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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?
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In my opinion, your international academic students would benefit more from idioms.
1. The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (1994) by Sylvia Chalker and Edmund Weiner lists the following as idioms:
under the weather, for crying out loud, paint the town red, etc.
2. The same book gives some examples of collocation:
a. the foresight to do it. Not: the foresight of doing it.
b. break off an engagement. Not: discontinue an engagement.
3. That book reminds us that in "some cases there is no very clear distinction between idiom, collocation, and fixed phrase."
4. I think that idioms would really entertain -- and educate -- your students; collocation, on the other hand, might bore them to tears.
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In my opinion, you would save some time if you'd just pick one.
I agree with the others that idioms are more fun. However, collocations are more useful in terms of your students constructing grammatically correct sentences and being able to speak/write without that common marker of being a non-native.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
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Both of them. But in think idioms is more important because it will help your students in paragraph, essays. Because when i was i high school, my teacher took 1 month and a half to teach me abt idioms. I had to learn by heart and be tested many times.
Last edited by emsr2d2; 02-Dec-2014 at 16:27. Reason: Added "not a teacher"
That way of teaching idioms used to be common. Believe it or not I (in England, in a class of native speakers) was exposed to that method (about 55 years ago ).