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Collocations in Academic English

Activities focusing on understanding, finding, and using collocations in academic English (Written for Wordlink)

Tourism communication activity

A communication activity for students who are learning English for a career in tourism.

Descriptions and attitudes

A set of activities to practise descriptions and giving opinions, taken from International Express.


This activity has been taken from Listen and Do, part of the Oxford Basics for Children series, and helps young learners practise a set of words they are familiar with.

Reward and remuneration

Try this activity from English for Human Resources, the ideal quick course for HR and recruitment professionals who need English for their jobs.

What do I spy?

This activity has been taken from Vocabulary Activities, part of the Oxford Basics for Children series, and is intended for young learners age 7-12.

Dictionary activities: Practising pronunciation

Using a learner's dictionary for practising pronunciation.

Dictionary skills lesson (Collocations)

A dictionary skills lesson focusing on collocations.


Taken from Essential Business Grammar & Practice this activity is ideal for general reference, self study, and practice in the classroom.

Open Access

In this article, we look at free academic resources: courseware, course creation software, and ways of accessing books and periodicals.

Leisure Activities Grammar

A ready-to-use grammar activity that will get students asking each other questions.

Train Times

A ready-to-use listening and speaking activity that gets students working in pairs to ask each other questions.

Social Bookmarking

Using social bookmarking sites to find resources for the English language teacher by Diana Eastment.

Word Linking

A ready-to-use lesson plan that practises word linking and intonation in questions and statements which use the present simple, yes/no questions, imperatives, and will.

Noisy Neighbours

Get your students to rehearse and perform a sketch.

Find your answer

Improve listening and memory skills with this simple trial and error game.

Language Quests

Unleash the power of the Internet for English language learners with through these versions of Web Quests.

Arranging meetings

A writing lesson for Business English students.

Football Star

A fun class activity based around popular culture

Holidays Around the World

A web search activity for young learners

Two Red Socks

A picture cards activity for young learners

The Common European Framework? We don't need bureaucrats to tell us how to teach!

Frank Heyworth explains why he opposes the motion 'The Common European Framework? We don't need bureaucrats to tell us how to teach!'

How English Works

Improve your written and spoken English with this second set of activities from How English Works.

Story writing

The purpose of this activity is to encourage children to write short, cohesive stories that are creative and full of imagination.


Try this Reading and Listening task on 'Sport' taken from Oxford Exam Excellence, suitable for secondary school students preparing for examinations in English.

Stardust starter

Why not try this starter lesson from Stardust to see if your student's enjoy an inter-galactic adventure.

The customer journey

Improve your customer service techniques with this activity adapted from English for Specific Purposes.


Find out how to create blogs and how to use them in your teaching.

Tips on learning phrasal verbs

Useful suggestions on helping students to record and organize phrasal verbs to make learning easier.

Emphatic 'do'

Activities practising using 'do' to emphasise a sentence.

Internet Basics

A guide to using the Internet with young learners.

Introduction to project work

Find out what benefits project work brings, and how to introduce it into the classroom.

His car is his kitchen

An entertaining and surprising story with activities to help your students build their vocabulary.

Writing an essay

Useful tips on how to plan and write essays and reports.

Education in Britain crossword

A crossword which reviews vocabulary related to the education system in Britain.


A pair game for young learners to practise simple past sentences.

Third conditional story

This fun activity provides the opportunity for students to develop an understanding of the third conditional.

Creating class stories

A group writing activity.

Buildings and Homes

Students can test their vocabulary with this unit from Test It, Fix It.

Countable and uncountable nouns

Grammar practice exercises.

Writing an informal letter: saying thank you

A writing lesson for Intermediate students.

'The bus won't go' story and activity

An activity aimed at developing children's listening and interaction skills through the use of storytelling.

Where and when?

In this film-based activity students watch a film clip and discuss the setting.

Company formation: writing effective legal letters

An activity aimed at increasing students' understanding of law in the work environment; includes example letters and practice questions.

Class records

A grammar practice exercise with a personal focus.

Irregular past tense bingo

A grammar and pronunciation game.

Time Puzzle

This fluency game practises the vocabulary of travel and telling the time in English.

Fun Christmas crafts

Fun activities for young learners.

Finger puppets

Templates for children to cut out and make their own finger puppets, plus ideas for using the puppets in lessons.

Rises and falls

A lesson which practises verbs to describe upward and downward movements, taken from Tech Talk.

Listen and mime

An enjoyable classroom activity for primary children using mime.

The past continuous and past time clauses

A complete lesson plan with Teacher's Notes.

Verb patterns: gerunds and infinitives

Worksheets to practise the gerund and infinitive form.

Food flashcards

A set of 24 illustrated food flashcards.

Easter board game

A fun board game which children will love.

Cat and mouse story and activities

Communicative activities based on a picture story of a cat and a mouse.

Comparatives word grid

A 5-minute activity to practise comparatives.


A fun activity for young learners.

Clothing flashcards

A set of 12 illustrated clothing flashcards in colour or black and white.

How English Works

Improve your written and spoken English with these activities from How English Works.

Family life

Try this writing and speaking task on 'Family life'.

Life Changes

Try this stimulating activity from Engage. The material encourages students to truly 'engage' with the process of learning English.

Some more phrasal verbs for business

Help your students learn two phrasal verbs commonly used in business with these downloadable study pages.

Making greeting cards — read and draw

The activity is for children aged 6-8 and allows them to develop their reading skills from following a set of instructions.

Relative pronouns and numbers

Taken from Essential Business Grammar & Practice these activities are ideal for general reference, self study, and practice in the classroom.

CEFR in Primary

The CEFR is learner centred, promotes learner autonomy, and places an emphasis on self-assessment and the concept of life long learning.

Teaching Listening: From Comprehension to Acquisition

Teaching Listening: From Comprehension to Acquisition Professor Jack C. Richards examines the two functions of listening in language learning: listening as comprehension and listening as acquisition.

Understanding the Common European Framework

Make sense of the CEF with this practical introduction.

Feelings and emotions

Useful study pages listing common idioms to describe feelings and emotions.

Setting up your own business

A skills lesson for business English students.

Pay and benefits

A self-study vocabulary lesson for Business English students.

Phrasal verbs: understanding particles

How knowing the meaning of particles can help students learn and understand phrasal verbs.

Verb and noun collocations

This lesson presents and practises 16 common verb + noun collocations related to business.


Try this activity from English for Life, conversation practise on the topic of places and saying where people are.

Word games

Word games are very popular with children and there are hundreds of them. Here are some favourite ones.

All Ears

Download this study page taken from the new edition of the Oxford Idioms Dictionary for learners of English.

The other side

Try this stimulating activity from Engage. The material encourages students to truly 'engage' with the process of learning English.

Reason To Write: What's in a name?

Writing in one's own language is difficult enough. Imagine how much more daunting a task it is for students to write in a second language.

Present simple or present continous

This business grammar activity is ideal for general reference, self study, and practice in the class.

More phrasal verbs for business

Help your students learn two phrasal verbs commonly used in business with these downloadable study pages.

Food and Drink

With these activities we hope to develop learners' awareness of culture - their own and others - and their ability to describe and discuss similarities, differences and areas of interest that they discover.

Flags and Festivals

With these activities we hope to develop learners' awareness of culture - their own and others - and their ability to describe and discuss similarities, differences and areas of interest that they discover.

Times and Dates

Practise using the date and time.

Uncountable nouns

This exercise concentrates on mistakes commonly made by learners.


The Oxford Essential Dictionary helps you learn the most important words and how to use them.

Test your knowledge of adjectives and adverbs

How well do you know your adjectives and adverbs.

Everyday Life

Taken from Test it, Fix it Vocabulary, this exercise will concentrate on vocabulary used in everyday life.

The Importance of Practice

We learn when we practise and the more we practise the better we learn.

Making appointments

Keep your class on their toes with these dates, times and appointments exercises.

Eating out

Improve your 'eating out' vocabulary with this exercise taken from Test it, Fix it Vocabulary.


A Listen and Do activity introducing the alphabet and colours to a childs vocabulary.

Preparing and working with lesson plans

Planning is useful, before we teach a lesson we need to decide what the goals or aims of the lesson are.

Phrasal verbs for business

Help your students learn three phrasal verbs commonly used in business with these downloadable study pages.

It's the Bee's Knees

Try the following exercise to help you be 'top dog' at animal idioms!

Flying out

The teaching points for this exercise are saying the time, distance & frequency, plane travel and cardinal numbers.

Putting the right words together: helping learners with collocation

Why teach collocation? Getting the right combination of words is a challenge, some can perhaps be predicted, others simply have to be learned.

Bob's job

A lesson plan to present and practise 14 compound words related to jobs.

Business one:one - Hints & activities

Choose what to learn, choose how to learn, with Business one:one. The first course written specifically for one-to-one teaching.

Clarifying CLIL

Nina Lauder discusses the benefits of CLIL in the classroom.

The challenge of mixed abilities

Norman Whitney, author of Star Team, offers practical advice for dealing with the challenges of mixed abilities.

Class monster

A fun way to revise vocabulary for very young learners.

The magic of fun and play

Why Derek Strange, author of New Chatterbox, favours a 'seriously fun' approach to teaching children.

Tips for teaching business English

Tips for making the transition from teaching general to business English an enjoyable one.

Getting students into groups and pairs

These two fun activities can be used to encourage students to participate, and interact with one another in the classroom.

What if...

A creative story-making activity which encourages confidence and fluency in spoken and written English.

Little but often - pronunciation can be fun

Fun pronunciation games and activities.

Business English dictionaries: do we need them?

How specialist English dictionaries can be helpful for both teachers and students.

How computer games help children learn English

Find out about the benefits of educational computer games.

Making more memorable speeches

Teach your students some rhetorical tricks which they can put into practice when participating in a debate or giving a presentation.


Jon Naunton, author of ProFile, offers practical tips and ideas about how you can help your students become better presenters.

Learning and teaching English: speaking

Develop your expertise in teaching English with this self-study guide to teaching the speaking skill.

Wakening grammar awareness in young learners

Jennifer Seidl addresses the importance of grammar awareness.

Dictionaries: 2. Introducing new vocabulary

Activities to encourage your students to use dictionaries.

Dictionary activities: Expanding vocabulary

Ways a dictionary can be used to increase students' vocabulary.

Dictionaries: 1. Getting started with dictionaries

Ideas and activities to familiarize your students with monolingual dictionaries.

Dictionaries: 3. Choosing the right word

Activities focusing on the help a dictionary gives to choose the correct word.

Meaning through action

This activity helps students to develop their understanding of grammar structure.

Helping learners with natural language in the classroom

Suggestions about how to empower learners with natural language, ideal for real-life EFL communication.

It's a fascinating read - but it could turn you into a culture vulture!

Find out what's in (and what's out) of the latest edition of the Oxford Guide to British and American Culture.

Young hero

A communicative grammar dictation activity, helping students' understanding and use of past tenses.

December 10th - International Human Rights Day

Activities to encourage students to think about and discuss human rights.

Question tags

Useful information about forming and using question tags, taken from Practical English Usage Third Edition.

November 25th - International Day for the Eradication of Gender Violence

A lesson which encourages discussion and critical thinking.

Find out about me

An activity which practises 'Yes/No' questions.

Teaching oral communication skills

In this article Jack C. Richards outlines what is involved in the teaching of oral communication.

What is happening in English?

Michael Swan considers how and why the English language is changing.

How learner's dictionaries can help students develop a more natural command of English

How reference skills can help students express themselves naturally.

Intercultural business communication

An extract from Intercultural Business Communication focusing on non-verbal communication.

Lesson plan - Prepositions

A prepositions lesson plan using Oxford Learner's Grammar resources.

October 17th - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

A lesson plan focusing on poverty in the world to encourage discussion and critical thinking.

Second Thoughts on Teaching Listening

An article exploring the teaching of second language listening, by Jack C. Richards.

The language of headlines

Find out about the special rules of grammar and common vocabulary used in newspaper headlines.

September 21st - International Day of Peace

A lesson plan focusing on the International Day of Peace to encourage discussion and thinking about real-world issues.

Towards a framework for teaching spoken grammar

This article outlines an approach to teaching native-speaker spoken grammar.

My grammar problem

A learner-based activity, helping students to teach themselves, and each other, about grammar points they find difficult.

Checking written work

Four activities giving students practice in checking their written work.

Helping students to move from intensive to extensive reading

Tips on how you can help your students progress to 'extensive' reading.

The Common European Framework? We don't need bureaucrats to tell us what to teach!

Find out why Kari Smith agrees with the proposition: 'The Common European Framework: We don't need bureaucrats to tell us what to teach!'

Changing perspectives in the teaching of reading and writing

How the teaching of reading and writing is changing to keep up with our changing world.

Tips for writing business emails part 2

An article on teaching students how to write business emails, focusing on levels of formality and typical phrases.

Art and crafts

Creative activities for young children.

Guardian Weekly series: The task-based approach: some questions and suggestions

This article looks at the broader definition of 'task-based approach'.

Guardian Weekly series: The end of CLT: a context approach to language teaching

This article argues that it is time to replace CLT with a Context Approach.

Key concept: Register

Investigations into 'register': using different language in different situations.

Key concept: Classroom research

Read about the rationale behind classroom research, and some practical ways of implementing it.

Solving problems with fluency: part 1

An article exploring the uses and benefits of fluency activities, and problems are associated with fluency.

How to help your students remember

Ideas for helping learners remember what you teach them.

Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat song worksheets

Informative worksheets based around the nursery rhyme Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat.

Speaking activities

Two simple yet effective speaking activities.

Key concept: Tasks and teaching

A focus on the characteristics of different types of task, and the pedagogic implications of tasks.

Guardian Weekly series: Popular culture, methods, and context

Jeremy Harmer's response to Stephen Bax's article 'The end of CLT'.

Using video with business English students

Suggestions about using video on business English courses.

Flashcard games

Ten simple ideas for using flashcards to present or revise vocabulary.

Comic strip stories

A writing activity for children.

A short history of English Language Teaching

Find out about the important phases in the history of ELT.

The use of Readers in the EFL classroom

The benefits of encouraging students to read.

Word games

Fun word games to try out with your students.

Teaching pre-intermediate students

Tips for teaching pre-intermediate level students.

The what and why of a lexical approach to grammar

Find out why a lexical approach is a natural way to learn grammar.

Success in Lesson Planning

Suggestions about how to produce an effective lesson plan.

Tips for using pictures in student-centered instruction

Teaching ideas for using pictures as an instructional tool.

Key concept: Schemas in ELT

The role of schemas in language teaching.

Using plays in class

The benefits of using plays in class, with suggestions for practical tasks.

Key concept: Scaffolding

Find out what 'scaffolding' is, and what it means for you in your work.

Role play

Students are given conflicting attitudes to a topic in this activity.

Key concept: Pragmatics

What impact has pragmatics had on language teaching?

Listening to English: comparing young learners and very young learners

Practical tips on how to devise effective listening activities for your young learners and very young learners.

The power of picture books

Discover the basics of incorporating picture books into the young learners' classroom.

How to teach listening

A downloadable natural English Teacher Development chapter.

What makes a good reader?

Find out the definition of a 'good graded reader'.

Fun with rhymes

Two rhymes with actions for children aged 3 to 6.

The role of graded readers in a language course

Find out why graded readers are such a valuable resource in language learning and teaching.

Language students as letter writers

A range of letter writing activities.

Confusing words

A series of lesson plans to explain words that look alike, sound alike or seem alike.

'The little white cat' story and activities

A story for the primary classroom, with full instructions for accompanying activities.

Internet activity

A fun and educational web-based activity for young learners.

Musical footnotes

'Music and movement' games for young learners.

From word to phrase to sentence: a new approach to teaching grammar (Part 2)

Discover why we should focus on teaching the most frequent words in English.

Seven types of story-based activities

Retelling stories in class: seven types of activities that show what you can do.

Arguing for words

A dictionary activity which encourages lots of discussion.

Teaching adult beginners

This article looks at what adult beginners expect from their English course.

Dating customs

A ready-to-use culture activity that will provide plenty of entertainment for your students.

Adding words to a story

Give your students an opportunity to start writing creatively.

Dictionaries as a teaching resource

Ideas for making the dictionary a primary source of interaction.

Guardian Weekly series: Discovery listening - improving perceptual processing

This article describes a listening technique based on word recognition.

Solving problems with fluency: part 2

Discover how to increase the benefits and reduce the problems related to fluency activities.

Easy vocabulary revision exercises

Activities to use any time your students need to revise words and phrases.

Implementing task-based learning with young learners

This article analyses themes relevant to the classroom implementation of task-based learning.

Interview with the author of Potato Pals

Patrick Jackson talks about the making of his new series of stories for young children.

Improving your students' listening skills

Some areas worth thinking about when teaching listening.

Key concept: Noticing

Find out why 'noticing' is an important tool in English language learning.

Introduction to Children's Jazz Chants Old and New

Suggestions about how to use chants and songs in class.

Adults are people too

Three suggestions for helping adult students get the most out of your classes.

From word to phrase to sentence: a new approach to teaching grammar (Part 1)

Discover why we should focus on teaching the most frequent words in English.

Teach language through poetry

Two lesson ideas to give students the opportunity to say something original, while practising new language.

Improving your students' reading skills

Strategies to train students how to read.

Key concept: Project work

Looking at the interpretation of 'project work'.

Guardian Weekly series: Negotiating the syllabus: a win-win situation?

This article examines some of the issues that arise when two disparate cultures of learning engage with each other.

The Common European Framework: 'For' and 'Against'

Read the summary of the points raised at the recent ELT Journal/IATEFL Debate.

Key concept: Fluency

An overview of the communicative approach to language teaching.

Key concept: Learner strategies

Find out about 'learner strategies': an area of ELT which has been much explored in the last decade.

Key concept: Learner training

An overview of learner training past and present.

Tips for writing business emails (Part 1)

Useful tips for teaching students how to write business emails.

Headway authors awarded MBEs Press release

Liz and John Soars, authors of Headway, the world-famous English language course published by Oxford University Press, received MBEs from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.