Focus on Form—The Lexico-Grammar Approach

  • Matthias Hutz


Traditionally, there has been a clear-cut distinction between vocabulary and grammar in foreign language teaching. The prevailing attitude has been that vocabulary is about learning words, whereas grammar is about learning rules and generalisable patterns based on sentences. Vocabulary consists of a specific set of lexical items while the main function of grammar is to put words together in a rule-governed manner to construct new phrases and sentences.


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Further reading

  1. Aitchison, Jean (1994): Words in the Mind. An Introduction to the Mental Lexicon [1987]. Cambridge, MA.Google Scholar
  2. Lewis, Michael (2008): The Lexical Approach. The State of ELT and a Way Forward. Andover, Hampshire.Google Scholar
  3. McCarthy, Michael/O’Keeffe, Anne/Walsh, Steven (2010): Vocabulary Matrix. Understanding, Learning, Teaching. Andover, Hampshire.Google Scholar
  4. Thornbury, Scott (2005b): Uncovering Grammar. Oxford.Google Scholar
  5. Willis, Dave (2003): Rules, Patterns and Words. Grammar and Lexis in ELT. Cambridge.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias Hutz
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  1. 1.University of Education FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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