The lexical approach is a
method of teaching
languages described by
M. Lewis in the 1993s.
The basic concept on
which this approach
rests is the idea that an
important part of
learning a language
consists of being able to
understand and produce
lexical phrases as
A lexical approach in language teaching
refers to one derived from the belief that
the building blocks of language learning
and communication are not grammar,
functions, notions, or some other unit of
planning and teaching but lexis, that is,
words and words combinations.
Focus of an
language is a
SINGLE WORD : Book, Pen etc.
POLLY WORD : By the way, Anyway
TRINOMIALS : Cool, Calm etc.
BINOMIALS : Clean, Tidy etc.
SIMILES : He cute as a kitten
CONNECTIVES : Finally, Than etc
FIXED EXPRESSION : Good Morning.
SEMI FIXED EXPRES : The problem is…
IDIOM : As slippery as an eel.
Adj + N
N + N
V + NAd.V + PP
V + Ad.V
Introduction of chunks, practice of
chunks, accumulation of chunks, use
of chunks and collocations.
Teaching individual collocations.
Making students aware of collocations.
Extending what students already know
by adding knowledge of collocation.
restrictions to know vocabulary.
Storing collocations through
encouraging students to keep a lexical
•Lexis is the basis of language.
• Ask and processes are emphasized.
•One of the central organizing principles
of any meaning-centered syllabus should
It lacks full
of an approach
lack of a
The lexical approach teach about
word and word combination.
There are collocation, idiom, etc.
Teach about the good language
learners do and how to do it. It is
lexically based theory of
language. Learning lexis is not
an easy task, it is a slow and
complex process which require a
lot of dedication and effort from
teachers and learners.