Essential English is a course in four books, of which this is the first, for the teaching of English to adult foreígn students. It aims at giving the student a soynd knowledge of the essentials of both spoken and written English and taking him well on the way to a mastery of idiomatic conversational and literary English.
The normal constructions and sentence pattems of English are introduced gradually and systematically, and are well drilled at every stage. The learner is guided through “essential” grammar in the simplest possible mánner, and every new construction is explained and illustrated as soon as it is used.
The restricted vocabulary within which the four books are written has been basec| on A General Service List of English Words.z But neither this list, ñor any other list, has been followed slavishly and blindly; the vocabulary and the grammar and the structures taught have been tested constantly bythe experience gained during some thirty years of teaching English to foreign students or writing text-books for them.
‘Because I believe that a knowledge of the spoken tongue is the true basis of language leaming, much of this book is in “conversational” form; and my constant endeavour has been to ensure that, despite the restrictions that a limited vocabulary naturally imposes, every sentence in these conversations is expressed in the living, colloquial idiom that an educated Englishman would use.
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