Drew Bassett Drew Bassett

Upper-Intermediate level


This lesson will cover vocabulary and lexical terms in the forms of English idioms in the context of the body.


Main Aims

  • To provide practice, clarification and review of common English idioms in the context of body parts

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation and use of English idioms in the context of body parts


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Start the lesson with a lead-in asking if students know what an idiom is? I will then ask for some common Turkish idioms. One of my favorites being, (English translation: Where there is free stuff, stay there"). I will talk about how languages and cultures all over the world have idioms and sayings, and that in order to better understand a language it is very useful to understand the idioms.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of the task and highlight useful words and phrases

During this part of the lesson, I will show a power point presentation in order to expose the students to the language. I want this to be cognitively challenging as I will show an image or illustration, and then after having them guess the actual idiom, try to guess its literal meaning.

Task (8-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

During this activity, students will match the definitions with the correct target language (the idioms). Students will check their answers on their own and discuss any ones that they missed with a partner.

Language Analysis (10-12 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the task language

Students will be given a strip of paper with either 1. a statement or 2. an idiom. The students are to get up and find their "match", or the person with the corresponding idiom and/or statement to theirs. We will then have the students line up and share each set out loud, correcting any that may be need to be rearranged.

Language Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with practice of the task language

At this point in the lesson, students will sit down with new partners and look at idioms involving body parts in which they will need to use inference and context clues to come up with the real meanings of the underlined idioms. We will then share the predictions and answers as a class.

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