I have previously written that I plan to write a grammar book. That has not changed. The format, however, has.
I initially planned on reinventing the grammar textbook as we know it. That was a huge undertaking and one that I am not sure I can do without the resources (read: income) to dedicate all my time to it.
The book was going to be a layered text wherein the student would go over each section or chapter three times, with the material becoming more complex each time. For example, beginning students are often told that a noun is a person, place or thing. That's somewhat true, but not exact enough for more advanced students. What's a gerund, afterall? Not quite a think. Not quite an action.
The layer technique was going to help ease students into the material as deeply as needed and no more. Then as they mastered the material, it would be sufficiently more complex. I figued three levels or times reading it would suffice.
As you can imagine writing this book would be a challenge and one that requires hundreds of examples and perhaps even a workbook. Taking on the Betty Azar empire isn't easy and not worth my time at this moment. Perhaps later.
But that all brings me to the new book. This book will not be written for ESL students, though I am sure most advanced students will find value in it. No, this book is written for the native speaker. native speakers are just assumed to have learned the rules of our language and thus often feel embarrased to ask questions about their mistakes. We see their mistakes everywhere, though.
This book will be a fun and engaging look into the grammatical rules of English. The examples will be numerous and fun, but will assume that one is already an advanced speaker of the language.
Here's the outline and chapter list so far:
Wish me luck. One day, I'll finish it.