The Lexical Approach: The State of ELT and a Way Forward

  • AUTHOR: Michael Lewis
  • ISBN-13: 9780906717998 
  • 176 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©1993     Published
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About The Product

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


  • Principles of THE LEXICAL APPROACH include:the grammar, vocabulary dichotomy is invalid; collocation is used as an organizing principle; successful language is a wider concept than accurate language; the Observe-Hypothesize-Experiment cycle replaces the Present-Practice-Produce paradigm; and, most importantly, language consists of grammatacalized lexis, not lexicalized grammar.

About the Contributor

  • Michael Lewis

Table of Contents

1. Background
2. Developing Ideas
3. The Wider Context
4. The Nature of Meaning
5. The Nature of Lexis
6. Lexis in the Syllabus
7. Lexis in Language Teaching
8. Grammar Content in the Lexical Approach
9. Explanation and Practice in the Lexical Approach
10. The Nature of Error
11. Responding to Error
12. The Role for Materials
13. Teaching, Teacher Training and Methodological Implications