- Rocket English Grammar is something new! An effective, intensive, fast-paced, fun, student-friendly, one-volume basic-to-advanced comprehensive EFL grammar book, to be published in November 2012 by Two Harbors Press (and available as an ebook now), that makes learning English grammar fast, fun and easy! Have a look inside Rocket English Grammar.
- The author of Rocket English Grammar, Carl W. Hart, has won acclaim in the field of teaching English as a Foreign Language through his engaging and effective teaching style and as the author of several EFL-related books including The Ultimate Phrasal Verb Book, the bestselling book of its type, and the forthcoming Rocket English Grammar, a fresh new approach to English grammar that makes learning English grammar fast, fun and easy! Hart has nearly 25 years of experience teaching English to students around the world. He is especially experienced in teaching students from China, Japan, Korea, the Middle East and Latin America.
- Carl W. Hart can be your teacher! He is currently developing a program of online instruction and tutoring.
Is just another EFL grammar book?
- Because Discover provides examples and step-by-step questions designed to get students thinking, to challenge the students to teach themselves. This inductive approach to teaching works!
- Because Learn provides straight-to-the-point explanations of the basic idea in simple, accessible language.
- Because Remember provides review of key points, reminders and additional information—worth mentioning but not essential to the comprehension of the concept—separate so that it is clearly secondary to the explanation above and does not to interfere with the efficiency of the lesson.
- Because Practice provides a lot of straightforward exercises that focus students on the target grammar. Exercises are doable in the classroom and doable at home.
- Because its unique two-tier system—in 16 of the 20 units a basic/intermediate section is followed by an advanced section—allows instructors and students to customize their study plan. It helps them see what’s essential and what can wait. No other English grammar book has this feature.
- Because it anticipates the problems that students have and answers questions students ask (or should ask).
- Because the language of the examples and exercises doesn’t “play it safe” by avoiding complications, ambiguities and variations which eases the author’s job of writing but decreases the effectiveness of the book. Students are exposed to the many possibilities of English as used by native speakers—real English used by real people every day. And not just formal English but (quite deliberately) casual English used every day in everyday discourse.
- Because the design concept of a condensed format without huge areas of white space allows Rocket English Grammar to cover many aspects of grammar, in 222 pages, in far greater depth than in many much longer textbooks.
- Because Rocket English Grammar is not just a rehash of other grammar books—it offers a sound, effective classroom-tested method of teaching grammar that is the result of a lot of deep thinking and 23 years of experience.
- Because Rocket English Grammar is innovative. It offers a new approach to a number of commonly taught points of grammar as well as unique and important lessons not found in other books—aspects of grammar which, while highly important, are often ignored, given little attention to or wrongly taught by other books. Among them,
- modal auxiliaries—an effective, classroom-tested method of teaching this rather murky area of English grammar. Aspects of modal and phrasal modal meaning and usage are accurately explained and not oversimplified or confused as in many grammar books. The common but incorrect assertion that must, should and ought to are interchangeable when used for logical supposition is dispelled, and the true nature and subtle differences between these modals is taught—something not found in any other grammar book. Another unique aspect is a section focusing on the phrasal modal be to—also very common and commonly ignored by most grammar books.
- have got (to)—an entire unit is devoted to this essential aspect of native English which most grammar books give little if any attention to or incorrectly treat as merely an informal, idiomatic curiosity. Have got (to) is not informal, but it certainly is idiomatic and certainly is curious—and VERY important. A good example of why students often say that they understand their instructors but not native speakers outside the classroom is that they have learned I must go and I have to go but not I gotta go. Hart has taught this lesson countless times over the years and students are invariably fascinated and grateful for it.
- future—not just the usual will and be going to lesson but also present continuous for future, simple present for future, future time clauses and about to. Further, the lesson does not perpetuate the myth that will is not used for plans and instead teaches what real native English speakers actually say.
- participle adjectives and get + adjective (I got sick, etc.)—included in the adjective unit where they belong and not misidentified as aspects of the passive voice
- emphatic do—an essential aspect of everyday English seldom if ever discussed in other grammar books
- compound adjectives—important but seldom if ever mentioned in most grammar books
- asking questions—an entire unit focuses on not just the grammar of question formation but also on the meanings of a long list of common and useful question words
- noun clauses—effective, classroom-tested method of teaching embedded questions, a common trouble point
- ellipsis—several sections devoted to this essential but almost entirely overlooked aspect of English
- Because its effective inductive methodology will appeal to instructors and students alike; instructors because it tells them how to teach the lesson—what to write on the board and what to say; students because the inductive approach works. It makes them think and it helps them learn.
- Because its unique two-tier system—separate, clearly delineated advanced sections in 16 of the 20 units—essentially makes Rocket English Grammar a one-volume basic-to-advanced book that will allow instructors and students to move at a speed suited to their time constraints, goals and skill-levels.
- Because it will appeal to students who either don’t have the time or money required for longer, more expensive grammar books or who simply want a book that is fast and effective. (And doesn’t every student want that?)
- Because it’s instructor-friendly. It will appeal to instructors who don’t want to spend time before class figuring out how, in effect, to rewrite and abridge a confusing and far-too-long grammar book before using it.
- Because it will appeal to instructors who lack training and experience and need a good step-by-step, easy-to-understand, easy-to-teach text that does not require a deep prior knowledge of grammar. It tells untrained and novice instructors what to teach and how to teach it.
- Because it will appeal to program administrators who need an affordable one-volume text to train students efficiently and economically—to maximize results and minimize time and expense.
- Because it will appeal to administrators and instructors alike who are dissatisfied with the skimpy grammar taught in integrated skills textbooks and recognize the need to beef up their grammar instruction with a practical supplement but lack the money for expensive multi-volume grammar books and/or the time to teach them.
- Because it’s ideal for students at every level—from beginners and (especially) false beginners to intermediate and advanced students who would benefit from a thorough review of basic grammar but are ready for an intensive introduction to more advanced grammar.
- Because it’s student-friendly. Students using Rocket English Grammar won’t get sidetracked
- by examples and exercises with pointlessly difficult vocabulary, place names and proper nouns
- by confusing, undoable exercises which leave students (and their instructor) scratching their heads
- by metalanguage so advanced that students who understand it wouldn’t need to be studying English
“Are you looking for a clear, practical book to improve your English grammar? Rocket English Grammar provides a systematic review of the many puzzles that cause English language learners so much anguish and confusion. In Rocket English Grammar, Carl W. Hart (author of Barron’s acclaimed The Ultimate Phrasal Verb Book) conveys his considerable expertise and extensive knowledge of English grammar. Written in a breezy, informative, and engaging tone, this comprehensive grammar book addresses both simple and advanced questions with focused lessons that clarify core concepts and allow students to demonstrate their skills. English teachers should make space on their library shelves for this wonderful grammar book, and independent English language learners should buy it and deploy it as a trusted friend as they develop their grammar skills.”
ERIC ROTH, author of Compelling American Conversations: Questions and Quotations for Intermediate American English Language Learners
“Excellent! I can tell you flat out that this IS the supplementary book I’ve been looking for. It’s a lot of bang for your buck—a usable grammar supplement for students who really want to get to grips with English grammar efficiently and economically and get on with their lives. Bravo!”
KEITH TAYLOR, General English Instructor/Curriculum Developer, Military Language Program, Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates