April 12, 2012

Fun With Collocations - nouns and nouns

Hi everyone,
I wrote a fun song on collocations ~ words that go together in a certain order.  I started looking into collocations and found out  what a complicated part of English these can be.  I am going to post a series that looks at these collocations from my understanding.  This is a learning experience, so jump on in with your knowledge.  Thanks and happy teaching (and learning).


A COLLOCATION is an expression of two or more words that go together.  Collocations "sound right" to native speakers, but are difficult for English Language Learners who lack the native speakers intuition.

Although grammar is important when teaching English, it is also important to teach ELLs which words go with which other words.  

According to wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collocation), There are about six main types of collocations-adjectives and nouns,nouns and nouns(a....of....),verbs and nouns,adverbs and adjectives,verbs and expressions with preposition, verbs and adverbs. 

Here is a fun song to practice noun and noun collocations:


What are some of your favorite collocations?

Happy Teaching!

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