Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lexical Approach

The lexical approach has a lot in common with the communicative approach; it examines the importance of lexical phrases (chunks of language) and its important role in fluent speech. The fundamental principle of the lexical approach is that language consists of grammaticalized lexis and not grammar. It gives lexis more importance because it sees it as more powerful and easier to learn than grammar. It also states that we usually talk in chunks and collocations rather than focusing on the grammatical structures of a sentence. It was first used by Robert Lewis.

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