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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 70 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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Equal Pay

Equal Pay

Guilherme G Tidon
  This worksheet uses a video from elllo.org to discuss the issue of equal pay between men and women in France. There is some vocabulary work and functions to make suggestions. You can use ...
1 Views 1,114 IntAdv
Who decides what art means? Part 2

Who decides what art means? Part 2

Anastasiia
•Collocations,
  The worksheet helps students to develop listening comprehension. It includes pronunciation focus, gap-filling and multiple choice assignments based on the short videos. Students think ab ...
1 Views 1,028 Pre-IntInt
Who decides what art really means?

Who decides what art really means?

Anastasiia
  This worksheet helps to develop students’ listening skills and personal impressions. It introduces the vocabulary of art and art criticism. The assignment contains tasks such as li ...
1 Views 1,147 Pre-IntInt
Songs and music in the classroom

Songs and music in the classroom

Laura Bindean
  Music is great way to teach vocabulary, boost creativity and learn English in a fun and entertaining way. This worksheet is suitable for teacher development and contains activities and i ...
1 Views 1,678 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Who Decides What Art Really Means? Listening & Speaking Activity Part 2

Who Decides What Art Really Means? Listening & Speaking Activity Part 2

Anastasiia
This is the second part of the listening comprehension activity, Who Decides What Art Means? Part of the worksheet focuses on listening and speaking skills. It introduces the vocabulary of art an ...
1 Views 5,237 Pre-IntInt
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Who decides what art means? Listening Comprehension (Part 1)

Who decides what art means? Listening Comprehension (Part 1)

Anastasiia
•Collocations,
This worksheet helps students to develop listening comprehension. It includes pronunciation focus, gap-filling and multiple choice assignments based on the short videos. The students will think a ...
1 Views 5,766 Pre-IntInt
Where Do Superstitions Come From?

Where Do Superstitions Come From?

Anastasiia
The worksheet focuses on the topic of superstitions and their origins. It is based on the video that illustrated the beliefs and coincidences at heart of the most common superstitions. Tasks incl ...
1 Views 5,866 Pre-IntInt
History - Changing Map of Central Europe

History - Changing Map of Central Europe

Anastasiia
The worksheet is based on the video that describes the rise and fall of countries in central Europe before, during, and after World War II. The tasks include pronunciation focus on the consonant ...
1 Views 6,655 Pre-IntInt
New Words from 2019 in the Oxford English Dictionary - Reading Comprehension and Quiz

New Words from 2019 in the Oxford English Dictionary - Reading Comprehension and Quiz

Petra
This is a newspaper article about the new words added to the Oxford English Dictionary in October 2019. There is a multiple choice and fill-in quiz after the reading. Topics: Star Wars, politic ...
1 Views 11,797 IntAdv
Hanging Out: Free-Time Activities

Hanging Out: Free-Time Activities

Guilherme G Tidon
In this listening activity, students will hear 4 speakers describing where and with whom they usually hang out. After matching the activities to the speakers, students will review some collocatio ...
1 Views 13,580 Elem
Booking Appointments Worksheet

Booking Appointments Worksheet

Guilherme G Tidon
In this quick exercise, learners will complete the gaps of a phone conversation to book a doctor's appointment with the phrases "I would like to book", "I can't make it", "That works for me", "Ca ...
1 Views 12,590 Pre-IntInt
Christmas Episode of Modern Family (Season 1 Episode 10)

Christmas Episode of Modern Family (Season 1 Episode 10)

Elena Taranova
•, Collocations, ,
A good episode to show your students Christmas traditions and learn about family related topics. The handout consists of True-False tasks, questions for discussion and lists of new phrases. The le ...
1 Views 15,327 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Planning a Night Out - Collocations and Activity

Planning a Night Out - Collocations and Activity

Tom Leventhall
•Collocations,
In this activity, students begin by completing some collocations associated with free time activities. From there, in pairs or in groups, they use the target vocabulary to plan a fun evening out. ...
1 Views 10,146 Pre-IntInt
Song (Collocations) Worksheet: Someone Like You

Song (Collocations) Worksheet: Someone Like You

Virginia O F Silva
This worksheet is a good tool for working on collocations. Before listening to the song, students have to complete the gaps of the lyrics with the words provided. There are two other exercises, th ...
1 Views 18,417 IntAdvExam
Garden Activities Collection

Garden Activities Collection

Tom Leventhall
•, Collocations,
It's Spring! What better time to do some garden vocabulary with your students. File contains a number of garden-based activities: idioms, collocations match, discussion questions, and design acti ...
2 Views 8,271 IntAdv
Noun + Noun Collocations: Food

Noun + Noun Collocations: Food

Ruth Pardiñas
•, Collocations,
This worksheet can be used to practise 'noun + noun' collocations and help students understand the importance of word order in this kind of structure using some common food vocabulary. The words c ...
4 Views 27,717 All
Using For and Since (Including Exceptions)

Using For and Since (Including Exceptions)

Bonny Buckley
Do you cringe when you hear students misuse "for" and "since" when they are speaking? This is one page of examples and exceptions with a description of how to use these important everyday words. Y ...
7 Views 17,616 IntAdv
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 ...
8 Views 19,222 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 ...
4 Views 27,429 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 ...
13 Views 28,624 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 ...
13 Views 12,067 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 ...
12 Views 44,160 Pre-IntInt
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 8,853 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 21,857 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 ...
9 Views 21,515 Int

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