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College ESL Writers: Applied Grammar and Composing Strategies for Success

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Barbara Hall

Elizabeth Wallace

Copyright Year: 2018

Publisher: University System of Georgia

Language: English

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Reviewed by Margaret Connell, Professor, Community College of Rhode Island on 8/22/22

In general, this is a comprehensive book, and I found some particularly helpful topic inclusions. These are: articles, verb + preposition and adjective + preposition constructions, verb + gerund or verb + infinitive forms. On the other hand, there... read more

Reviewed by Stephan Wender, Adult Educator, City Colleges of Chicago on 5/31/22

As stated in the title, this is indeed a reasonably comprehensive account of the major of applied grammar and composition. Virtually all of the units that typically comprise a grammar and composition textbook are covered here, albeit this... read more

Reviewed by Sarah Snider, Adjunct Instructor, South Central College on 11/5/20

The book takes readers from the structure of a sentence through revising an essay. For those ELLs who need references and exercises to work on basic grammar and punctuation, Chapters 8 and 9 provide complete information that is easy to navigate.... read more

Reviewed by Lawrence Zwier, Associate Director, Michigan State University on 11/20/19

The book is wide-ranging but not comprehensive. The authors describe it in the OTN catalogue as “a comprehensive grammar and writing etext for high intermediate and advanced level non-native speakers of English.” However, I cannot say that this... read more

Reviewed by Gretchen Starks-Martin, Professor Emerita, St. Cloud State University on 10/27/19

Comprehensiveness: The text covers all of the topics covered in most English Composition texts, including those not written for ESL. An index may not be imperative because of the comprehensive Table of Contents. A link to the acronyms used, i.... read more

Reviewed by Joshua Rosenberger,, TRAILS on 9/16/19

The book covers all key grammar structures that should be covered in a college-level writing/grammar book. However, some structures could be covered in more detail. For example, for college-level writing, students should be able to use all three... read more

Reviewed by Heidi Anderson, ELL/English Instructor, Minnesota State on 6/27/19

This would be a good textbook for a developmental English/writing course. It covers the basic expectations students will encounter when writing in an academic setting with exposure to some basics for the workplace as well. It is not, however, a... read more

Reviewed by Theresa McGarry, professor, East Tennessee State University on 4/25/19

The book might be considered more comprehensive if you considered it as a college prep book. As a first-year college-level writing text, it covers some material that I consider too basic and leaves out other material that I think necessary at this... read more

Reviewed by Annick Todd, Instructor, Lane Community College on 1/7/19

Barbara Hall and Elizabeth Wallace adapted their book from Business English for Success, a text adapted by the Saylor Foundation. The new version includes a helpful preface explaining the text’s design, a note to the instructor explaining the... read more

Reviewed by Sharon Graham, Instructor of English Composition/Director of EFL Curriculum, Fort Hays State University on 11/30/18

The textbook provides a comprehensive overview of English grammar and writing strategies that would be helpful to second-language learners. The information is presented in an accessible format, with a link at the bottom of each page to return to... read more

Reviewed by Michael Schwartz, Associate Professor, St. Cloud State University on 10/12/18

The text covers the essentials for successful college writing, including units on sentences, paragraphs, vocabulary, and grammar. It does not have a "research unit" nor does it contain readings. read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Writing Basics - What Makes a Good Sentence?
  • Chapter 2: Sentence Variety - How do I Refine My Writing?
  • Chapter 3: Writing Paragraphs - Separating Ideas and Shaping Content
  • Chapter 4: Writing Essays - From Start to Finish
  • Chapter 5: Revising and Editing
  • Chapter 6: Working with Words - Usage, Form, & Context
  • Chapter 7: Overview of English Grammar
  • Chapter 8: Punctuation and Capitalization
  • Chapter 9: Good Writing - Models and Samples
  • Chapter 10: Suggested Writing Topics & Grading Rubrics

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  • About the Book

    College ESL Writers: Applied Grammar and Composing Strategies for Success is designed as a comprehensive grammar and writing etext for high intermediate and advanced level non-native speakers of English. We open the text with a discussion on the sentence and then break it down into its elemental components, before reconstructing them into effective sentences with paragraphs and larger academic assignments. Following that, we provide instruction in paragraph and essay writing with several opportunities to both review the fundamentals as well as to demonstrate mastery and move on to more challenging assignments.We have structured the etext into three basic parts. Part I, Composing Strategies and Techniques, includes a sequenced discussion from composing effective sentences through paragraph and essay writing. This includes the prewriting and planning stages of writing as well as the revising and editing stage in the first five chapters. Part II, Language Use, Grammar, and Mechanics, is meant to be used as a grammar and mechanics handbook as well as the practice and review of idiomatic wording. Part III, All About Writing: Samples, Topics, and Rubrics, has chapters with additional writing topics for practice, sample student papers, and rubrics for evaluating writing.

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    Barbara Hall, Georgia State University.

    Elizabeth Wallace, Georgia State University.

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