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My First and Favourite Grammar Book

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An old version

Of all the grammar resources I’ve used in my TEFL teaching career, there’s one series, Murphy’s Essential Grammar in Use, which has more thumbed and bent-back pages from being sandwiched in the photocopier than any other. And I’m just talking about my copies … versions in TEFL teaching rooms across the world are probably in a similar state.

Clear, basic and traditional explanations for all required grammar aspects with a progressive set of controlled exercises for each one; condensed somehow onto one double page (easy to copy). Elementary, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate etc. haveĀ  different coloured covers. And never mind their usefulness in the classroom, they were a fast and easy reference for a tired teacher at the end of a day when all grammar rules seemed to merge into one. So you too can still look like a genius in front of the students! ;)

The final word on grammar usage? No. Communicative? No. Traditional grammar approaches? Yes. Clear? Yes. The Murphy series is designed to be consumed as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Look at the latest versions and buy them here: Essential Grammar in Use with Answers and CD-ROM Pack

I see they also have one for Spanish EFL/ESL students too: Essential Grammar in Use Spanish Edition with Answers and CD-ROM


  1. Reblogged this on ENGLISH LANGUAGE REVIEW and commented:
    An essential resource for all new EFL teachers!

  2. An excellent resource! In fact the whole ‘in use’ series is brilliant.

  3. feed1wolf says:

    Hehe! I knew I wasn’t the only one who thought so :) They tend to just … somehow … work which is always lovely.

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