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Describing and explaining grammar and vocabulary in ELT : key theories and effective practices

Author: Dilin Liu
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2013.
Series: ESL and applied linguistics professional series.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Liu, Dilin.
How to Describe Grammar and Vocabulary in ELT.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dilin Liu
ISBN: 9781136199325 1136199322
OCLC Number: 855970186
Notes: 6.3.2 Meaning- and form-based definition methods.
Description: 1 online resource (485 pages).
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Language Description; 1.1 Introduction; 1.2 The purview of language description; 1.3 The importance of language description; 1.4 Principles for language description; Questions for consideration and/or discussion; Part I: Foundations: Key Theories and Approaches to Language Description; 2. Prescriptive, Structural, and Generative Linguistics; 2.1 Prescriptivism; 2.1.1 Overview; 2.1.2 Influence of prescriptivism on language teaching; 2.2 Structuralism. 2.2.1 Overview2.2.2 Influence of structuralism on language teaching; 2.3 Generativism; 2.3.1 Overview; 2.3.2 Influence of generativism on language teaching; Questions for consideration and/or discussion; 3. Sociolinguistics and Systemic Functional Linguistics; 3.1 Sociolinguistics: an overview of communicative competence and speech act theory; 3.1.1 Communicative competence; 3.1.2 Speech act theory; 3.1.3 Pragmatics across languages; 3.2 Systemic functional linguistics: an overview; 3.2.1 Language as a system of choice; 3.2.2 Semantic functions of language; 3.2.3 Register. 3.3 The impacts of sociolinguistics and SFL on language teaching3.3.1 From form-focused to meaning/communication-oriented instruction; 3.3.2 Teaching pragmatics; 3.3.3 Discourse analysis and discourse grammar; 3.3.4 Register and semantic function analysis; Questions for consideration and/or discussion; 4. Cognitive Linguistics; 4.1 Theoretical underpinnings and important basic concepts; 4.1.1 Language is symbolic and conceptual in nature; 4.1.2 Meaning is fundamental to language; 4.1.3 Language is composed of symbolic units/constructions; 4.1.4 Language knowledge is usage-based. 4.2 Cognitive Linguistics-inspired language description4.2.1 Cognitive grammar and construction Grammar; 4.2.2 Focusing on construal and conceptual motivation; 4.2.3 Focusing on embodied experience and conceptualization: use of visuals; 4.2.4 Description of constraints on the generalizability of constructions; Questions for consideration and/or discussion; 5. Corpus Linguistics; 5.1 Overview; 5.1.1 What is corpus linguistics?; 5.1.2 Types of information corpus queries may generate and the procedures used; 5.2 Significant contributions of corpus linguistics to the study of language. 5.3 Impact of corpus linguistics on language teaching5.3.1 Corpus use in the classroom; 5.3.2 Using corpora for curriculum design and material development; Questions for consideration and/or discussion; Part II: Putting Theory to Practice: Striving for Enhanced Language Description and Explanation; 6. Vocabulary Description; 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; 6.3.1 The concept of parts of speech and categories involved.
Series Title: ESL and applied linguistics professional series.
Other Titles: How to describe grammar and vocabulary in ELT
Responsibility: Dilin Liu.

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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 vocab.

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