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Review: The Basic Cozy Grammar Course

May 15, 2002 issue

Gr. 4-12. Marie Rackham is the polished teacher of this grammar course comprised of 27 short tutorial segments. Pictorially shot at Rackham’s Canadian seaside cottage, the program begins with the host discussing the importance of using proper grammar before distinguishing between casual and colloquial versus formal word usage. Instructions are both spoken and captioned on-screen, with lessons covering verb and subject agreement, sentence structure, predicates, phrases, verb conjugation, clauses, adjectives, and adverbs, among other topics. Incorporating footage of Rackham working in her garden or engaged in other activities as she offers grammar instruction, this excellent primer is suitable for both younger students and those enrolled in adult literacy programs. Includes a companion workbook, study guide, exercises, and tests.

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