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AN ENGLISH HANDBOOK

M. H. Scargill.

Victoria, Sono Nis Press, c1982.
87pp, paper, $5.95.
ISBN 0-919203-18-3.


Grades 11 and up.
Reviewed by Pauline A. Burns.

Volume 11 Number 1.
1983 January.


Dr. Scargill was born and educated in England and came to Canada in 1948. For his services to education in Canada, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1970 and in 1981 was given the University of Victoria Silver Medal for all his writing and teaching.

An English Handbook, Dr. Scargillís latest work, is intended to fill a need that he perceived during his years of teaching. Many persons, old and young, feel uncertain and embarrassed when speaking or writing English. This text is the answer to their problem. In simple, succinct statements, Dr. Scargill defines terms and states the rules applying to grammatical forms.

The text has twenty-three chapters that cover areas from "Abbreviations" to "Sentence Construction." Following the main body of the text is a short exercise section, which reinforces the information set out in the handbook. There are no answers given, thus probably precluding the book's being used for individual study. However, as discussion starters, or teaching tools, these exercises would be excellent.

The text is interesting to read since it avoids being pedantic in tone and would be of great value to any serious student of English. Those whose native language is not English would find the handbook very enlightening regarding some of our more confusing grammatical constructions. I found the text useful, interesting, and valuable as a reference; it is well worth the very reasonable price of $5.95.


Pauline A. Burns, Simcoe County Board of Education, Orillia, ON.
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