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English Functional Grammar

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Publisher : Martin Tilney

Course Language : English

  • Do you want to improve your English communication? 
  • Does your English communication seem broken even though you can do the grammar exercises in the book? 
  • Are you looking for a fresh way to learn English grammar?

If you answered "yes", then this course is for you! 

This course is perfect for English language learners at intermediate level, but will also be valuable for more advanced learners, language teachers, and linguistics students.


This course is very different from most English grammar courses. 

Most English educational materials view grammar as form which is separate from meaning. This means that you may be able to make accurate sentences without knowing why. In functional grammar, form and meaning are the same. You will learn how changing the form of a sentence also changes its meaning, and how context affects the choices. 


Contents and Overview

In functional grammar, we recognize that grammar is not a set of rules, but a system for making meaning. In this course you will learn about:

  • Class, Function, Rank and Rank-shifting
  • Nominal groups, Processes, Participants and Circumstances 
  • Subject, Finite verbs and Non-Finite verbs
  • Complex sentences, Theme, Focus and Cohesion

By learning and applying these concepts, you will be able to improve your English communication in speaking, writing, listening, and reading.

There are 14 videos with quizzes and assignments after each section. The videos present the grammar concept using clear, easy-to-understand examples. The quizzes allow you to review the knowledge you have learned, and the assignments let you apply your knowledge to authentic texts.

The assignments include high-quality practice exercises available for download, along with the answers. The exercises are all relevant to the examples from the videos, so you build up your knowledge of English grammar by repeatedly working with the same texts.

When you have finished the course, you will understand how grammar is not just about making "correct sentences". You will understand how any given sentence expresses not one but three types of meaning at once, and you will also understand the role of context in making appropriate grammar choices.

With this knowledge, you will be able to improve your ability to use English in all 4 skills.