How to Describe Grammar and Vocabulary in ELT

Key Theories and Effective Practices
Routledge (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 15. August 2013
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  • 272 Seiten
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978-1-136-19932-5 (ISBN)
Language description plays an important role in language learning/teaching because it often determines what specific language forms, features, and usages are taught and how. A good understanding of language description is vital for language teachers and material writers and should constitute an important part of their knowledge. This book provides a balanced treatment of both theory and practice. It focuses on some of the most important and challenging grammar and vocabulary usage questions. Using these questions as examples, it shows how theory can inform practice and how grammar and vocabulary description and explanation can be made more effective and engaging.Part I describes and evaluates the key linguistic theories on language description and teaching. Part II discusses and gives specific examples of how challenging grammar and vocabulary issues can be more effectively described and explained, each chapter focuses on one or more specific grammar and vocabulary. An annotated list of useful free online resources (online corpora and websites) for grammar and vocabulary learning and teaching, and a glossary provide helpful information.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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10 Tables, black and white; 7 Illustrations, black and white
978-1-136-19932-5 (9781136199325)
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Dilin Liu is Professor of Applied Linguistics/TESOL, Department of English, The University of Alabama, USA.

Chapter 1 Language Description: Purview, Importance, and Principles
1.1 Introduction
1.2 The purview of language description
1.3 The importance of language description
1.4 Principles for language description

Part I: Foundations: Key theories and approaches to language description
Chapter 2. . Prescriptive, Structural, and Generative Linguistics
2.1 Prescriptivism
2.2 Structuralism
2.3 Generativism

Chapter 3. Sociolinguistics and Systemic Functional Linguistics
3.1 Sociolinguistics: An overview of Communicative Competence and Speech
3.2 Systemic functional linguistics: An overview
3.3 The impacts of sociolinguistics and SFL on language teaching

Chapter 4. . . Cognitive Linguistics
4.1 Theoretical underpinnings and important basic concepts
4.2 Cognitive Linguistics-inspired language description

Chapter 5. . . Corpus Linguistics
5.1 Overview
5.2 Significant contributions of corpus linguistics to the study of language
5.3 Impact of corpus linguistics on language teaching

Part II: Putting Theory to Practice: Striving for Enhanced Language
Description and Explanation

Chapter 6. . . Vocabulary Description: Basics, Parts of Speech, and Other
Challenging Issues
6.1 What information should be covered in teaching a word?
6.2 Describing/teaching spelling, pronunciation, and morphological rules
6.3 Defining/teaching parts of speech
6.4 Collocations/semantics/register: Other key issues to be addressed
6.5 Explaining/teaching challenging issues with new insights

Chapter 7. . . Sentence Structure Description: Basics, Verb Structure/
Subcategorization, and Other Challenging Structural Issues
7.1 Sentence structural analysis: Tasks and processes
7.2 Established practices for describing/analyzing sentence structures
7.3 Explaining/teaching challenging issues with new insight

Chapter 8. . . Tense and Aspect
8.1 English tense and aspect system: An overview
8.2 Established useful practices for describing/teaching prepositions
8.3 Explaining/teaching challenging issues with new insights

Chapter 9. . . Articles
9.1 The English article system: An overview
9.2 Established useful practices in describing/teaching English articles
9.3 Explaining/teaching challenging issues with new insights

Chapter 10. . Prepositions, Prepositional Adjectives/Adverbs, and Particles
10.1 Overview: Basic information, importance, and difficulties
10.2 Established useful practices for describing and teaching prepositions 10.3 Explaining/teaching challenging issues with new insights
Chapter 11. . Structural Alternation: English Object Placement, Subject/Object
Deletion, and the Passive voice
11.1 Explaining/teaching object placement with new insights
11.2 Explaining/teaching subject/object deletion with new insights
11.3 Explaining/teaching the passive voice with new insights
Chapter 12. . Word Meaning and Usage: Polysemy, Synonymy, Culturally-
Loaded Words, and Register
12.1 Polysemy: An overview
12.2 Synonymy
12.3 Established useful practices for teaching polysemes and synonyms
12.4 Explaining/teaching challenging issues with new insights

Chapter 13. . Word Collocations
13.1 Overview of collocations
13.2 Established useful practices in collocation teaching
13.3 Explaining/teaching collocations and collostructions with new insights

Chapter 14. . Multi-Word Expressions: Idioms, Phrasal Verbs, and Formulae/
Lexical Bundles
14.1 Describing idioms/phrasal verbs/formulae and their functions
14.2 Explaining/teaching idioms and phrasal verbs with new insights
14.3 Explaining and teaching formulae/lexical bundles with new insights
Annotated List of Free Online Resources for Grammar/Vocabulary Learning/ Teaching
"The book, while packed with information about grammar and vocabulary, has useful examples throughout, which makes it both interesting to read and enlightening. It is likely that all of us, language teachers, will want to have it on our bookshelves." - tesolanz news

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