Teaching collocations (Michael Lewis)

Teaching collocations (Michael Lewis)

“Without grammar little can be conveyed; without vocabulary, nothing can be conveyed.” David Wilkins

Second language vocabulary acquisition has been widely researched by many ELT experts. The acquisition of a sufficiently large vocabulary is of utmost importance for English learners. In this regard, we can’t but agree with David  Wilkin’s statement. If you really want your students to improve their skills in English, you should pay lots of attention to the vocabulary. The main part of the language vocabulary consists of ready-made chunks, the so-called collocations. The importance of collocations and the ways of teaching them are minutely introduced in “Teaching Collocations: Further developments in the Lexical Approach ” by Michael Lewis. 

What are collocations and why teach them?

Collocations are usually defined as the words that are placed or found together in a predictable pattern, e.g. ‘a large number of’, ‘as far as I’m concerned’, ‘feel a compulsion to do something’.