Hugh Dellar Discusses The Lexical Method

Hugh Dellar Discusses The Lexical Method

As part of our series on The Lexical Method to English language teaching, Hugh Dellar discusses The Lexical Method with Ger Counihan


Lexical Lab is Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley. They met at University of Westminster in 1997 and have worked closely as teachers, trainers and materials writers since then. They have written two five-level General English coursebook series for National Geographic Learning: Innovations (which was twice nominated for a British Council ELTON award) and Outcomes. They have also produced an online Teacher Development course called Teaching Lexically and are currently working on a methodology book of the same name for DELTA Publishing.

Hugh and Andrew have recently opened ‘London Language Lab’ which offers 4 and 8 week courses in July and August, with 20 lessons a week. The course is focused on teaching large amounts of vocabulary, with the emphasis being on listening and speaking.

“Our summer classes will teach you a large amount of vocabulary and show you how to use it with grammar. While you can expect to do some reading and writing on the course, the summer classes place a greater emphasis on developing Speaking and Listening. You will be guaranteed one of our experienced teachers who will respond to your language needs as they teach you through our usual mix of intelligent conversation, humour and real-life tasks.”

General English course to improve your social, professional and academic English. We will teach you a large amount of vocabulary and show you how to use it with grammar.

GENERAL ENGLISH 15 plus LONDON CULTURE – One extra classroom-based lesson on an aspect of London culture and society every Monday followed by a related visit to an area or sight in London accompanied by the teacher.


GENERAL ENGLISH 15 plus IELTS – Three hours of additional lessons a week preparing students for the IELTS academic exam. While you will get to understand all aspects of the exam through these lessons, the main focus will be developing writing skills and additional work on academic vocabulary.