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Teaching Lexically: Principles and Practice

Andrew Walkley Andrew Walkley

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Delta Publishing
31 July 2016
Lexicography; Languages & ESL; English as a Second Language; English as a Second Language
From the multi-award-winning Delta Teacher Development Series.

Teaching Lexically shows what a lexical view of language looks like, and explores how it differs from a more traditional `grammar + words' view. It then considers what implications such a view might have for classroom practice. At the heart of Teaching Lexically are three main ideas:

Grammar and vocabulary are both taught better in combination.

Context is absolutely central.

Classrooms need to be input-rich; and input needs to be useful.

Teaching Lexically contains three distinctive parts which focus in turn on theory, practice and development.

Part A provides a detailed exploration of the core ideas behind lexical teaching. The authors begin with the principles that explain how and why people learn, before presenting two competing views of language - `grammar + words' (and skills) and a lexical view. They close with an in-depth exploration of how language looks when seen from a lexical perspective.

Part B contains a bank of activities that puts into practice the particular principles related to such areas of teaching as vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening, and so on. These activities are designed to be applied to any classroom material, and to help teachers build up their own repertoire of lexically-rooted techniques.

Part C addresses some of the issues and implications involved in where and how lexical teaching may be applied. It also considers how teacher training and development can become more lexically-oriented, finally suggesting ways to develop as a lexical materials writer.
By:   Andrew Walkley, Andrew Walkley
Imprint:   Delta Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 245mm,  Width: 190mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9781909783225
ISBN 10:   1909783226
Pages:   152
Publication Date:   31 July 2016
Audience:   ELT/ESL ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrew is married with two children and lives in North London with his partner and son, now his daughter has left home. He grew up in Birmingham and went to Nottingham University, where he studied English Studies. After that he went to Spain to teach English 'for a year' while he decided what he wanted to do with his life. It turned out he wanted to teach English! After that he returned to the UK where he worked in various language schools and adult colleges, completed a DipTEFLA and trained to deliver CELTA courses. He then worked at the University of Westminster for 17 years with a four-year break, when he went back to Valencia with his family. When he isn't working, he plays football twice a week, cycles round the city and enjoys London. He grows vegetables in an allotment, cooks and watches TV.

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