A lexical approach
Created: Thursday, 01 September 2016 10:41
Wayne Trotman looks at a fascinating new text which sees language as ‘grammaticalised lexis’
Teaching Lexically: Principles and practice
Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley, Delta Publishing;
In their message to the reader the authors separately and frankly admit the influence of Michael Lewis, author of the highly regarded The Lexical Approach (1993). Curiously, both came to appreciate Lewis as a result of attempts early in their careers to learn a second language. What makes the title under review here different are the authors’ combined attempts to interpret Lewis’s work in order to make lexical teaching more accessible, especially to those not having completed a Celta or Delta. It is, however, as Andrew Walkley points out, a teacher resource for adopting a lexical approach rather than the lexical approach.
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Book of the month - July 2016
Created: Friday, 01 July 2016 14:27
The Cambridge Guide to Blended Learning for Language Teaching
Edited by Mike McCarthy, Cambridge University Press;
Blended learning (BL) is usually defined as a combination of face-to-face teaching and online study. There are many ways of implementing BL, and this timely 278-page guide is concerned with best practice. It contains contributions from over twenty authors. Each of the five sections contains three chapters. The book includes a detailed exploration of second language acquisition theory. There are fascinating accounts of the positive effects of asynchronous online communication on students’ oral production, ‘flipping’ the classroom so students receive language input before class, and mobile learning. The section on adaptive learning alerts us to future developments. This book successfully connects the worlds of research and practice. It concludes that pedagogy is the most important factor in designing a good course, not technology. Recommended.