How to Teach Collocations
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Collocations are tricky little members of the English language. There seems to be no logical explanation for their relationship. Consequently, they can be difficult to learn and learn how to use them effectively and appropriately. What’s more, the fact that there are so many of them means that EFL students can often be seen pulling their hair out in exasperation when they hear the term. This is why it’s important for EFL teachers to focus on collocations in the EFL classroom.
What is a collocation?
A collocation is two or more words which are used together. There is a fixed relationship between the words which cannot be changed. This relationship seems natural to native English speakers. As a result, collocations are prevalent in natural language.
Examples of collocations are:
- Make a phone call
- Do your homework
- Total disaster
- Strong coffee
- Deep sleep
- Heavy drinker
- Congratulate on
The theory behind teaching collocations
As you can imagine, teaching collocations involves learning by heart. There is no formula behind collocations; students must simply learn the combinations. However, the more the combinations are heard together, the more a learner’s brain will associate them together. Consequently, the more likely the learner is to remember them. In order to learn them, then, collocations need to be heard and/or spoken numerous times before this relationship will stick.
This, however, only refers to the linguistic elements of the collocation i.e. the words and pronunciation. Of course there needs to be an examination of the meaning and usage of the collocation to ensure your learners understand the collocation and know how to use the collocation appropriately. Activities which promote the memorisation of collocations can be utilised before or after a focus on meaning.
Arrange chairs in a circle – one chair per student and one for the teacher. Everyone sits on a chair. The teacher assigns a collocation to themselves and to each student. The student must remember their own collocation as well as the collocations of the other students.
The teacher is sitting in first place. The student to their left is sitting in last place. The teacher calls out her collocation and a student’s collocation. That student must call out their collocation and another student’s collocation without missing a beat. This continues until someone makes a mistake or takes too long to respond.
This student must then move to the chair in last place and the other students must move to the chairs on their left. They must now adopt the collocation of their new chair i.e. the collocations are assigned to the chairs and not the students.
The aim of the game is for the students to move to the chair in first place. When a new person moves into the chair in first place, they will then lead the activity until someone else takes their chair.
If the activity is done well, it is a fast-paced game which will result in the students saying the collocations so many times they will be saying them in their sleep!
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In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- 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.