Based on original research and novel concepts, this book investigates the
nature and use of terminology from linguistic and applied viewpoints.
Throughout, problems with terminology, such as overuse by teachers and
cases of synonymy and polysemy, are considered and solutions are offered.
Part One looks firstly at some basic concepts, then draws important
distinctions between pedagogic and scientific terminology, and between
transparent, opaque and iconic terms, before examining the historical,
lexical and grammatical nature of terms.
Part Two attempts to estimate the value and relevance of terminology in
language teaching and describes the use and knowledge of terminology in
various language-teaching-related constituencies: learners, teachers,
textbooks, grammars and research. It concludes with a discussion of the
criteria for evaluating terms and an analysis of terms used in ELT.
Contents: Pedagogic and scientific terminology - Types of terms - The
development of terms - The lexis of terms - The grammar of terms - The
place of terminology in language teaching - Terminology and learners'
knowledge - Terminology and teachers - Terminology in pedagogic grammars -
Grammatical terminology in textbooks - Terminology in research and testing
- Evaluating terms: some criteria for the selection of terms - A
metalingual analysis of English grammatical terms.
Roger Berry has been involved in English language teaching as a teacher,
writer, teacher-trainer and lecturer for over thirty years. He has
published and edited numerous articles and several books on English
Grammar, language teaching, terminology and language awareness. He has
taught in many parts of the world; currently he is at Lingnan University in