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Teaching Essential Units of Language

Beyond Single-word Vocabulary, 1st Edition

Edited by Eli Hinkel


204 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editor

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

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education