There are no Instructor/Student Resources available at this time.

Ken Paterson studied French at the University of London before teaching EFL in the private and FE sector in UK, France and Germany. In 1986 he joined the University of Westminster, where he is now Chair of the Department of English and Linguistics. His professional interests include: ELT management; peer observation; student perceptions of classroom-based language teaching; and pedagogical grammar. In 1998 he was invited to lecture and teach on Text Analysis in the Department of Translation at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Special Features

  • Based on the successful Oxford Practice Grammar, the content in the Canadian Grammar Spectrum series has been classroom-tested for years
  • Reference/practice pattern teaches grammar in a concise, easy-to-understand format
  • Canadianization makes the series more relevant to students studying in Canada: grammar points are introduced and practised using Canadian context and terms