Strategies for Collocation Learning

Report
Lecture 4
Strategies
for
Collocation Learning
Developed by Yang Ying
2010
Outline
Ways to learn collocations
1. Become aware of collocations
2. Record collocations
3. Memorize your collocations
4. Exhibit what you have learned
5. Make use of resources
1. Becoming Aware of Collocations
Pay more attention to collocations
when
you read newspapers, textbooks, from the
Internet
you watch TV
you listen to radio programs
Be aware of collocation in any forms of
language input
2. Record Collocations

Keep a small collocation notebook

Start a computer file/files to collect
collocations under themes/functions
3. Memorize your collocations
Categorize
 Make associations
 Use visual memory
 Use, Use, Use

4. Exhibit what you have learned

Do collocation reconstruction tasks

Write using collocations collected

Do one round of editing with a focus on collocation use
For a better understanding of the types of exhibition tasks
you can use for collocation learning, go to Lecture Six.
5. Make use of Resources
Online Collocation Dictionary
 http://llohe-ocd.appspot.com/
Cobuild Concordance Sampler
 http://www.collins.co.uk/Corpus/Cor
pusSearch.aspx

For a more detailed introduction on
how these two resources can be
used, go to Lecture Seven.
Review
Ways to learn collocations
1. Become aware of collocations
2. Record collocations
3. Memorize your collocations
4. Exhibit what you have learned
5. Make use of resources
References

Course materials developed for SM3 by Yang Ying

Mather, P & McCarthy, P. (2005). The art of critical reading:
Brushing up on your reading, thinking and study skills. New York:
McGraw-Hill.

Rose, C., & Nicholl, M. J. (1997). Accelerated Learning for the 21st
Century: the Six-Step Plan to Unlock Your MASTER-mind. Dell
Publishing.

Yang, Y. (2009). Towards Language Awareness and Learner
Autonomy in Collocation Learning: Learner Perspectives and
Practices on an “AWARE” Approach. Unpublished Doctorate
thesis. University of Western Australia.

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