Essential German Grammar
Routledge – 2002 – 294 pages
Series: Essential Language Grammars
Essential German Grammar is a student-friendly German grammar designed to give learners a firm foundation on which to build when developing their communicative skills. The reference grammar section is easy to use, with clear explanations, authentic examples and visually appealing tables. A separate exercise section, with answers, gives students the opportunity to test themselves and put into practice what they have learned.
Key features: * Colour tables and clear layout facilitate learning * Glossary of grammatical terms and accessible explanations * Designed to be used as a free-standing grammar or as a foundation grammar for Hammer's German Grammar and Usage. * Cartoons and an authentic text at the end of each chapter put the grammar points in context
The description of German offered to the student is clear and accesible, but we are nevertheless not given a misleadingly simplistic and decontextualised picture of modern German.
Essential German Grammer is eminently suitable for learning and revision purposes in the sixth form. It is an extremely well put together volume and can teach many teachers a thing or two and introduce some of them to a thoroughly modern approach to grammar and methodology.
Association of Modern German Studies Website.
Words and sentences
The noun phrase: determiners and pronouns
Adjectives, adverbs and adverbials
Valency and cases
Spoken and written German
Answers to exercises and translations of texts
Martin Durrell is Emeritus Professor at the University of Manchester.
Katrin Kohl is Fellow and Tutor in German at the University of Oxford.
Gudrun Loftus is Instructor in German at the Language Centre, University of Oxford.