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Offline karenmin

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Various Ways to Teach Idioms (with Kristen Michelson)
« on: March 08, 2012, 02:03:00 PM »
Idioms are one of the most challenging topics for non-native speakers because the meanings are often figurative and hard to grasp at the first glance. So instead of just throwing hundreds of idioms to memorize, we tried to come up with some fun activities to learn and use idioms in context.
First, we begin by explaining what idioms are, why they are important to know, and how idioms are used in different cultures.
Second, we chose an interesting video cliip as a warm-up activity. Prior to showing it to the students, we made a quick matching worksheet so that the students will have a general idea about the story. Then students will write the story in plain English after viewing the video.
Finally, we also prepared a drawing activity for which students will get a piece of paper, fold it in half, draw the picture of the literal meaning on one side and the figurative meaning on the other side. Then we can have the studetns share their drawings and learn together.
 
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Re: Various Ways to Teach Idioms (with Kristen Michelson)
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2012, 01:17:28 PM »
 
First of all, having students draw a literal meaning on one side and the real meaning on the other side seems like a good idea. I enjoyed the activity during  the practice day. However, some of the idioms are difficult to draw, so a careful selection of idioms would be needed.

One of the activities that I previously have done  was to provide students with a list of idioms that are used in our everyday lives and have them either 1) create a story, or 2) write a journal using the idioms provided. For lower-level students of English, it might be a good idea to have them create a sentence for each idiom individual/ in pairs as an in-class activity or as a homework.
 
 
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