English as a Second Language/idioms or collocation?


Hi :)
In your opinion, what do you think would be more beneficial to teach international academic students, idioms or collocation? and why do you think that is?

Hello Amirah!

Sorry for the delay!

This is a very easy one for me: collocation collocation collocation!!

The reason is simple: idioms are much more narrow in usage - once you learn one idiom, it helps very little (or not at all) with future idioms.  But collocations have immensely expansive uses.  Collocations are necessary regardless of the domain, context or topic, and can be apply to many different ones.  They are the essential ingredient to actually communicating.  A second language learner can get by just fine without idioms, but without learning about collocation, it can be very difficult.

I realize that's a pretty rough explanation, but I hope it makes sense.  Please feel free to send a follow up if you have any further questions.  :)

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I can answer pretty much any question a student might have about English; about grammar, vocabulary, meanings of words, phrases, expressions or idioms, pronunciation, etc. I can answer questions about how to learn or study English better, how to improve certain aspects of communication (listening, writing, speaking, etc), about why we have certain rules.


I've been teaching English in Japan, mainly as a private (one-to-one) teacher, but also at companies such as Universal Studios or international airports. I have taught professional interpreters and translators and I have also taught students who dropped out of high school and never learned any English. Several years ago I acquired the CELTA and I have been running my own classroom for the past year.

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I currently have approximately 40 individual students with whom I work one on one. I have also worked with local manufacturing companies, colleges, local retailers, as well as Sharp, Universal Studios, Itami International Airport, Kobe International Airport

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