Review Modern English grammar: Morphology and syntax (a review)

original work by OLGA V. ALEXANDROVA and TATIANA A. KOMOVA reviewed by ELENA N. MALYUGA

It is not an easy job to write a new course-book on theoretical grammar entitled ‘Modern English Grammar: Morphology and Syntax’. This course- book addresses a topical issue, as it requires the authors not only to have the highest level of scientific competence, but also creativity and an innovative approach to the presentation of educational material. The specific feature of the course-book by Olga V. Aleksandrova and Tatiana A. Komova, which distinguishes it from any other course-book on a similar subject, is its form and principles of educational material presentation. In the preface, the authors write that it is addressed to foreign students of English, not to native speakers, and that it is important for teachers to overcome the biased attitude of their students to theoretical grammar as super complex. The content of the course-book is well organised, with the material well matched to the topics, with the methodological and general linguistic aspects of English morphology and syntax developed coherently. The authors have adopted a training model that can be used to teach the appropriate skills and competences with results conducive to practical results that will achieve productive theoretical applications. In doing so, the authors quote reliable sources, use well-defined scientific language, and deploy domain-specific terminology.

ELENA N. MALYUGA. DSc in Linguistics. Head of Foreign Languages Dpt, Faculty of Economics, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University). Founder and Chairperson of the Business and Vocational Foreign Languages Teachers National Association, which hosts regular conferences, seminars and refresher courses on the methodology of teaching foreign languages. Editor-in-chief of Issues of Applied Linguistics, and Joint Managing Editor of TLC. Research interests cover theory and practice of intercultural professional and business communication and sociolinguistics.

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