Lesson 11 activities (hands on)

Does it collocate?

What are collocations?

Collocations are frequent combinations of words or “words that go together” that are commonly used by speakers of a language. Collocations can cause difficulty for learners and speakers of other languages. Some examples of academic collocations are ‘do research’, ‘effective use’, and ‘data suggests’.

Activity 1

Before the lesson, look for 5 abstracts from your research area in English and bring them to class.

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Activity 2

Access Collocaid and paste one of your pre-selected abstracts. Explore the possibilities of academic collocations provided by the tool, as shown in the screenshot below.

Search example on Collocaid
Figure 3. Screenshot of Collocaid. Retrieved on September 14, 2022. © Collocaid, all rights reserved, used with permission.

Activity 3

Activity 4

Explore the collocations suggested by Collocaid as you analyse your other pre-selected abstracts. Fill in the spaces below with some collocations suggested by the tool.

Activity 5

Write or translate an abstract into English and paste it onto Collocaid. What are the collocation options that the tool provides you?

Activity 6

Discuss the following questions with your peers:

  • What have you learnt about collocations in this lesson? Why are collocations so important?
  • What have you learnt about writing abstracts in this lesson?
  • Can Collocaid help you learn other aspects of language? If so, which one(s)?


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