Collocations and Advanced Learners
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What makes Advanced learners Advanced learners is most notably their ability to use language naturally. What this means is producing language in lexical chunks which are appropriate and relevant for the context they are in. Collocations play a big part in this. Having a thorough knowledge of collocations allows learners to sound more native-like and less learner-like.
Why do Advanced learners need collocations?
Advanced level learners are often at a plateau. It might not be as obvious as the one the majority of students experience at Intermediate level, but it’s there nonetheless. By the time students get to Advanced they have learnt the same grammar points in their EFL lessons for years and they have spoken about the same topics again and again and again. It is not surprising that a lot of Advanced learners are tired of the learning process.
Plus, Advanced learners can feel like they do not have much more to learn. By this stage they are competent communicators and perhaps do not need more language to communicate their ideas; they can convey their meaning using the language they already know. However, this strategy can hinder an Advanced learner’s learning because they will not challenge themselves and will forever stick to the language they know rather than learn new language.
This is where collocations come in, to give Advanced learners more variety in their language production and effectively to sound more natural.
How can Advanced learners learn collocations?
There is no magic formula for learning (or teaching) collocations. It all comes down to exposure, attention and usage. Extensive reading and the use of authentic texts in the classroom are great ways to ensure your Advanced learners will encounter collocations which will be useful to their own language production.
As the teacher, you can make sure your students are given relevant materials to deal with in the classroom. Plan consciousness-raising activities which bring the collocations to the students’ attention and show them the difference a collocation can make to their language. By doing this you will hopefully regain your students’ interest in the language and increase their motivation for learning.
Outside the classroom, the teacher can recommend resources which are available to the learners, and strategies on how to use them. This can include books, movies, TV shows, blogs and YouTube channels. Being exposed to authentic language on a regular basis will not only do wonders for a learner’s enthusiasm for the language but also for their language comprehension and production.
Collocations can be tricky to teach and a pain to learn, but the effect they have on language output more than makes up for the blood, sweat and tears put into learning them. Help your learners see the usefulness of collocations and the richness they will bring to their English, and use activities which make the most out of the materials you use in the classroom and your learners will soon find themselves using collocations naturally and effectively.
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- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- 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 ELEARNING FUTURES 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 ELEARNING FUTURES 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
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
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.