This is a classifying and speaking activity for intermediate + students to practise common collocations with do, make, have and take.


1. To practise and review common collocations with do, make, have and take.


Print out and cut up one set of cards per pair or group of three (Alternatively you can copy the words on post-it notes)


Elicit some example of common collocations with do, make, have and take, and put the examples in clear columns on the board.

Part 1:

  1. Put students in pairs or groups of three, and give one set of cards to each pair or group.
  2. Ask students to put the words into four different categories of words that collocate with: do, make, have and take.
  3. Draw their attention to the fact that some words can collocate with more than just one verb e.g. take / have a shower.
  4. Monitor and provide feedback.

Part 2:

  1. Mix the students and put them into small groups of at least 3 students; ask them to shuffle the cards and put them face down in a pile on the table.
  2. The first player takes the top card from the pile and makes a sentence with the word on the card, e.g. On average I spent 1 hour a day doing my hair; I find it really difficult to make friends, etc.
  3. The other players listen to the sentence and decide if it is correct.
  4. If the sentence is correct the player keeps the card. If the sentence is incorrect the card is placed at the bottom of the pile and the player who identified the mistake has an extra turn and takes the top card from the pile.
  5. Play continues in a circle going left.
  6. The winner is the player with the most cards at the end of the game.



P.S. Massive thank you to my friend Alex. This blog wouldn’t have been possible without your support.

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