Sunday, May 26, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
- Which word collocates with all the words given?
- 1. fried, poached, fresh, raw, frozen, grilled, smoked _________________
- 2. summer, warm, winter, tatty, shabby, trendy, second-hand _____________
- 3. dangerous, desperate, common, born, hardened, master _______________
- 4. massive, huge, crowded, packed, outdoor, indoor, sports _______________
- Answers. 1 = fish, 2 = coat, 3 = criminal, 4 = stadium
- Get the students to do creative drills. For example, devise a 'Find somebody who...' activity for them to practise collocations. For example,
- Find someone who
- .....has been on a strict diet
- .....has been in an embarrassing position
- .....has made a critical choice in his/her life etc.
- The students themselves could make up similar activities.
- Get the students to repeat the same activity, for example giving a short talk or telling a story, perhaps three of four times. This has been shown to boost fluency by activating collocations.
- Ask the students to brainstorm nouns on a particular subject, perhaps for a
and adjectives that collocate with those nouns, then adverbs with the verbs, thus
building up a number of lexically dense collocational fields.
Although Language learning is a painful process, there are some enjoyable experiences that people encounter in this process. Here are two examples:
An Arab Couple went to London hotel...
One day in hotel room, husband heard his wife scream"Farr! Faaaarrrrr" (which is the Arabic word for mouse).
Now he wants to inform room service but doesn't know english word for "farr" is.....
Husband : hello room service?
Room-service: yes sir ,how can I help you ?
Husband: Mmmm..... You Know tom and Jerry ?
Roomservice: yes sir ,I know tom and jerry ...
Husband: Wallah Habibi Jerry is here.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Read each of the following sentences. Decide from the context whether the speaker is
showing approval or disapproval of the topic. Then circle the best word to put into the
1. “The sooner we move out of this (home, dump),” said Jack, “the happier I’ll be.”
2. This cell phone is (expensive, overpriced), but I don’t mind paying extra because it has so many useful features.
3. You’re lucky to have Wilma on your committee. She has lots of (original, crazy) ideas.
4. Boss Reed and his (cronies, employees) have controlled the politics in this city for more than twenty years. I certainly hope the other party wins this year!
5. It was a beautiful spring day, and the (stench, scent) of apple blossoms filled the whole yard.
6. I hope I don’t have to share an office with Janice. Sandra told me how (curious, nosy) she can be.
7. “I think Fay is an excellent president,” said the principal. “She really knows how to (manage, meddle).”
8. Will you please turn your stereo off? I can’t concentrate with all that (music, noise).