Lexical Phrases and Language Teaching
Lexical Phrases and Language Teaching is a book by James R. Nattinger and Jeanette S. DeCarrico. Throughout the book they present a language teaching program based on the use of ‘prefabricated language’. They show the importance of ‘lexical phrase’, the unit of language they think can serve as an effective basis for both second and foreign language learning.
For James R. Nattinger and Jeanette S. DeCarrico, it is inadequate to teach language only on the basis of its grammar; they suggest that language use should be an important aspect of language teaching. They also notice that learners pass through a stage in which they use a large number of unanalyzed chunks of language in certain predictable social context. They use a great deal of prefabricated language which serves as basic elements to the creative rule-forming process which follows.
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