Vocabulary plays a major role in the acquisition of a foreign language. Its importance has been pointed out since the development of the lexical approach in the early 1990s. This theory is based on the idea that we comprehend and produce words and word combinations as chunks where learners perceive patterns. However, we lack an appropriate pedagogical implementation of these principles applied to the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language. Only in recent years it has received interest as an alternative to grammar-based approaches. On this basis, we aim at showing how a Spanish basic word, mano, and a neologism, tardeo, can be studied under this perspective. We have made use of electronic dictionaries and corpora to assist us as a way of gathering valuable information and, specially, raw data. Also, when these means failed to provide an answer, Internet has been used as a source of information. The result is a deeper understanding of how lexis works.
Teaching lexis. Spanish as a Foreign Language. Lexical approach. Words combinations. Information Technologies.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.