Published 12/12/2014 by anfaltam

There are some interesting websites related to ENGLISH COLLOCATIONS which you could explore and try out their interesting activities. Just Click on the links provided below:


  1. The first website is an online lesson in collocations: 

    Collocation lesson 

  2. The second website contains different lists with different collocation verbs:

    Collocation lists with meaning

  3. The third website is a collocation  worksheets that can help you to practice more on this subject:

    Collocation worksheet

  4. The forth one talks about How can you improve your use of collocations:

    Vocabulary and Collocations

  5. The fifth one is an exercises website to practice more on them:

    Collocation exercises 

    6. The last one is a youtube lesson

  6. Thank-You-Anim-Hearts


Published 26/10/2014 by anfaltam



English is taught throughout the world, predominantly by non-native speakers. Yet, the problem for the learner of English is that there are no collocation rules that can be learned. The native English speaker intuitively makes the correct collocation based on a lifetime experience of hearing and reading the words in combinations while the non-native has a more limited experience and may frequently collocate words in a way that sounds odd to the native speaker. 

       My blog centers on the aspect of language called “collocation” which has come to be considered as a basic feature of all languages.


Published 19/09/2014 by anfaltam


English Collocations blog is created to help students understand the meaning & usage of English collocations.Teachers can utilize the learning materials for the learning classroom

Level: Intermediate

Length of Lesson: 50 minutes

Type of Lesson: English verb Collocations


By the end of the lesson students will have
a – been encouraged to notice some collocational usages of the words ‘make’, ‘do’ and ‘have’ in a written ..
b – recorded these collocations on a worksheet provided by the teacher.
c – practiced using these collocations in context by writing sentences about themselves or their family members.


Even though the students aren’t familiar with the word ‘collocation’, they might not remember it in class. Therefore, I will use the word ‘phrase’ in class to refer to ‘collocation’. They have also done work on different kinds of collocations. They have seen collocations such as ‘to make friends’, ‘to make money’, ‘to do homework’ etc. However, they have not had the chance to work on the infinitive forms of these collocations or written different sentences using these collocations. That is, their knowledge of these collocations is on recognition level.
They have been introduced to different ways of recording vocabulary items in their vocabulary journal and the importance of this has been made clear to them. Therefore, I do not expect them to have problems using the vocabulary -sheet that I will provide them with.
I also assume that they will be familiar with the most grammatical structures covered in the materials

This blog is divided to two main parts, each one has its own material. the parts are:

* Lessons




Teachers….if you need more guidance in using this blog… the below web sides may help you during your teaching process…here you are…good luck…..!






Published 19/09/2014 by anfaltam


There are some Quizzes that you can try to evaluate yourself. Try your best to finish all the exercises.

Please click on the following links.Good Luck!


2.1 Multiple Choice Question:

pencil & form

2.2 True and False Exercise:


2.3  Matching Exercise:


2.4  Cloze Exercise:


2.5 Crossword Puzzle:


2.6  Jumble Up Questions:








Published 19/09/2014 by anfaltam

Welcome with the first lesson:

     FOR Common English collocations with the words big, great, large, deep, strong, and heavy please view the following short video:

     FOR Common English collocations with the words DO & MAKE COLLOCAIONS please view the following short  video:


Published 19/09/2014 by anfaltam

This is lesson 2:


Collocation and English Language Learning

Collocation is observed between lexical items, when arranged in texts. It is the meaning relation between individual lexical items and the ones that habitually co-occur with them in the language. For instance, we might expect bank (where money is kept) to have a high probability of co-occurance with cheque, cashier, accountant, transfer, ledger, etc. but a low probability of co-occurrence with bed, saucepan apple, etc. lexical items involved in collocations are always, to some degree, mutually predictable (Crystal, 1987).

The relationship of collocation according to McCarthy (1995) is fundamental in the study of vocabulary. J.R. Firth is often quoted having said “you know a word by the company it keeps, (Firth, 1957). Knowledge of appropriate collocations is part of the native speakers‟ competence. Collocation therefore deserves to be a central part of vocabulary learning. Effective performance of ESL learners depends on their stock of conventional collocations, which are characterized by varying degrees of restrictedness. They range from free combinations such as:

Run a risk/ business To fix ones like Take the bull by the horns 

Below is a spectrum of collocations adapted from Howart (1996) and Carter, (1987):  

  1. Free Combinations:

                      Run a risk / a business make an attempt/ way 

  1. Restricted Combinations
  2. Adjective + noun – hardened + criminal – extenuating + circumstance
  3. Adverb + verb – readily+ admit – totally+ unaware
  • Verb+ noun – renovate+ house church
  1. Noun+ verb – break+ screech – cloud+ drift
  2. Multi-Word Expressions:
  3. Irreversible binominals- part and parcel, leaps and bounds;
  4. Phrasal verb- pull out, give up


Published 19/09/2014 by anfaltam

Welcome with last  lesson :



In corpus linguistics, a collocation is a sequence of words or terms that co-occur more often than would be expected by chance. and according to Rutherford, collocation is „what goes together with what‟, in other words, the way words occur together in predictable ways.


To learn more about the English collocations, please click on the below link to view power point slides;