The Lexical Approach: a definitive reference list

Books
Lewis, M. (1993). The Lexical Approach: the State of ELT and a Way Forward. Hove: LTP
Lewis, M. (1997). Implementing the Lexical Approach. Hove: LTP
Lewis, M. (2000). Teaching Collocation. Hove: LTP
Willis, D. (1990). The Lexical Syllabus. London: Collins ELT. Available for free download at
www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/edacs/departments/english/research/resources/lexical-syllabus.aspx
or this shortened link: http://bit.ly/1678MNW

Resource books
Kryszewska, H & Davis, P. (2012). The Company Words Keep. Peaslake: Delta Publishing
Lindstromberg, S. & Boers, F. (2008). Teaching Chunks of Language. London: Helbling Languages.
McCarthy, M. & O’Dell, F. (2005). English Collocations in Use. Cambridge: CUP
Thornbury, S. (2005). Natural Grammar. Oxford: OUP

Online publications & e-books
Lackman, K. (2011). Lexical Approach Activities: A Revolutionary Way of Teaching. Toronto: Ken
Lackman & Associates (www.kenlackman.com/activitybooks2.html)
Woolard, G. (2013). Messaging: Beyond a Lexical Approach in ELT. The Round (www.the-round.com)
Humanising Language Teaching, December 2013 – special 20th anniversary of the Lexical Approach
edition (in conjunction with ETAI) http://hltmag.co.uk/dec13/index.htm

Other
Recording of Michael Hoey’s plenary talk Old approaches, news perspectives at IATEFL 2014
http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2014/sessions/2014-04-04/plenary-session-michael-hoey
or this shortened link: http://bit.ly/HoeyIATEFL

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Leo Selivan
leoxicon.blogspot.com

Blogs
 Hugh Dellar
http://hughdellar.wordpress.com
 Andrew Walkley
http://blog.westminster.ac.uk/celt/
 Luiz Otávio Barros / Think ELT
www.luizotaviobarros.com

Teaching English website
 A series of articles and activities using the Lexical approach
www.teachingenglish.org.uk/try/activities/lexical-approach-classroom-activities
or this shortened link: tinyurl.com/LAclass
 Collocation pelmanism for all levels
www.teachingenglish.org.uk/activities/collocation-pelmanism
 Shaun Dowling’s article on lexical notebooks and how to organise them
www.teachingenglish.org.uk/articles/lexical-notebooks
 My article on teaching grammar through lexical patterns
www.teachingenglish.org.uk/articles/grammar-vs-lexis-or-grammar-through-lexis
or this shortened link: http://tinyurl.com/lexgrammar
 Lesson plan – Money collocations
www.teachingenglish.org.uk/try/lesson-plans/vocabulary-lesson-money
 Delexicalised verbs
www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/articles/delexicalised-verbs
 My article on how to get maximum linguistic benefit out of texts
www.teachingenglish.org.uk/articles/revisiting-texts
or this shortened link: http://tinyurl.com/revtexts

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Leo Selivan
leoxicon.blogspot.com