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.
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 Hong Kong.
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.