Teaching Collocations
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Teaching Collocations

Why and how to teach collocations to language learners
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Created by Maryam E.
Last updated 5/2020
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 5 articles
  • 18 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to teach collocations
  • English language teaching (ESL, EFL, ELT, TESOL, TEFL)
  • Why teaching collocations is important
  • Improving fluency and communication with collocations
  • ESL/ EFL/TESOL Teacher
  • B2 English proficiency
  • English language teachers

In this course, you will explore the many ways collocations help English language learners improve their communication competence. We will look at the role collocations play in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The course includes sample lessons as well as ideas to help you integrate collocation awareness activities in your classroom. When you finish this course, you will be equipped with a pool of classroom ideas and teaching strategies to empower your students. 

Who this course is for:
  • Teachers
  • Teachers in Training
  • PD for teachers
  • Intermediate/Advanced English language learners
  • Experienced English language teachers
Course content
Expand all 44 lectures 02:55:06
+ Introduction
5 lectures 13:03

I am Maryam. I am your course tutor. I hope you find the course helpful in enriching your practice. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions about this course. I would love to get to know you, so if you can, please send me a short message telling me a little bit about yourself.

Preview 03:41

In the course introduction, you will get to know more about the contents of the course as well as the course instructor.  The video discusses why collocation teaching in ESL/EFL contexts have been underplayed or ignored, and how this course can help raise both teacher and learner awareness of collocations.

Preview 02:46
About your tutor
Course Overview & outcomes
10 questions
+ What are collocations?
2 lectures 17:34
What are collocations
Describing (or categorizing) collocations
Here is a simple task that can be used to raise awareness of collocations. In this instance, we are using it to highlight how different parts of speech collocate, and how 'old' vocabulary can be recycled to provide new meaning.
Identifying collocations
2 questions

Here we review how collocations can be categorized, as well as identify different common collocates.

Check your understanding
5 questions
+ Why is it important to teach collocations?
4 lectures 22:43
Collocations & vocabulary building
Collocations & proficiency
Collocations & Fluency
Section summary
Test yourself: Why are collocations important in ELT?
5 questions
+ Receptive skills & collocation
6 lectures 26:40
Section introduction
Top-down vs. bottom-up processing
Role of collocations in bottom-up reading
Top-down reading and collocations
In this experiment, we will do a skimming experiment. You will be shown a text for just over 10 seconds. From this short glimpse into the text, we will look at the processes and clues that helped form our ability to process the text.
Experimenting with collocation and comprehension
4 questions
Role of Collocations in listening
Collocations in listening & how to teach for it
In the attached file is a sample text and worksheet which can be used as part of a lesson introducing your learners to collocations. The worksheet can be used as a part of a discovery-based lesson. Once you have done this (or a similar lesson), complete the reflection questions.
Text-based collocation lesson
6 questions
End of section
5 questions
+ Role of collocations in developing speaking skills
5 lectures 17:56
Section introduction
Introduction to speech production
Speaking accuracy and fluency with collocations
Improving speaking skills with collocations
Here you will get a chance to try a speaking lesson where you help students develop their speaking fluency. The two central ideas discussed in this section were how chunking and drilling help promote fluency. Here you will give a try.
Experimental speaking lesson
6 questions
Section summary: How collocations help in speaking

Test your understanding of the concepts and ideas presented in this section.

End of section quiz: Collocations in Speaking
5 questions
+ Using collocations in writing
6 lectures 31:30
Section introduction: Collocations in writing
Building learner confidence with collocations
Creating cohesion in writing
Collocation awareness during text-based writing lessons
In any of your writing skills lessons, I would like you to experiment with having learners brainstorm collocations before they start writing. I would like you to compare it to other writing or planning strategies you use in the classroom, After the lesson, please complete the reflection questions.
Using collocations for planning writing
5 questions
Section summary: How collocation play a role in writing
Collocations & writing skills
5 questions
+ Raising learner awareness of collocations
10 lectures 29:51
Section introduction: Raising learner awareness of collocations
Vocabulary notebooks
Grammaticising words
Noticing and text-based teachers
Teach learning strategies
Answering student questions
Error correction
Building learner awareness of collocations
This assignment consists of two parts. You will carry out a lesson, integrating some of the ideas suggested in this section. You may use the core lesson plan provided for this assignment. Then you will reflect on the lesson and gauge how you can improve your practice.
Apply the strategies & reflect
6 questions
Section summary: Raising learner awareness of collocations
Check your understanding: How we can improve learner awareness of collocations
5 questions
+ Resources and activities teaching collocations
4 lectures 00:37
ELT glossary

Here are links to my favourite online collocation resources for students. The first two links are free online collocation dictionaries that I use with my students. I recommend that you choose one and teach your students how to use it.

Online learner collocation dictionary
Using English Corpora
Worksheets and resources for incorporating collocations used in this course
+ Wrapping things up
2 lectures 04:12
10 questions
Reference list