Theme: Lexical Chunking is a way of thinking about language which puts lexis in the centre of our attention rather than grammar. New ways of collecting data such as computer analysis of the language corpus has provided invaluable information about the meaning of words, their frequencies and their word partnerships just to name a few. The pedagogical implications for our teaching are immense and it is now finding its way into our coursebooks and other materials we use in our language classes. Raising awareness of chunks through learner training speeds up the learning process helps in more natural language use and can helps students to perform better in exams. In this session we will look at chunks, how to teach them, how to tweak our materials and how to explore the available on-line resources.
About the speaker: Hania Kryszewska is a senior lecturer at the English Institute, University of Gdańsk, Poland, and EU Teacher Training College where she trains pre-service teachers. She is also a teacher trainer and trainer of trainers working mainly with Pilgrims Language Courses and University of Oxford. She is co-author of resource books: “Learner Based Teaching” OUP and a range of other books for teachers. Her new book (with Paul Davis) on lexical chunking “Company Words Keep” will appear in DELTA this month. For 6 years she has been the editor of HLT Magazine.