English as a Second Language/English Books


Hi Brian Connelly!

I'm learning about English academic writing , specifically some types of paragraph like descriptive, argumentative or narrative paragraph. However, I think I have problem with grammar as well as writing skill. Can you give me some suggests of grammar and writing books?


Ngan Tran

Hi Ngan!

Sure, great question!

I personally love the English Grammar in Use textbook.  In fact, the whole series of books - Advanced English Grammar in Use, Essential Grammar in Use, Vocabulary in Use, etc. - is fantastic.

However, that book is more geared towards second language learners and for more practical purposes.  If you are already a native speaker (or understand English at a native level) and are looking for something more academic, then The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (made by the same company) is highly recommended.

Here is a link: http://www.cambridge.org/uk/linguistics/cgel/

The Purdue Owl website is great for all sorts of help with writing from grammar to spelling to making citations.  Here is a link to their grammar section: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/5/

Hope that helps, and good luck with your writing!

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Brian Connelly


I can answer pretty much any question a student might have about English; about grammar, vocabulary, meanings of words, phrases, expressions or idioms, pronunciation, etc. I can answer questions about how to learn or study English better, how to improve certain aspects of communication (listening, writing, speaking, etc), about why we have certain rules.


I've been teaching English in Japan, mainly as a private (one-to-one) teacher, but also at companies such as Universal Studios or international airports. I have taught professional interpreters and translators and I have also taught students who dropped out of high school and never learned any English. Several years ago I acquired the CELTA and I have been running my own classroom for the past year.

None in particular, but I work with a number of companies who regularly introduce me to new students and occasionally to other companies that are looking for English teachers.


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I currently have approximately 40 individual students with whom I work one on one. I have also worked with local manufacturing companies, colleges, local retailers, as well as Sharp, Universal Studios, Itami International Airport, Kobe International Airport

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