Activities to Practise the Use of Idioms

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Teaching Idioms using Web 2.0 Tools

This is a short introduction to teaching idioms and some suggestions for some fun activities to do in class.


Objectives

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • understand the meaning of a group of idioms
  • teach the idioms
  • use a variety of techniques including the use of Web 2.0 tools to make learning more fun



Introduction

What is the meaning of an idiom?

Why teach idioms?


Personalised Examples

The following sentences will introduce idioms that I commonly use with their meanings.



Preknowledge

Think about which e-tools would be suitable for use in teaching idioms. How would you exploit such tools?




Activity

This is a matching activity to practise understanding of the components of the selected idioms.

Click here for an Idioms Matching Activity worksheet made from www.tefl.net






Activity

Personalised sentences.

Complete the following sentences with the correct idiom and then compare with your partner.

  1. I am usually full of beans in the................................................
  2. I remember I had butterflies in my stomach when ..................................
  3. The last time I saw red was ......................................................
  4. I think ...................................................... is a piece of cake.
  5. My favourite icebreaker is .......................................................






Activity

Unjumble the idioms.

Can you unjumble the idiomatic questions which are inside the 2 Wordles? Answer the questions and then compare with your partner.






Web resources: Have a look at the following blogs which have got some excellent ideas for using Wordle:

               A clil to Climb blog
               Life Feast blog
               Joe Dale's blog






Activity

Make a comic strip cartoon of an idiom and then get your students to create their own example.

Web resources: Link to Make Belief Comix

Example 1



Example 2



NB I love the fun cartoons often presented by the English Blog's Jeffrey Hill. This is a lovely example of the idiom "a fat cat".






Activity

Make a film with Xtranormal My Xtranormal Idioms Film will be coming soon!







Activity

Newspaper Generator. Create your own newspaper article incorporating 2-3 idioms.

Web resources: Link to fodey.com

My article: Image:Idioms.jpg







Assignment

Which of the activities would you like to use in the future?

How can you adapt the Web 2.0 tools to suit your particular classroom context?




I hope you have fun experimenting with some of the lesson ideas.

Please feel free to adapt, edit or add your own favourite ways of teaching idioms with Web 2.0 tools. I would love to hear from you.

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