Teaching Collocations

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Joshua Brook Antle, Hokkaido University of Education


In this paper I give a brief explanation of collocation and describe the potential benefits of an increased focus on collocations. This is followed by many sample activities and exercises. While the majority of the activities may be more suitable for students of an intermediate or higher level of English proficiency, materials and exercises that can be used for beginner level students are also included. Collocation exercises for reading, writing, and speaking classes are provided. I also describe how the use of computer concordances, collocation dictionaries, and vocabulary notebooks can help develop collocational competence.