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

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    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: 858,004
    • 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.


    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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