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ESL Worksheets: Money Collocations

Level: Low Intermediate

Objective: practice collocations related to money




1. Brainstorm money-related words and introduce the idea of collocations:


Ask your students to make a list of 5 words related to money, such as fare, fee, budget, account, debt, etc. Write the word ‘money’ (or any other example) in the middle of the board so that you have enough space in front of it. Ask your students a few questions that will allow you to add words to the left of the word ‘money’:


What can people do with the money? (spend, waste, make, earn, win, deposit, withdraw)

What do we call false money? (fake, counterfeit)


Add the elicited words in front of the word ‘money’:


spend/waste/make/earn/win/deposit/withdraw money

fake/counterfeit money                                  


Tell the students that these words collocate, or sound ‘good’ together, and are better remembered in phrases as they are often used in each other’s company.


2. Pair work:


Hand out the worksheet. Students find the word that goes well with the words listed (1-15). Monitor and take the exercise up in the open class.


3. Group work:


Students choose another money related word and come up with ‘company’ words that can be put before or after the assigned word. Monitor and read out loud the combinations students wrote.

Student Worksheet: Money Collocations
  • income
  • transaction
  • refund
  • invest
  • card
  • account
  • joint
  • fare
  • money
  • tax
  • rate
  • loan
  • currency
  • debt
  • budget

1. One can withdraw, deposit, save, keep, owe, spend, or borrow .

2. One can open a checking or saving .

3. One can get into, accumulate, or pay off a/an .

4. One can take out or pay back a/an .

5. can be foreign, stable, or convertible.

6. One can pay low, high, reduced, discounted, or full .

7. One can control, balance, keep within, set, allocate, reduce, or manage a/an .

8. One can their money, proceeds or funds.

9. One can pay, deduct, raise, increase, or reduce .

10. One can get, receive, claim, or refuse a/an .

11. A/An can be net or gross.

12. A/An can be fixed or variable.

13. One can have a credit, debit, or smart .

14. One can process, carry out, or complete a/an .

15. It can be a/an account or tax return.

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