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TEACHING CHUNKS OF LANGUAGE
Seth Lindstromberg and Frank Boers
Helbling Languages, 2008
Teaching Chunks of Language is definitely much more than a book on teaching vocabulary. It is extremely informative, user-friendly and interesting material which throws light on an area which has always proved hard for both students and teachers: putting into practice the principles of the Lexical Approach, which advocates that in order to communicate clearly and fluently in English, one should be able to deal with the so-called chunks of language, i.e. ready-made units of language which sound more natural to native speakers.
The book is organised into four chapters: Chapter 1 offers some theoretical background and briefly but clearly explains the reasons why we should teach chunks in the EFL classroom. It also explains how this task can be accomplished. Chapter 2 has a great number of activities which are aimed at helping mainly pre-intermediate to advanced students notice chunks. Chapter 3 delves deeper into the topic and presents more activities which will help students remember chunks. Chapter 4 aims at consolidating chunks by reinforcing the importance of reviewing so as to learn vocabulary more effectively.
The book also has a section containing photocopiable sheets for most of the activities in Chapters 2, 3 and 4. Furthermore, it is also possible to download extra activities for chunk learning from the publisher’s website.
Teaching Chunks of Language is a book which I gladly recommend as it certainly is a valuable tool and breaks new ground in the learning/teaching of vocabulary.
Compre na Disal.
Elaine Hodgson has been a teacher and teacher trainer for over 19 years. She holds a degree in English, an MA in Applied Linguistics and is a PhD candidate in the same area. She is currently teaching at the Military School of Brasília. E-mail: [email protected]