Ellen Hutchby Ellen Hutchby

Know your idioms
All level


Learning about idioms and how to use them.


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Main Aims

  • For them to be able to use simple idioms in conversations

Subsidiary Aims

  • For them to to help them understand the meanings of idioms and how to use them


Warmer/Lead-in (8-10 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Write Idiom? on the board and ask the students to work out what this means, and when you use them. 1. an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements, as kick the bucket or hang one's head, or from the general grammatical rules of a language, as the table round for the round table, and that is not a constituent of a larger expression of like characteristics.

Exposure (10-15 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Get them to think if they know any idioms already. And do they use them in their own language.

Productive task (25-30 minutes) • To get them matching the phrases and meanings

The phrases below will be around the room and they will have to go and match the meaning with each one and stick it on. Once they have done this go around the room with them and talk about each one and hosting you would use it. A penny for your thoughts A way of asking what someone is thinking Actions speak louder than words People's intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say. Add insult to injury To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation. An arm and a leg Very expensive or costly. A large amount of money. At the drop of a hat Meaning: without any hesitation; instantly. Back to the drawing board When an attempt fails and it's time to start all over. Ball is in your court It is up to you to make the next decision or step Barking up the wrong tree Looking in the wrong place. Accusing the wrong person Be glad to see the back of Be happy when a person leaves. Beat around the bush Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue. Best of both worlds Meaning: All the advantages. Best thing since sliced bread A good invention or innovation. A good idea or plan.

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