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Since collocations can be challenging to create practice activities for, consider using some of the free, printable worksheets available in this section. There are 68 worksheets currently listed with more being added regularly. This collocations worksheet is for intermediate and upper-intermediate business students and comes with great teacher’s notes to help you use the material effectively in class. It focuses on verb collocations with “meeting” and utilizes some excellent business English phrases. If your students are not ready for this activity consider using another worksheet and feel free to download anything that looks interesting. You can always view the whole worksheet before deciding whether or not you want to use it in class.
Collocations are commonly used word pairings or phrases and as such are important for your students to understand. While the above example is for rather advanced students, you can include this topic in pre-intermediate classes too. Here is an excellent worksheet that students can use to practice pairing do, play, and have with appropriate nouns. Students do not need to have collocations explained to them. It is more important to focus on using words correctly than on specific rules. By completing activities like this one, even beginner students can feel confident using collocations correctly.

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What Is Collocation?
Within the area of corpus linguistics, collocation defines a sequence of words or terms that co-occur more often than would be expected by chance. The term is often used in the same sense as linguistic government. Collocation defines restrictions on how words can be used together, for example, which prepositions are used with ("governed by") particular verbs, or which verbs and nouns are typically used together. An example of this (from Michael Halliday) is the collocation strong tea. While the same meaning could be conveyed through the roughly equivalent powerful tea, the fact is that tea is thought of being strong rather than powerful. A similar observation holds for powerful computers, which is preferred over strong computers. Collocations are examples of lexical units. Collocations should not be confused with idioms although both are similar in that there is a degree of meaning present in the collocation or idiom that is not entirely compositional.
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Adjectives

Adjectives

Khatuna Tavartkiladze
•, Collocations
Adjectives make stories more exciting. Students are asked to add adjectives and some more interesting information to make the story more exciting. At the same time students are introduced to adjec ...
7 Views 4,899 Pre-IntIntAdv
Business Proverbs

Business Proverbs

Natalia Serdyukova
This PPP can be used for the course of Business English or in a lesson dealing with entrepreneurship. The presentation contains some proverbs which are split up. At first the students can see the ...
2 Views 7,392 Int
Money Idioms

Money Idioms

Natalia Serdyukova
•Collocations, , ,
This presentation can be used to help learn some idiomatic expressions dealing with money and expense matters. It contains 15 phrases with definitions illustrated with pictures. It is possible to ...
10 Views 8,141 Pre-Int
Make or Do

Make or Do

Dorota Grajewska
• » Collocations
Make or do lesson for pre-intermediate or intermediate students. The first page: talk about the photos and try to make the students discover the rule. Page two - the students look for the right co ...
10 Views 5,688 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Roar by Katy Perry

Song Worksheet: Roar by Katy Perry

M. Celeste Olcese
Song Worksheet: Roar by Katy Perry. Variety of exercises: fill in the blanks with the words that you hear, put the verses in the correct order, match the sentence halves. Plus some vocabulary/use ...
10 Views 11,044 Pre-IntInt
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Movie Worksheet: George of the Jungle. Part 1

Movie Worksheet: George of the Jungle. Part 1

Here you will find exercises for part 1 of the film "George of the Jungle". The exercises are for before and after watching. Some can be set as homework. Most of them should be done in class. Stud ...
3 Views 3,632 Pre-IntIntAdv
Budgeting and Getting Finance

Budgeting and Getting Finance

A list of 40 questions about getting finance, drawing a budget etc. The purpose is to activate words students should know at intermediate level but may not be able to use owing to lack of practice ...
4 Views 7,420 Int
Feeling and Mood Collocations

Feeling and Mood Collocations

•Collocations,
The material is intended for intermediate students and aimed at students’ vocabulary enrichment, students’ collocation awareness building and speaking skills development. It is ce ...
6 Views 8,770 Int
CAE / CPE Trios 1

CAE / CPE Trios 1

Roberta Rohen
• » Collocations
In this worksheet, students can practice their knowledge of proper and strong collocations through a series of exercises focused on Use of English Part 4 for CAE and/or CPE candidates. Students mu ...
3 Views 3,351 AdvExam
Business English - Sales and Marketing

Business English - Sales and Marketing

35 questions to practice vocabulary and concepts related to marketing and sales. Wide range of questions and activities including: giving opinion, providing data, reading and summarising; web link ...
2 Views 6,845 Pre-IntInt
International Cat's Day

International Cat's Day

•, Collocations,
Worksheet on cat-idioms and commonly used expressions. The first page suggests phrases definitions, the second - picture practice and intresting facts about cats and the third - phrases in use (di ...
6 Views 3,427 Pre-IntInt
Vocabulary - Tourism

Vocabulary - Tourism

This is a worksheet I made to revise tourism-related vocabulary for a student at an advanced level. It was created as a test for a chapter of a certain book so it may be a bit specific, but it sti ...
8 Views 10,300 IntAdvExam
Money - 83 Questions

Money - 83 Questions

•Collocations, ,
Money as a conversation or writing topic usually arises student's interest. This .doc file provides 83 questions on income, spending habits, bank accounts, financial difficulties. The questions mu ...
9 Views 8,378 Pre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet: How To Speak British - Anglophenia Ep 7

Movie Worksheet: How To Speak British - Anglophenia Ep 7

This is a worksheet for an episode of Anglophenia on Youtube, regarding British colloquial expressions and their meaning. Students have to complete a table were they have the expression and have t ...
3 Views 4,836 IntAdvExam
Matching Game. Collocations: Have - Take - Waste - Spend

Matching Game. Collocations: Have - Take - Waste - Spend

•Collocations,
A matching game aimed at learning and revising collocations with take, have, waste and spend. Levels: intermediate and above. All four skills are covered: writing, reading, speaking and liste ...
3 Views 7,040 IntAdv
Collocations Related to Appearance

Collocations Related to Appearance

•Collocations,
Practice interesting expressions related to appearance and help your students improve their vocabulary. The text has been taken from a book, and I turned it into an activity. It is great for eleme ...
7 Views 6,275 Elem
Multiple Choice - Causatives

Multiple Choice - Causatives

• » Collocations
This is an FCE-like activity. The purpose of this sheet is to check some collocations within the context of causative structures. This task consists of a text in which there are 12 gaps (plus one ...
3 Views 4,345 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Adverb Collocations

Adverb Collocations

•, Collocations
Firstly the most common adverb collocations are given through example sentences. Students can have an idea about what kind of collocations are possible in English. What I like the best about this ...
16 Views 6,526 Adv
Clothes

Clothes

This worksheet contains the words that are commonly used in combination with clothes. That way it's easier for the students to memorize vocabulary and they learn in which common combination the wo ...
4 Views 4,728 ElemPre-Int
Look at, Watch or See

Look at, Watch or See

• » Collocations
My students often say "I was looking at the TV" or "I don't watch", so I made this worksheet to help explain the differences. First it's a small-group activity where they tick which phrase they th ...
7 Views 7,498 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Do or Make?

Do or Make?

•, Collocations,
It is a PowerPoint presentation of the difference between the use of 'do' and 'make'. It has got a brief explanation, some contrasting ideas and lots of expressions which use 'do' and 'make'. Init ...
10 Views 6,069 Pre-Int
Project 1, Units 3-4. Revision Test

Project 1, Units 3-4. Revision Test

This worksheet is aimed at Croatian pupils and their EFL teachers to help them save their time. I find that recommended tests to go with Project are very demanding for my pupils, and I always wast ...
4 Views 7,948 Elem
Make and Do Flashcards Part 2 PDF

Make and Do Flashcards Part 2 PDF

•, Collocations
These flashcards provide a more practical way to learn expressions which go with 'make' or 'do' with translations seen in Portuguese. Print as side to of Part 1, where pictures are shown to illust ...
3 Views 3,470 ElemPre-IntInt
Make and Do Flashcards Part 1 PDF

Make and Do Flashcards Part 1 PDF

•, Collocations
These flashcards provide a more practical way to learn expressions which go with 'make' or 'do'. Pictures are shown to illustrate these expressions and give a visual aid to memorization. Paired wi ...
5 Views 4,040 ElemPre-IntInt
Language for Law Enforcement

Language for Law Enforcement

This is a vocabulary exercise for the law enforcement workplace. It presents word families ,multiple meaning and collocations of one word " arrest". The activities involve dictionary use, creatio ...
3 Views 5,040 Adv

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