Being a Lexical Teacher: a course for teachers

What’s this course all about?

Being a Lexical Teacher is an online course for English Language Teachers who want to learn more about how to teach vocabulary (formulaic language, collocations, chunks of language, fillers, word grammar, etc.).

How is it organized?

The course is divided into 4 modules:

  • THE FUNDAMENTALS IN LEXICAL TEACHING: What is lexical teaching? What are chunks? What is lexis? Defining and understanding basic concepts in lexical teaching and acquisition.
  • FORMULAIC LANGUAGE: teaching, learning, acquiring: What is formulaic language? How does formulaic language affect the way we teach and learn language? How does formulaic language influence the way speakers communicate fluently and accurately
  • TEACHING GRAMMAR LEXICALLY: How can we teach grammar without grammar? What is grammar anyway? How to teach/learn grammar without paying too much attention to prescriptive grammar? How does formulaic language helps to speak accurately without knowing too much grammar? What is colligation?
  • CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES AND TECHNIQUES FOR TEACHING LEXICALLY: How can we put the whole new theory into practice? How can teachers motivate and help learners become more aware of formulaic language? How can teachers help learners become more autonomous?

What else am I going to learn?

Each module of Being a Lexical Teacher includes tasks to be completed and to help participants get a better understanding of the topics presented. There are also activities, exercises, and ideas to be put into practice in classes. The course covers a series of relevant topics on vocabulary teaching and learning:

  • The History of Vocabulary Teaching in ELT;
  • Lexical Approach, Communicative Language Teaching and other methods, approaches, and theories related to vocabulary teaching/acquisition;
  • Myths in vocabulary teaching;
  • Formulaic Language: chunks of language, collocations, gambits, polywords, etc.;
  • Corpora as a teaching tool;
  • The role of memory in lexical acquisition (mental grammar vs mental lexicon);
  • Prescriptive Grammar versus Grammar in Use;
  • How to teach grammar lexically (avoiding rules and terminology in the classroom);
  • Assessing learner’s lexical acquisition;
  • Strategies, tips, activities, games, and exercises to make the most of lexical teaching and learning.


  • From November 13th to December 8th (year 2018)

How many hours a week do I have to dedicate to this online course?

Any online course demands some different timing and organization from each participant. So, it’s up to you to get yourself organized and make time to read the materials sent by email, complete the tasks, take part in the online discussions, attend the online lessons. We estimate that you should spend 4-5 hours per module for this course, giving around 20 hours for the whole course.

What about the Being a Lexical Teachers ONLINE CLASSES?

The video lessons are all recorded.  So, you will not miss a thing; as the recording will be available, you will be able to watch the lessons at any time and place you wish.

Is there a certificate?

Yes, there is. Participants will be awarded a certificate at the end of the course (20 hours).

How do I apply for this course?

Click on one of the buttons below and follow the steps to reserve your place on the course. In case you have any other question about this course, you can either click here to get in touch or send a WhatsApp message to 69 99295 4004 (if sending a message, type your name and then the questions you may have).

How much is it?

R$380,00 (you can pay via Pagseguro or PayPal – click on one of  the buttons below). In case you want to pay by wire transfer or deposit, click the get in touch link above and send me a message to learn how that is possible.

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Who is the online tutor?

Denilso de Lima is an EFL teacher trainer and ELT book author in Brazil. He has given a series of lectures, workshops, and courses for major universities, ELT associations, and English language schools in Brazil. Denilso has many years of teaching and teacher training experience; he has also been researching about lexical teaching for more than 20 years now.