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Teaching Collocations

Hello colleagues, An important component of teaching language is collocation. For those who may not be familiar with the term, collocation refers to words that are used together. CO means together and LOCATION means place, so COLLOCATIONS are words that are used together in the same place (i.e., in the same utterance or sentence) to communicate. For example, we use the word strong with coffee but not with soda. We often say "I'm interested in that movie" but not "I'm keen in that movie."

How do you draw students attention to collocations? How do you help them learn these common phrases?

Here's an online lesson for teaching collocations by Christina Cabal. Could you adapt this lesson in your context? How so? What do you see as the pros and cons of the lesson?

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, English Language Acquisition CoP