This is a summary of the #eltchat which took place on Nov 13 2013. There were only few participants present. For me, it was a bit of an eye-opener. I had heard about the Lexical Approach during my CELTA course, and found at that time it made real sense. But then I somehow never really followed this up, so I gained quite a bit of an insight through all the materials linked to during the chat (and I also realised that I’ve used this in class, just never noticed it would fall under the label of lexical approach).
First, there were some introductory websites:http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/lexical-approach-1-what-does-lexical-approach-look
Following the intro was a debate about to grammar or not to grammar, which ended in agreement that we should cherry-pick from each approach according to our students’ needs.
We then moved on to share ideas about how corpora can be used in the classroom, especially COCA:
Thereafter was a quick discussion of other classroom activities, e.g.
http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~scholp/corptask2.htm (collocation grids)
Dave Willis was on the forefront of the LA:
There is also a ‘flipside’ to the LA (@Marisa_C):
And this is the transcript: http://eltchat.pbworks.com/w/page/70773371/Lexical%20Approach.