Collocation in English Words
Back to collocation, in my schools (actually I wanna say, "in our schools,") I never heard or learned about collocation before. I believe Thai students (I mean from my environment) are famous at memorizing. In classroom, we learned English as a pirot learns to imitate humans’ voice. Many tons of English words were taught. We learned them one by one, not learn them from sentence. When we use them to build up a sentence, then our sentences become weird. Then, what is collocation? Collocation, in linguistics, is the way that some words occur regularly whenever another word is used (definition from Collin COBUILD), for example, we say "have dinner" not "have water". So, when we talk about collocation of vocabulary, it means we talk about word chunks, not a single word.
Learning English and its collocation helps learners develop English proficiency. Learners’ sentences ultimately are grammartically correct, meaningful and not weird.