Activities / Stages

(spread over a few lessons)

Cycle 1

Collocation pairs

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1  Find your pair

Ss mingle and match collocations (also a regrouping activity)

2 Swap / mingle

Ss mingle and swap collocations in order complete theirs

3 Match & sort

Ss sort collocations according to categories

4 Recall then match

Ss are given one word and they try to recall its collocates

Cycle 2

Collocation forks

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1 Make up a story

Ss make up a story using collocations with the same key word

2 Guess the key word (from collocates)

Ss try to guess the erased key word from collocates

3 Recall the collocates

Ss try to recall the erased collocates with key word provided

4 Board race

Similar to previous one, Ss take turns and race to the board to add collocates

Cycle 3

Collocation cards

bit.ly/cycles34 

(scroll to pp.9-10)

1 Card dictation

T dictates verbs and adj, Ss guess the noun they go with

2 Guess the key word

(from collocates)

Ss try to guess the key word from collocates on the back of the card

3 Recall the collocates

Ss try to recall collocates by looking at the noun on the face of the card.

Cycle 4

Revisiting texts

http://bit.ly/cycles34

(scroll to pp.11-12)

Slightly different version combined with Just-The-Word:

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1 Extract chunks / Dictation

T paraphrases chunks in a text, Ss underline them in a text they’ve read

2 Reconstruct the text

Ss are given chunks from the texts they’ve read and they have to reconstruct it

3 What do they stand for?

Ss try to remember the chunks with the first letters given (in context of the text)

4 Correct the teacher

T reads the text and makes mistakes in the chunks which Ss correct