Here’s a little test for you to see how good you are at spotting collocations. The words in the grid below can be put into four collocation groups. Can you figure out (a) what the groups are? (b) which word(s) collocate with the groups?
For example, if you had found the words “a distinction / attention to / a line / up plans” in the grid, then you would have the four words for your group and you would (of course) have correctly identified “draw” as the word that collocates with them.
Obviously, in some instances more than one answer is possible and words might be able to fit into more than one group, but that is all part of the fun!
How long do you need? Two minutes? Five?
It’s ok – you can take your time! Answers at the bottom of the page!
This is an activity I thought of after watching the popular UK quiz show “Only Connect“, which has a round called “the wall” where contestants have to find four categories and describe the connections. If you visit the website, you can play for yourself – but be warned – they aren’t easy!
You can easily adapt it for different ages and abilities and it is is nice way of reviewing vocabulary. Two ways you could use it in class:
- Have one grid displayed (or written) on the board and the students are in teams, trying to be first to find the correct answers.
- Have the students in teams with different grids competing against the clock (three minutes?). Then they can swap and try each other’s.
Try it and let me know how it goes!
- Heavy: going / smoker / traffic / rain
- Do: something / business / me a favour / your best
- Time: extra / waste / spend / spare
- A pack of: cigarettes / wolves / lies / cards