Language Arts Press ESL STUDENTS


"The Word Combination Card is the single most important course material that drives my entire ESL writing class.   It’s so nice to have one set of materials that works for everyone. I am forever grateful for all your hard work in putting this amazing resource together." 

Sarah Strigler
University of Texas at Austin

"The Word Combination Card is a high-quality, affordable resource for vocabulary development that is perfect for my advanced ESL writing students. They often have substantial vocabularies but struggle with how to use words in idiomatic ways, and the card/workbook provides many opportunities for students to practice this skill. Also, since the card is corpus-based, I feel confident that I am exposing my students to language they really need. It has become one of my favorite tools for teaching vocabulary!"

Amy Cook
Bowling Green State University

The Word Combination Card: A Writer’s Reference

The Word Combination Card helps students develop fluency,
precision, and clarity in their academic writing. It is a
clear, full-color guide to core academic sentence patterns
and collocations, and features a FREE downloadable 120-
page Student Workbook. Key features of the Card include:

  • A breakdown of important language patterns: The card covers essential sentence patterns to help students compose topic sentences/thesis statements and express cause-effect, comparison- contrast, exemplification, and other key relationships. The Word Combination Card also includes sections on sentence starters, reporting information, and expressing quantity.
  • An easy-to-follow presentation of high-frequency collocations: Bolded, color-coded collocation patterns and clear examples help students understand and use core academic collocations.
  • A special section on common academic topics: The card provides essential word combinations in content areas such as business and finance, health, education, science and technology, and more. The card helps students learn to use high-frequency academic vocabulary in these and other areas.
  • An explanation of preposition use in academic contexts, featuring an illustrated breakdown of prepositions of place and time, as well as subsections dealing with introducing topics and citing sources.
  • Durable construction: The Word Combination Card is printed on heavy card stock and covered with a thick laminate. The card is 4¼” x 10½” folded and 25” x 10½” stretched out.
  • Value and versatility: The Card converts to a centerpiece writing text with the free downloadable Student Workbook from

Level: Intermediate - Advanced
For classroom and independent study use.