What do you think most likely goes with these words?
- noodles (n, plural form)
- agonizing (adj.)
Turns out, the words that most often go with them are:
- pot noodle
- agonize over (32), agonizing death (14)
So it’d make more sense to teach “pot noodle” and “agonize over something” than “boiled noodle” and “agonizing itch”, because students are more likely to encounter those expressions.
How to use collocations to teach higher-level vocabulary
I used JTW to pre-teach vocabulary to my highest-level students, who were preparing for a Korean University entrance exam’s English section. Collocation was only one strategy I used, and it’s very effective.
Try it; your students will sound
extra further more natural.