Select a set of collocations, normally from the same collocation type; split them into left and right parts; and shuffle each set of parts. For example, the secretary of state, course of action, hundreds of dollars might be presented as: the secretary of action hundreds of state course of dollars
Learners must rematch them.
This activity mimics the dominoes game and is populated by language from the British National Corpus (BNC) of 100 million words. The last word of the previous collocation becomes the first word of the next collocation. Here is an example: bank cheque -- cheque book -- book club -- club sandwich -- sandwich board -- board room ...
This activity helps to improve your understanding of how native speakers and writers of English in the BNC corpus combine words, also known as collocations.
Instructions: Drag the words onto the domino ends to complete the sequence. Click on the ‘Check Answer’ button at any time during the activity to see which collocations have been correctly made into collocations dominoes.
Two or three related words are presented in groups to learners to choose the correct word to complete collocations. For example:
_____ bill, _____ effort,_____ debt, ____ difference
This activity helps you to distinguish how related words are used and combined (collocated) by native speakers and writers of English in the BNC corpus of 100 million words.
Instructions: Drag and drop each related word into their correct (collocational) positions to make complete phrases. Click on the ‘Check Answer’ button at any time during the activity to see which related words have been correctly made into collocations.
In this game-based activity words and phrases with a missing blank will appear on the screen and start moving downwards while learners enter guessed words to try and complete the collocations before they reach the bottom of the screen. Here is an example of the types of moving target words and phrases: plain -----, dark -----, white -----, bitter -----, milk -----, bar of -----. Learners must guess one keyword that collocates with all of them (The answer is obvious to chocoholics).
This fun activity helps you to interact with a wide range of collocations in English using the same keywords and is populated by the BNC corpus of 100 million words.
Instructions: Select the ‘Start Question’ button to begin the collocations guessing game. As words and phrases with blanks start moving down your screen enter words into the ‘Guessed Word’ box to try and complete the collocations. When you have entered the correct word the collocations will stop moving down your screen and a ‘Show Remaining Collocations’ button will appear for you to learn more collocations using the same word in context from the BNC.