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ESL Worksheets: Airport Collocations

Level: Intermediate
Objective: practice collocations related to the airport
1. Brainstorm and introduce the idea of collocations:
Ask your students to make a list of 5 words related to the airport, such as airplane, flight, declaration, luggage, etc. Write ‘an airplane’ in the middle of the board so that you have enough space before and after it.
Using gestures demonstrate an airplane taking off and landing, elicit the verbs from the students and add them to the right of the words ‘an airplane’:
an airplane takes off/ lands
Ask a few additional questions so that more words can be added to the left or to the right of the words ‘an airplane’:
What do passengers do when they get on an airplane? (They board it.)
What do passengers do when they get off an airplane? (They disembark).
What do passengers check on the flight information monitors displayed in the airports, especially if there have been some schedule changes? (arrival and departure times).
Keep adding the elicited words around your main word ‘airplane’:
                          an airplane takes off/ lands
board/disembark    an aiplane
                          an airplane arrival/departure (time)
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 (1-13). Monitor and take the exercise up in the open class.
3. Group work:
Students choose another airport related word and come up with more ‘company’ words that can be put before or after the assigned word. Monitor and read out loud the combinations students wrote.
Student Worksheet: Airport Collocations
  • landing
  • zone
  • hand luggage
  • seat
  • baggage
  • airport
  • safety
  • lounge
  • detector
  • seat belt
  • customs declaration
  • plane
  • flight

1. A/An can land, take off, arrive, or depart.

2. One can fasten, unfasten, adjust, or tighten a/an .

3. One can collect or claim their .

4. One can be offered a window or aisle .

5. One can put, place, or stow their in the overhead compartment.

6. There is a time or no-fly .

7. A/An can be delayed, connecting, or direct.

8. One can arrive at, land at, meet at, or stop at the .

9. There is a departure, airport, arrival or guest .

10. There is a metal, smoke, or motion .

11. One can sign, fill out, or complete a/an .

12. It can be a/an measure, precaution, or feature.

13. It can be a smooth, emergency, or forced .

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