This is an activity inspired by this great post on tefltastic.wordpress.com:
Students must piece together the story of a trip to Japan using dependent prepositions and other fixed expressions to guide them. Download the handout below:
Put students in pairs and give out the handout. Challenge students to put the story back in the correct order. Encourage them to use the prepositions and other collocations to help them.
Show the completed version of the text to check their answers. Deal with the meaning of the different key expressions.
Have students test each other on the different dependent prepositions; one says the verb, the other must recall the preposition.
Give students 5 minutes to write their own travel story using as many of the combinations as they can. Award one point for each correctly used expression and two points for any other impressive expressions and collocations.