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This part of the site has a range of worksheets that focus on sets of words and collocations. There are currently 109 collocations worksheets posted in this section and they are all free and easy to print for use in your ESL classroom. This highly rated collocations worksheet has been successfully used by many busy teachers in the past. Created for intermediate learners, the focus of the worksheet is to practice using make and do. There are notes for an entire fifty minute class as well as a suggested homework assignment so this could not be any easier to plan. If you would like to incorporate some of your own ideas into a lesson plan, you might decide just to use certain portions of this plan instead of the whole thing. If you have created worksheets related to this topic in the past, please consider uploading your worksheets for other teachers to use.
When discussing new topics, it is important to introduce all related words at the same time so that students can learn everything they need before being asked to talk about the topic. This is especially true with beginners when you are introducing lots of topic related vocabulary. As students improve, they will begin to encounter collocations so you will have to devote an increasing amount of time to collocations as students become more fluent. Collocations are words that are often found together and just sound natural to native speakers. They can range from basic such as fast food to quite complex and will go a long way towards making students sound more like native speakers if they use the phrases correctly.

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What Are Collocations?
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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Song worksheet: Getting Older (uses of the verb

Song worksheet: Getting Older (uses of the verb "to get")

Alan Smith Robertson
, , Wordsets/Collocations,
  This song “Getting Older” is written for teachers to use in the ESL classroom to practice the uses of the verb "TO GET". The worksheet also explores the different stages of l ...
1 Views 2,418 Pre-IntIntAdv
Learning And Teaching  Which Word Does Not Belong?

Learning And Teaching Which Word Does Not Belong?

InfoDepot
» Wordsets/Collocations
  In this short worksheet, groups of words about teaching and learning are provided. Students must determine the one word in each group that does not belong and explain why.
1 Views 3,131 ElemPre-Int
Sports Analogies Worksheet

Sports Analogies Worksheet

, , Wordsets/Collocations
An analogy is a comparison between one thing and another. Students complete each sports analogy by writing the correct word on the blank line. Example: SPRINT is to SHORT as MARATHON is to ____ ...
2 Views 12,142 Elem
Creative Thinking - What Doesn't Belong?

Creative Thinking - What Doesn't Belong?

, , Wordsets/Collocations
This worksheet is full of lots of different things, but there are a few that don't belong! Students put a circle around the item that doesn't belong. There are five different things in each box. ...
3 Views 16,011 Elem
Fortnite Presentation - Vocabulary Practice

Fortnite Presentation - Vocabulary Practice

Igor Daniel
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This is a PowerPoint presentation on Fortnite I made for my young students. They love playing this game, and I designed a presentation with info about the game as well as a vocabulary practice. T ...
1 Views 7,353 Pre-IntIntAdv
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How (Not) To Swear In English (Adult Learners)

How (Not) To Swear In English (Adult Learners)

Tania Hlod
, Wordsets/Collocations
This is a collection of ideas how to approch the topic of Swearings/Bad Words in English. Mind: Adult Learners. There you may find a list of questions for speaking part of the class, some ideas f ...
1 Views 6,982 IntAdv
Halloween Planning Lesson with Activities

Halloween Planning Lesson with Activities

Jeff Genet
A fantastic lesson plan for teaching useful vocabulary and expressions to talk about Halloween. The lesson plan includes a link to a fun, animated YouTube video. An excellent resource for improvin ...
1 Views 18,201 All
Common Exception Words 2

Common Exception Words 2

, , , Wordsets/Collocations
Common exception words are 'tricky words' to read. Some exception words are used very frequently, which is why children should start reading and writing them at an early age. This English resource ...
1 Views 8,328 Elem
Common Sight Words - Complete the Sentence (2)

Common Sight Words - Complete the Sentence (2)

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Common sight words are words that need to be recognised on sight. This 'Complete the Sentence' activity will help young students read these difficult words and also write them too. There are ten w ...
1 Views 7,404 Elem
Categorizing Words: Which Does Not Belong?

Categorizing Words: Which Does Not Belong?

» Wordsets/Collocations
In this worksheet, students are provided with groups of words. One word in each group does not belong. Students must determine which word that is. To expand the activity, have students explain why ...
3 Views 20,351 Elem
Categorizing Words

Categorizing Words

» Wordsets/Collocations
In this worksheet, students are provided with lists of words and must name a category that fits the words in each list. For example, the topic for a list containing oranges, bananas, apples, cherr ...
2 Views 9,711 Elem
Common Exception Words 1

Common Exception Words 1

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Common exception words are 'tricky words' to read. Some exception words are used very frequently, which is why children should start reading and writing them at an early age. This English resource ...
7 Views 10,254 Elem
What's My Favorite Color? Riddles

What's My Favorite Color? Riddles

, Wordsets/Collocations
Give students a chance to practice using color words by solving these fun color riddles. For example, what color is the color of apples and grapes? Find more free worksheets or create your own uni ...
2 Views 11,196 BegElem
Election Words Lesson

Election Words Lesson

, , Wordsets/Collocations
Check out HelpTeaching.com's lesson about election words, and then have students download and complete the accompanying worksheet. This is great during fall and spring election season in the Unite ...
1 Views 10,107 IntAdvExam
Identifying Power Tools

Identifying Power Tools

, Wordsets/Collocations
Do you teach English for a specific purpose? If so, your students may benefit from vocational education worksheets, such as this worksheet which has students identify the names of common power too ...
3 Views 11,801 Int
Classroom Vocabulary

Classroom Vocabulary

, Wordsets/Collocations
Can your students recognize common classroom objects? On this worksheet, students must look at the picture, and then select the classroom item that best connects with the picture. Find more themed ...
4 Views 26,059 BegElem
Back to School Word and Picture Matching

Back to School Word and Picture Matching

, Wordsets/Collocations
Teach students words related to going back to school with this Back to School Word and Picture Matching Worksheet. Students must draw a line to match each picture with the word that represents it. ...
4 Views 17,631 ElemPre-IntInt
Rhyming Riddles

Rhyming Riddles

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In this worksheet, students read riddles to try to figure out the mystery word. The clues include words that rhyme with the mystery word. Students will not only learn rhyming words, but they will ...
7 Views 32,133 ElemPre-IntInt
Fruit and Vegetables Word Search

Fruit and Vegetables Word Search

How many names of fruits and vegetables do your students know? Using this worksheet, students can learn the names of different fruits and vegetables. To enhance the value of the worksheet, encoura ...
4 Views 37,745 BegElem
Positions - Clip Cards

Positions - Clip Cards

Help students learn their prepositions and position words with these handy clip cards. Students can circle, color in, or place a paper clip on the word that best represents the position in the pic ...
5 Views 21,352 BegElem
Common and Proper Nouns

Common and Proper Nouns

Karen Galindo
, , , Wordsets/Collocations
This worksheet contains the definitions of proper and common nouns.  Additionally, it features a table to fill in with examples of those nouns. The table is divided into places, things and pe ...
2 Views 21,346 BegElemPre-IntInt
At the Pool Word Search

At the Pool Word Search

Cap. Whistle. Lifeguard. Towel. What do all of these words have in common? They are all words related to the pool. Look at the list of words. How quickly can you find all of the words in the list? ...
3 Views 17,198 ElemPre-Int
Write It Thrice! A Spelling Activity

Write It Thrice! A Spelling Activity

, Wordsets/Collocations
The best way to learn how to spell new words is to write them down. On this worksheet, students will practice writing each new word three times. First, they'll write it normal. Then they'll write ...
8 Views 11,676 BegElem
Is it a Palindrome?

Is it a Palindrome?

, Wordsets/Collocations
A palindrome is a word that is spelled the same forward and backward. Look at each word. Determine whether it is a palindrome. After completing the worksheet, try to think of some other palindrom ...
3 Views 14,370 IntAdv
Vocabulary Advanced

Vocabulary Advanced

andrea
» Wordsets/Collocations
Vocabulary worksheet about (almost) all the words you need! Prvides examples and exercises.
7 Views 11,899 Adv

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