Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Vol. 6 No. 1. March 2015                                          Pp. 68-82

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 Collocational Competence in English Language Teaching: An Overview 

Dina Abdel Salam El-Dakhs
English Department, Prince Sultan University
Saudi Arabia

Despite its prime importance for language proficiency, collocational competence is one of the most neglected areas in vocabulary studies and second language teaching/learning. This negligence is the underlying motive for writing the present paper. Hence, the paper aims at raising awareness of the importance of this significant dimension of vocabulary knowledge and presenting a well-rounded view of this lexical phenomenon. To this end, the paper gives a brief introduction to the topic, and offers an overview of relevant definitions and classifications. This is followed by a summary of the importance of teaching/learning collocations, and a list of relevant lines of research in collocation studies. The last part presents a number of recommended activities that English language instructors can implement in their classroom. The paper is thus helpful to both researchers and language instructors as it sheds the light on pertinent areas for research and recommends useful activities for teaching collocations.
 Keywords: collocational, competence, English language teaching, lexical competence, second language learning, vocabulary studies,

Cite as: El-Dakhs, D. A. (2015). Collocational Competence in English Language Teaching: An Overview. Arab World English Journal, 8 (1).



Dr. Dina AbdelSalam El-Dakhs is currently the Director of the Research & Translation Center
at Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia. She is also an assistant professor at the English
Department. She has extensive teaching, coordination and training experience in Applied
Linguistics and TESOL. Her research interests lie in Second Language Acquisition,
Psycholinguistics and TESOL.