...in HLT Magazine
"The book is a very interesting reading, sometimes a real eye opener, and a fantastic resource of practical ideas. It contains objective or factual sections such as a historical outline, as well as personal or subjective angles, often anecdotal. It is aptly described in the blurb as ”amusing yet authoritative; provocative yet without causing offence; whimsical yet well-documented; personal yet eminently practical”. "
...in IATEFL Voices
"One hurdle for successful resource books is that at least half the activities appeal to us and are easily adaptable to our teaching situation. For teachers from B1 upwards, this unusual and thought provoking book very easily passes this test. I'm glad to have read it and predict that many teachers will be grateful for its inviting activities."
...in the ETp again
"Part A was, without doubt, my favourite part as I smiled through Grundtvig's short and playful descriptions of the origins of human communication and the history of the English language."
Chia Suan Chong
...on Clark & Miller
"Terrorize people with politeness, see through propaganda, find out why they rap the news in Senegal and much, much more ...
In this interview, I discuss pragmatics and pragmatic competence with Andreas Grundtvig, author of “English is Context,” a new book for teachers and learners about English pragmatics (published by Delta Publishing). This is a big one!"
...by Jade Blue
"Andreas Grundtvig’s new book, English is Context, is informative, insightful and engaging, and has made something very complex very accessible. As well as introducing and explaining the history and theory of pragmatics, Andreas provides us with a broad range of engaging and clearly structured practical classroom activities to help learners improve their pragmatic competence." Jade Blue
...by the Faculty of Languages, Literature and Linguistics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
"English in Context encourages teachers and learners to bridge meaning and usage within context-based situations that come from daily life. It is a convenient guide for engaging students in exploration, curiosity, and meaningful learning. As a powerful resource for using Pragmatics in language teaching, it serves to raise awareness and improve natural speaking in a vivid way that pleases both teachers and students."
Ana Larissa Adorno Marciotto Oliveira, Faculty of Languages, Literature and Linguistics
...in the ETp
"It is clear that Andreas Grundtvig positively relishes the vagaries of the English language and perceives its quirks as a linguistic feast rather than a dog’s breakfast. He takes delight in teaching his students to play with the language and to explore its linguistic byways as well as its highways. (For more fun with the byways, take a look at the Scrapbook in this issue.)"
Helena Gomm, Editor
...by and about the East Anglians
"Congratulations! That’s brilliant. Very erudite. Very ingenious. Very interesting. Very entertaining. Very clever. Very funny. And of course almost 100% wrong!" Peter Trudgill, Professor. Emeritus of English Linguistics, Fribourg University, Switzerland
"Det er ganske rigtigt en ”fræk afhandling” du har skrevet, munter, ironisk, spøgende og fuld af sjove indfald!"
Hans Basbøll, Professor Emeritus, Department of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark
...on Teachers' Coffee
"Andreas Grundtvig is a teacher, author, linguist and Cambridge Exams Centre Manager in Hamburg, Germany. A speaker of eight languages, he learnt English (his fourth) at a primary school in Scotland. As a country collector, he takes every chance to explore language(s) in context.
Tomorrow at 15.30 (GMT) Andreas will be our guest at #teacherscoffee. You are all welcome to join us!
It was typical of Andreas that he chose a form of presentation which only took up 15 minutes.
He brilliantly presented 20 slides (20 seconds each) in the allotted time on the history of the English language ending up with Denglish. The slides were visually fascinating.
~ A teacher
Varied and imaginative teaching method. Extremely dedicated and professional.
~ A student
Good for nothing layabout, the world owes him a living, he smells, has no character or social skills, no money, no taste, is worthless and wears copies of designer clothes from the market and all the shit that he owns was bought off the back of a lorry.
~ A friend