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Focus on Grammar, in its new fourth edition, maintains the proven pedagogy that makes it the most popular contextualized grammar series worldwide. Its unique four-step approach takes students from context to communication – blending content, reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical thinking in a complete program, and preparing students to understand and use English more effectively.

Centered on thematic instruction Focus on Grammar allows students to interact with grammar in realistic contexts and moves them beyond controlled practice to authentic communication.

New features include:

  • Updated high-interest readings in multiple genres that expose students to the form, meaning, and use of grammar in natural contexts.
  • Key vocabulary is taught, practiced, and recycled throughout each unit, to ensure acquisition.
  • Fully redesigned grammar charts and notes that provide greater clarity.
  • Explicit pronunciation activities to improve fluency and accuracy.
  • Expanded listening tasks allow students to develop a range of listening skills.
  • Flexible, ongoing assessment – including unit reviews, diagnostic and achievement tests, and test-generating software – allows students to monitor their own progress and teachers to track students’ mastery. (Test and test-generating software available in the Teacher’s Resource Pack)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132546485
  • Publisher: Pearson Education ESL
  • Publication date: 8/18/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 94,510
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


PART I Present, Past, and Future: Review and Expansion

Unit 1 Present Progressive and Simple Present

Magazine article about cross-cultural communication:

What’s Your Cross-Cultural IQ?

Unit 2 Imperative

Article from a physical fitness magazine:

The Warrior Workout

Unit 3 Simple Past

Biography of a 17th-century Japanese poet:

Matsuo Basho

Unit 4 Past Progressive and Simple Past

Radio mystery play:

The Alibi

Unit 5 Used to

Magazine article about 80s fads:

The Awesome Eighties

Unit 6 Future

Article about the future of space travel:

Where to Look for Jobs in the Future

Unit 7 Future Time Clauses

Self-help magazine article about setting goals:

Go for It!

Unit 8 Wh- Questions: Subject and Object

Court transcript—questioning a crime witness:

State of Illinois v. Harry Adams

From Grammar to Writing

Combining Sentences with Time Words

Writing a paragraph about an experience

Review Test

PART II Pronouns and Phrasal Verbs

Unit 9 Reflexive and Reciprocal Pronouns

Article from a psychology magazine:


Unit 10 Phrasal Verbs

Biography of a biologist (Dr. Eloy Rodriguez):

Planting Ideas

From Grammar to Writing

Using Pronouns for Coherence

Writing instructions

Review Test

PART III Modals and Related Verbs and Expressions

Unit 11 Ability: Can, Could, Be Able to

Biography of a dancer (Mary Verdi-Fletcher):

Born to Dance

Unit 12 Permission: Can, Could, May, Do you mind if...?

Article on roommate etiquette:

Always Ask First

Unit 13 Requests: Can, Could, Will, Would, Would you mind...?

E-mail messages (personal and business)

Unit 14 Advice: Should, Ought to, Had better

Article about Internet etiquette:

Netiquette 101

Unit 15 Suggestions: Let’s, Could, Why don’t...? Why not...? How about...?

Travel brochure for International Youth Hostels:

Let’s Travel!

From Grammar to Writing

Using Appropriate Modals

Writing informal notes

Review Test

PART IV Present Perfect

Unit 16 Present Perfect: Since and For

Article on Brazilian skateboarder Bob Burnquist:

King of Skate

Unit 17 Present Perfect: Already and Yet

Tips on how to give a party:

It’s Party Time!

Unit 18 Present Perfect: Indefinite Past

Adventure travel survey: Been There? Done That?

Maybe it’s time for something new… (or maybe not!)

Unit 19 Present Perfect and Simple Past

Magazine article about life styles:

Commuter Marriages

Unit 20 Present Perfect Progressive and Present Perfect

Magazine article about elephants:

African Elephants

From Grammar to Writing

The Topic Sentence and Paragraph Unity

Writing a personal statement for a job application

Review Test

PART V Nouns and Articles: Review and Expansion

Unit 21 Nouns and Quantifiers

History text about Thor Heyerdahl:

Who Really Discovered America?

Unit 22 Articles: Definite and Indefinite

Two fables by Aesop:

The Ant and the Dove and

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

From Grammar to Writing

Developing a Paragraph with Examples

Writing a paragraph about a holiday

Review Test

PART VI Adjectives and Adverbs

Unit 23 Adjectives and Adverbs

Real estate ad for two apartments:

Wakefield House

Unit 24 Adjectives: Comparisons with As…as, Comparatives with Than

Restaurant review:

A New Place for Pizza

Unit 25 Adjectives: Superlatives

Ad for Toronto:

A Superlative City

Unit 26 Adverbs: As…as, Comparatives, Superlatives

Transcript of a half-time commentary:

The Half-Time Report

From Grammar to Writing

Using Descriptive Adjectives

Writing a descriptive paragraph

Review Test

PART VII Gerunds and Infinitives

Unit 27 Gerunds: Subject and Object

Online bulletin board about smoking:

Can’t Stand Seeing Those Signs!

Unit 28 Gerunds after Prepositions

College student council web page:

Student Council

Unit 29 Infinitives after Certain Verbs

Advice column:

Ask Annie

Unit 30 Infinitives of Purpose

Article on camera phones:

Multi-Use Technology: When 1 + 1 = more than 2

Unit 31 Infinitives with Too and Enough

Transcript of a radio talk-show:

Voice of the People

Unit 32 Gerunds and Infinitives

Magazine article on procrastination:

Stop Procrastinating–Now!

From Grammar to Writing

Combining Sentences with and, but, so, or

Writing a personal letter

Review Test

PART VIII More Modals and Related Verbs and Expressions

Unit 33 Preferences: Prefer, Would prefer, Would rather

Questionnaire about preferences:

Leisure Time Activities

Unit 34 Necessity: Have (got) to, Don’t Have to, Must, Must not, Can’t

Travel column about requirements for traveling around the world:

Know Before You Go

Unit 35 Expectations: Be supposed to

Excerpt from an etiquette book:

Wedding Wisdom

Unit 36 Future Possibility: May, Might, Could

Transcript of a TV weather report

Unit 37 Conclusions: Must, Have (got) to, May, Might, Could, Can’t

Excerpt from a Sherlock Holmes story: The Red-Headed League

From Grammar to Writing

Combining Sentences with because, although, even though

Writing a business letter

Review Test


1 Irregular Verbs

2 Common Non-action Verbs

3 Verbs and Expressions Commonly Used Reflexively

4 Some Common Transitive Separable Phrasal Verbs

5 Some Common Intransitive Phrasal Verbs

6 Some Common Irregular Plural Nouns

7 Some Common Non-count Nouns

8 Proper Nouns

9 Common Participial Adjectives

10 Irregular Comparisons of Adjectives, Adverbs, and Quantifiers

11 Some Adjectives that Form the Comparative and Superlative in Two Ways

12 Common Verbs Followed by a Gerund (Base Form of Verb + -ing)

13 Common Verbs Followed by an Infinitive ( To + Base Form of Verb)

14 Common Verbs Followed by a Gerund or an Infinitive

15 Verbs Followed by Object + Infinitive

16 Common Adjective + Preposition Expressions

17 Common Verb + Preposition Combinations

18 Social Modals and Expressions

19 Logical Modals and Expressions

20 Spelling Rules for Base Form of Verb + -ing (Progressive and Gerund)

21 Spelling Rules for the Simple Present: Third-Person Singular (he, she, it)

22 Spelling Rules for Base Form of Verb + -ed (Simple Past and Past Participle of Regular Verbs)

23 Spelling Rules for the Comparative (-er) and Superlative (-est) Forms of Adjectives

24 Spelling Rules for Adverbs Ending in -ly

25 Spelling Rules for Regular Plural Nouns

26 Some Capitalization and Punctuation Rules

27 Contractions with Verb Forms

28 Pronunciation Table

29 Pronunciation Rules for the Simple Present: Third-Person Singular (he, she, it)

30 Pronunciation Rules for the Simple Past and Past Participle of Regular Verbs

Glossary of Grammar Terms

Review Tests Answer Key

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