The Lexical Approach: The State of ELT and a Way Forward / Edition 1

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Overview

THE LEXICAL APPROACH develops current thinking, synthesizing the best insights of previous theory, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, and modern approaches to grammar.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780906717998
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 873,159
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael  Lewis
Michael Lewis
Financial journalist and bestselling author Michael Lewis is best known for intriguing nonfiction narratives like Liar's Poker, The New New Thing, and Moneyball.

Biography

Twenty-four year-old Princeton graduate Michael Lewis had recently received his master's degree from the London School of Economics when Salomon Brothers hired him as a bond salesman in 1985. He moved to New York for training and witnessed firsthand the cutthroat, scruple-free culture that was Wall Street in the 1980s. Several months later, armed only with what he'd learned in training, Lewis returned to London and spent the next three years dispensing investment advice to Salomon's well-heeled clientele. He earned hundreds of thousands of dollars and survived a 1987 hostile takeover attempt at the firm. Nonetheless, he grew disillusioned with his job and left Salomon to write an account of his experiences in the industry. Published in 1989, Liar's Poker remains one of the best written and most perceptive chronicles of investment banking and the appalling excesses of an era.

Since then, Lewis has found great success as a financial journalist and bestselling author. His nonfiction ranges over a variety of topics, including U.S./Japanese business relations (Pacific Rift), the 1996 presidential campaign (Trail Fever), Silicon Valley (The New New Thing), and the Internet boom (Next: The Future Just Happened). He investigated the economics of professional sports in Moneyball (2003) and The Blind Side (2006); and, in 2008, he edited Panic, an anthology of essays about the major financial crises of 1990s and early "oughts."

Good To Know

Michael Lewis attended Isidore Newman School in his native New Orleans, LA -- a private college prep school that counts among its more distinguished alumni historian Walter Isaacson, children's book author Mo Willems, singer Harry Connick, Jr., and famous pro-football siblings Peyton and Eli Manning.
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    1. Date of Birth:
      October 15, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Orleans, LA
    1. Education:
      Princeton University, B.A. in Art History, 1982; London School of Economics, 1985

Table of Contents

Principles and Implications of the Lexical Approach vi

Introduction viii

Chapter 1 Background 1

Terminology 1

Basic Dichotomies and Polarities 7

The Teacher's Mind-set 32

Chapter 2 Developing Ideas 37

Spectra 37

Non-linear Concepts 43

Aspects of Language 49

Aspects of Learning 55

Chapter 3 The Wider context 58

Philosophical Problems 58

Psychological Problems 64

Contiguous Fields 68

Chapter 4 The Nature of Meaning 77

Chapter 5 The Nature of Lexis 89

Introduction 89

Different Kinds of Lexical Item 91

The Spectrum of Idiomaticity 97

Lexical Density 100

Vocabulary Size 101

Context and Co-text 103

Chapter 6 Lexis in the Syllabus 105

Chapter 7 Lexis in Language Teaching 115

Lexis in the Classroom 115

Lexical Exercise Types 127

Chapter 8 Grammar Content in the Lexical Approach 133

Misunderstandings about Grammar 133

Grammar emphasised in the Lexical Approach 137

Chapter 9 Explanation and Practice in the Lexical Approach 148

Explanation 148

Practice 151

Chapter 10 The Nature of Error 164

Chapter 11 Responding to Error? 173

Chapter 12 The Role of Materials 180

Chapter 13 Teaching, Teacher Training and Methodological Implications 188

Afterword 196

Background Reading and Bibliography 197

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