Orientation Express 4 Mastering language: Vocabulary

Man in business suit walking on a beach
Context matters—would you wear a business suit at the beach?

Reach mastery of English. Not just knowing and understanding English, but using and commanding it. You'll look at three related courses focusing on natural English.


When have you finished learning a word?

Warm Up: 

Can you tell your teacher what egg means?


After understanding and using target language, keep working until you gain mastery over it. That means understanding the nuance, common usage, and context around it, then practicing until you can use it effortlessly. 

Below is a selection of three courses. Work on acquiring and mastering new words and phrases.

A. Vocabulary 

Read the following from the Business Vocabulary textbook.

B. Collocations 

  • How do you learn collocations?
  • Can you find collocations in A, above?

C. Idioms

Finally, consider the Idioms below. What's the difference between a collocation and an idiom? Why use idioms?

Match the idiom with the correct picture and explain how the visual relates to the idea of the idiom.

  1. be snowed under—have a lot of work to do.

  2. burn the candle at both ends—go to bed late and get up early.




Now, use the idioms to talk about your life.


Gain the confidence to use new words outside the lesson by practising them in realistic situations. 

Choose your output language

  1. Look back and choose 4 or 5 words, collocations or idioms you want to produce. 
  2. Think about topics you might use that language to discuss.
  3. Have a short chat with your teacher using that language. Don't forget to be collaborative—ask questions, offer information and treat your teacher as you would a colleague or friend. 


This lesson was about connecting new language to situations, phrases, and ideas. You learned new vocabulary, collocations and idioms using specialized courses.

Do you have enough words, phrases and collocations to meet your goals? Briefly discuss how these courses would meet your English needs.


  1. Consider your previous lessons and reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. 
  2. Look through the course list on the course page.
  3. Write homework: make an argument using powerful vocabulary and collocations about which course is best for you to study.