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The importance and benefits of teaching lexical chunks has been well-documented, but can some sort of order be imposed on an area which is so amorphous? This presentation suggests criteria for identifying idiomatic chunks in written and spoken texts, ways to explain their usage and to organize them for teaching.


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  • 1. ETAI 6th International Conference 2010, Jerusalem Dr. Helen Osimo, University of Haifa Oranim Academic College of Education, Israel helen.osimo@netvision.net.il Coming to terms with lexical chunks: Identifying, using and teaching. My type of relationship Julia and I go way back. The relationship isn’t perfect and we’ve had our ups and downs. Sometimes she makes me furious and I am ashamed to admit that once or twice I've even knocked her about a bit. What drives me crazy is the way her ‘P’ keeps getting stuck, and that now and again her shift becomes loose. I never see eye to eye with her about her messy ribbons either, nor the fact that her every intimate nook and cranny is constantly clogged up with dust. But Julia and I make the best of it. After all, we've been through a lot over the years: two books, reams of journalism and hundreds of letters. Come to think of it, we're partners because we need each other. In the lonely business of writing, Julia is my one and only companion – for better or for worse – and her loyalty means a lot. My friends and colleagues are always making fun of me and call me an old dinosaur. They insist that sooner or later I’ll have to start using a word-processor and get rid of Julia – my faithful old typewriter! [Inspired by] Gude, K., & Duckworth, M. (1996) Proficiency Masterclass, (student’s book p.295) Oxford: OUP.
  • 2. (MY) AUTHENTIC EMAIL EXCHANGE WITH ADAM, TEVA VaDIN -----Original Message----- From: Helen & Roberto Osimo [mailto:osimorh@netvision.net.il] Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2006 06:22 AM To: Info : Adam Teva Vadin Subject: Re: Adam Teva Vadin Newsletter Hello there - I really value the work you are doing but can you tell me why Adam Teva VaDin has stopped providing all its material in English. I'm afraid that this makes a big difference to me. Yours sincerely, Helen Osimo ----- Original Message ----- From: Info at Adam Teva V'Din To: 'Helen & Roberto Osimo' Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2006 10:05 AM Subject: RE: Adam Teva Vadin Newsletter Hi Helen Thanks for your note. I am sorry that we haven't been able to get English materials out in a timely fashion recently. A newsletter is being mailed next week. Other technical problems prevent us for the time being from sending out an English language email (it's to do with our service provider changing servers). In the meantime, our web site in English is kept up to date. We hope to be able to get email newsletters out again starting next week. I'm sorry for the inconvenience. Bear with us for a little while longer. Thanks for your support of IUED. Best regards Fran Ran, Development Director Israel Union for Environmental Defense (Adam, Teva V'din) Word count of text : 140 words No. of chunks in text : 10 chunks Word count of chunks : 34 words Percentage of chunks of text : 24%
  • 3. Bibliography Erman, B., & Warren, B. (2000). The idiom principle and the open choice principle. Text, 20,1, 29-62. Lewis, M. (1993). The Lexical approach: The state of ELT and a way forward. Hove: Language Teaching Publications. Meunier, F. & Granger, S. (2009). Phraseology in Foreign Language Teaching. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Moon, R. (2001). Frequencies and forms of phrasal lexemes in English. In A.P. Cowie (Ed.), Phraseology (pp. 79-100). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Nattinger, J.R., & DeCarrico, J.S. (1992). Lexical phrases and language teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Schmitt, N. (Ed.), (2004). Formulaic Sequences: Acquisition, processing and use. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Wray, A. (1999). Formulaic Sequences in second language teaching: Principle and practice. Applied Linguistics 21/4, 463-489 Wray, A. (2002). Formulaic language and the lexicon. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Wray, A. (2008). Formulaic language: Pushing the boundaries. Oxford: Oxford University Press.