Words that go together
Elementary level


In this lesson, Ss practise using V-N collocations and compound nouns. They also practise identifying these language items while listening to parts from everyday conversations.



Main Aims

  • To provide review and practice of collocations in the context of daily life.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice listening for specific information in daily life dialogues.


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Play salad fruit using verbs for daily life actions, e.g. if you drink coffe in the morning, change your seats, if you take a bus to come, change your seats, etc. Model/demonstrate activity with three students. Play the game for three minutes.

Highlighting V-N collocations (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Use slips of paper to match nouns to the verbs they collocate with. Ss check in pairs. Display answer key with OHP.

Controlled practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide Ss with an opportunity to use TL in dialogues

Model and demonstrate activity. Let Ss practise with their partners for two minutes.

Preposition review (8-10 minutes) • Practise using prepositions in the context of daily life.

Ss complete the sentences with prepositions then check in pairs. Display answer key with OHP.

Highlight compound nouns (8-10 minutes) • Highlight form and phonlogy of compound nouns

Ss complete matching exercise then practise using compound nouns in a guessing game in groups.E.g. "This is where we can go swimming." "swimming pool"

Recognition of TL in daily dialogues (8-10 minutes) • To provide Ss with listening practice to recognise TL

Ss listen to 4 extracts, decide what the topic is in each, find out what the compound nouns used in the dialogues are and check with a partner.

Listening-speaking • To practise saying TL in context

Having listened to the dialogues, Ss practise them with a partner.

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