In ELT, we tend to approach grammar and vocabulary as two quite separate strands, mostly for the convenience of teaching. Of course, we all know that, in reality, they’re closely interwoven. And perhaps nowhere more so than in EAP (English for Academic Purposes), where complex constructions and the importance of appropriate vocabulary choices often make an understanding of lexicogrammar (the grammar of words) absolutely key to writing clearly and persuasively.
Consider the underlined phrases in the following three examples of student writing – are they issues of vocabulary or grammar?
- This essay aims to exploring how children’s lifestyles can both cause and address the issue of increasing child obesity.
- Some of these areas are located in seismic belts and encounter with the risk of…
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