These days, every self-resepecting ESL/EFL publisher has its own self-study grammar book series, but back in the eighties, in the early days of my own teaching career, there was no such thing — until a little book called 'English Grammar in Use' came along and changed everything ...
It's now a little over 30 years since Raymond Murphy's 'English Grammar in Use', the world's bestselling grammar book for learners of English, was first published. To celebrate the event, Cambridge University Press are rolling out a number of promotional campaigns. For example, you can watch an interview with the author himself, who explains how the book came about and how it's changed over the years. There's also a dedicated website, which retraces the history of this groundbreaking grammar book.
One thing which has transformed language learning in the past 30 years is, of course, the appearance of the internet and digital publications, so I thought it would be interesting to have a look at the ebook version of this grammar classic. In fact, English Grammar in Use now exists in 3 levels: elementary, intermediate (the original) and advanced. All three levels are available as ebooks, and these can be purchased with the printed books (through a code printed inside the books). The ebooks can also be purchased on their own, through the Cambridge Bookshelf app for iOS and Android devices. There's also a 'French' version of the elementary level 'Essential Grammar in Use' in which the instructions are in French. I decided to try out the ebook version of the original EGIU, as it's known in the trade!
The first thing which struck me was how similar the ebook to the printed book. In fact, the ebook is an exact replica of the printed version, but viewed on a screen. At first, this may seem rather unexciting, but where the ebook really gains is in the multimedia extras. For example, you can hear key sentences being read aloud, and rather than filling in answers to exercises with a pen or pencil on the printed page, you type them in and get immediate feedback. This makes doing the exercises much more fun and user-friendly. There are other appreciable advantages such as the ability to highlight words words or sentences, look up words in the online dictionary, and add notes. All very useful for the serious language learner! Add in a few bells and whistles like bookmarks and drawing tools, and you've got a product which has significant advantages over its printed counterpart.
Whether you prefer print or digital, you can get 30% off and free delivery with the promotional code FR2016. This code is valid for all three levels of Grammar in Use with ebook (Essential Grammar in Use, English Grammar in Use and Advanced Grammar in Use). Note that this code will only work for delivery in France and is valid until the end of June. Click here to order, and be sure to enter the code before you check out.