Six Activities to Teach Collocations in the EFL Classroom
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We’ve spoken about collocations before and why they are useful for our learners. However, now we need to look at different activities that we can utilise in the EFL classroom to help our learners learn collocations. We know that learning collocations is not easy so we need to find ways which will help our learners notice and get to grips with collocations, while also keeping them engaged and entertained. Here are our pick of our favourite games to teach and revise collocations.
Using a text, create gap-fill activities by deleting one part of a collocation. Students must read the whole text and try to figure out what the missing word is to complete the collocation. This also works well with songs or video clips.
Odd one out
Write a set of words on the board. Each of these words except one must correlate with another word. The students must decide which are the correct correlations and which is the incorrect one. For example, apply for, get, lose, do, have, make and a job. The odd word here is make.
This can be done by playing dominoes or pelmanism. Create sets of cards with half a collocation on each so that the students need to match up two halves to make a complete collocation. You can turn this into a mingling activity by giving each student a half and letting them walk around the classroom trying to find their correct partner.
Create Bingo cards and grids with collocations. The teacher reads out a verb, for example, and the students can cross off a noun on their grid if it collocates with the verb. The first student to cross off an entire column or row, wins.
If you’re a fan of using technology in the classroom (and you should be!) Quizlet is the way to go. Quizlet is a web tool which allows you to make flashcard sets or, if you don’t have time, to find flashcard sets made by other teachers. There are two interactive games on Quizlet which can be played in the classroom or given to the students to play for homework.
A standard dictation exercise, this works well with any language point you wish to revise. The teacher reads a short story to the students, who are not allowed to write anything down and must just listen. Tell the story a second time and this time the students can write down keywords. If you wish you can tell the story a third time. The students must recreate the story word for word, meaning that they will need to think carefully about the collocations you used in the story.
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- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the Everything TEFL Ltd.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to Everything TEFL Ltd, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
Everything TEFL Ltd
28 – 32 Pembroke Street,
Republic of Ireland
Telephone: +353 (1) 554 6227
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.