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A Spanish Grammar Workbook

A Spanish Grammar Workbook

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This Spanish Grammar Workbook is designed to make the acquisition of the Spanish language a challenging, sensible and pleasurable task. It is structured around the main elements of contemporary Spanish  grammar and is intended as a support for communicative activities, a variety of which appear in appendices to each chapter.
The workbook complements Blackwell’s A Comprehensive Spanish Grammar by Jacques de Bruyne (with additional material by Christopher J. Pountain), thereby forming a complete educational package or core  text that will be suitable for students and teachers at most levels of formal education, from schools and universities to evening classes and intensive courses. Furthermore, the Spanish Grammar Workbook has its  own, separately defined potential as a learning aid for independent students of the language, while also being of particular use to language tutors who depend upon a resource of grammar exercises to support all  types of courses.

The Spanish Grammar Workbook is suitable for those students who, for professional, educational or personal reasons, are committed to the acquisition of Spanish as a second language. The 500 grammar  exercises are numbered accordingly to allow for easy movement from each exercise to its key and they vary from gap-filling exercises and puzzles to multiple-choice tests and realistic dialogues which  contextualize Spanish grammar in everyday speech. By these means,language learners may come to understand grammatical functions naturally by putting the theory into practice.
The book includes an extensive key to the 500 grammar exercises. These exercises are graded and ordered according to a simple system:
 Elementary grammar: simple expressions and basic conversational Spanish. Suitable for revision of essential syntax.

 Intermediate grammar: standard conversational Spanish and communicative expressions.

 Advanced grammar: complex syntax and sophisticated expressions.

As with any workbook, reference to a formal guide to Spanish grammar will be necessary for students at the lower levels of language acquisition. For this reason, the Spanish Grammar Workbook is cross- referenced to Blackwell’s A Comprehensive Spanish Grammar as indicated in the square brackets [ ] that appear alongside every section title.

The primary objectives of this book are the practice and correction of grammar, the acquisition of vocabulary, and the use of this grammar and vocabulary for communicative purposes. The communication  exercises which appear as appendices to the chapters are intended to function as prompts to the oral and syntactical practice of the grammar in representative contexts, while the 500 grammar exercises will allow  students to attain, maintain and shore up their fluency. Many of the exercises may also be used as the basis of tests, revision schemes and translation tasks.
Although this workbook is focused on Peninsular Spanish, it also features elements of Latin American Spanish. Peninsular Spanish is not the pan-Hispanic model, but students of Spanish must be aware that there  is as much difference between Argentinian and Mexican Spanish as there is between Mexican and Peninsular Spanish. Any attempt to encapsulate the many rich varieties of Spanish in Latin America would have  floundered on the lack of consensus and, indeed, the limited number of pages available. The options available in writing this workbook were the usual. I could have stripped the language down to its bare, uncontroversial bones and ended up with a colourless language that was irrelevant to all, or I could have attempted a pick-and-mix of Peninsular and Latin American conventions, varieties and idiosyncrasies.  Clearly, both options would have confounded and insulted in equal measure. In writing the Spanish Grammar Workbook I have attempted to take most of these problems and differences into account, though, inevitably, the multifariousness will have defeated me at times. 
The Spanish language is a living, breathing creature that is evolving differently in distinct areas of the globe. Instead of policing these territories, this book holds the middle ground with feigned casualness, while  fretting inwardly about the differences that many of its readers will encounter from the Spanish that surrounds them. So I would rather you thought of this workbook as a guidebook for independent travellers, whose  author has tried and tested routes and itineraries,which you may refer to, test and sample, secure in the knowledge that these beaten paths are safe and quite popular; but please feel free to explore further  and add your own experiences and insights to the venture. Ideally, this book should become a scrapbook that fills up with your crossings-out and additions, your alternative phrases and your notes on local colour,  thereby reflecting your journey through the Spanish language. 

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