1st Edition

Teaching Essential Units of Language Beyond Single-word Vocabulary

Edited By Eli Hinkel Copyright 2019
    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    This textbook provides a practical and research-based foundation for teaching second language (L2) multiword units (also commonly called collocations). Multiword units – such as strong tea, beautiful weather, or would you mind –cannot be readily understood or predicted by the meanings of their component parts, and prove particularly challenging for English language learners. With contributions from top scholars, this text presents a thorough and rounded overview of the principles and practices currently dominant in teaching L2 phrases in a variety of instructional settings around the world. Divided into two sections, Part I examines the pedagogical foundations of teaching the essential units of language. Part II covers a range of techniques and classroom activities for implementing instruction. Intended for students and teacher educators, this accessible volume integrates the key principles, strategies, and applications of current and effective English language instruction for both vocabulary and grammar.

    A Short Preamble: A Bit of History in the Life of Phrases and Multi-word Units

    Eli Hinkel

    Part I. Key Considerations

    1. Teaching Multi-word Units: A Teacher’s Perspective

    Penny Ur

    2. Working with Multi-word Units in ESP/EAP

    Averil Coxhead

    3. Teaching Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions: Across the Second Language Curriculum

    John I. Liontas

    Part II . Teaching Practicalities

    4. Teaching Strategies and Techniques: Collocations and Multiword Units

    Eli Hinkel

    5. Teaching and Assessing Multiword Expressions Using an Open Educational Resources Academic English Corpus

    Brent A. Green

    6. Functions of Formulaic Expressions at School: From the Coffee Shop to the Classroom

    Cheryl Boyd Zimmerman

    7. Teaching Lexical Bundles: Which Ones and How?

    Randi Reppen


    Eli Hinkel is Professor of Linguistics and MA-TESL Programs, Seattle Pacific University, USA.