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Chunks and Language Development ...a Lexical approach

Author Name: Dr. Manjula Duraiswamy | Format: Paperback | Genre : Language Studies | Other Details

Chunks and Language Development is a teacher resource manual which is based on the Lexical Approach to language learning. Attested by classroom practices, it empowers teachers for their role as facilitators of language learning.  The book can be used as an independent resource across boards and curriculum requirements. 

Chunks Methodology, follows the Lexical Approach, where emphasis is given to ‘strings of language’ or ‘lexical patterns‘ in promoting understanding of underlying grammatical structures. These lexical patterns, found in language use, are also known as “lexical phrases”,” lexical items”,” multi-word chunks” or just “chunks” of language. These are generally fixed expressions, similes, idioms, collocations, and phrasal verbs.

In this book Manjula Duraiswamy, discusses what chunks are - various attributes of chunks, types of chunks, how they operate in a language, and the role they play in language acquisition and production. Chunks are  an important feature of language use and this book describes how they can be used in the classroom; it is a readymade training tool with tasks and worksheets providing invaluable support for language learning in the classroom. A reflective approach to training is envisaged within these tasks and activities.

This book would be useful for both teachers and trainers especially because all the strategies discussed here have been tried and tested by the author for nearly ten years in classrooms and training rooms.


Dr. Surabhi Bharati, Professor, English and Foreign languages University, EFLU, Hyderabad,Telengana, Jan 2022

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Dr. Manjula Duraiswamy

Manjula Duraiswamy brings the joy of language to classrooms just as passionately as she nurtures green spaces around her. She lives in Chennai with her family and enjoys reading and writing.