- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (24 Dec. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521536197
- ISBN-13: 978-0521536196
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 674,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rules, Patterns and Words: Grammar and Lexis in English Language Teaching (Cambridge Language Teaching Library) Paperback – 24 Dec 2003
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In an accessible style, the author demonstrates the link between grammar and vocabulary.
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In short, this book presents a coherent and relatively broad overview of how teachers can teach language (grammar, if you like) which, as you might expect, avoids taking any kind of PPP approach and emphasises linguistic development while being focused on effective communication and encouraging learners to make the most of their linguistic resources and experiences. It is also well-written and offers lots of practical exercises that exemplify Willis's approach.
This book is a must for any teacher training course; don't trust any teacher trainer who hasn't read it!
Jane and Dave Willis are best known for introducing Task-Based Learning into "mainstream" ELT, and although it is not a major focus of the book, there are discussions of teaching strategy here, and classroom applications. The main focus of the book is an in-depth exploration of how what is normally thought of as grammar arises from generalisations of lexical patternings. I found Willis's classification of lexis a useful alternative to Lewis's, and the descriptions of the noun and verb phrase; the "grammar of orientation" (the articles and determiner system); and word class as an "interlevel" between grammar and lexis are the best I have found. Each chapter comes with examples of practice exercises, which can be adapted by teachers.
I recommend this book for students of Diploma courses such as the DELTA, or for teachers who are already experienced and would like to deepen their understanding of how language works. It will also powerfully challenge you to reassess conventional grammatical descriptions. Finally, because it is written in a measured, rather than an evangelical tone, it will encourage you to change your practice without making you feel that everything you have done in class is wrong! I recently worked with a teacher trainer in Moscow who said of this book "it blew my mind", and this potential is there. Willis's quiet tone belies the book's revolutionary potential.
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