The Company Words Keep
Lexical chunks in language teaching
|Authors:||Paul Davis, Hania Kryszewska|
|Series:||Delta Teacher Development Series|
|Tags:||DTDS, lexical chunks, theory|
The Company Words Keep is a practical and thought-provoking guide for language teachers, showing how the latest insights into “language chunks” can lead to learners acquiring natural
and fluent English.
Here is a new methodology based on the Lexical Approach, a practical theory of language, of learning – and of teaching.
The authors have drawn on their considerable experiences to reflect both on the situation of many non-native teachers around the world who are not always sure which word partnerships are likely and unlikely as well addressing native speakers who still need point-of-need confidence in class and in the key terms involved in the teaching of lexical chunks.
- an approach to all aspects of teaching chunks: from beginners to advanced, from ESP to exam preparation …
- a glossary of essential terms: from acronyms to the Web, deixis to delexification, priming to pragmatics …
- a new methodology: a practical theory of language, of learning – and of teaching.
The Company Words Keep contains three distinctive parts which focus in turn on theory, practice and development:
Part A answers three key questions: What is a chunk? How fixed is a chunk? How long is a chunk? The authors draw from three factors: the use of corpus data; an increased interest by linguists in word partnerships; and the availability of computational tools that can sort the data.
Part B offers a battery of over a hundred activities that will get your students chunking. They introduce and practise chunks, exploiting both the coursebook and authentic texts, as well as making the most of the immense possibilities afforded by the use of data processing.
Part C gives further insights, helping you to review what you know, reflect on the reality of lexical chunking and take steps to find out more for yourselves – in the interest of your personal and professional life.
EL Gazette, November 2012 PDF
The Company Words Keep is a concise, in-depth teaching manual and activity book that provides a new methodology based on lexical chunks and corpus linguistics. Think of it as the Lexical Approach for the Internet Age.
Teaching Times - The TESOL France Magazine, New Year 2013 PDF
...this book brings the idea of chunking and the lexical approach to the fore in a way that is accessible to less experienced instructors while presenting exercises and theory in a way that would also appeal to more experienced teachers.
TEFL.net, February 2013 PDF