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3 Ideas to Teach Funny English Idioms in EFL

3 Ideas to Teach Funny English Idioms in EFL | ITTT | TEFL Blog

Idioms are great yet a challenging material to teach as they usually are culturally and stylistically influenced. Another problem is choosing a suitable idiom to teach different groups of students.

In this blog post, we share ten fun English idioms and three ideas to teach these English indioms in your EFL classroom.

1. Literal and Figurative Meaning

To help students understand the meaning of an idiom and to help remember it fast, offer them a visual presentation. Draw the literal meaning of the idiom on one side of the sheet (what it sounds like it means) and the figurative meaning on the other side (what it actually means). If you don’t feel like drawing, use popular memes.

This activity can be used with any idioms that have a clear literal and figurative meaning.

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For example:

  • To Have Van Gaugh’s Ear For Music
  • The Lights Are On, But Nobody’s Home
  • To Put a Sock in It
  • Finger Licking Good

Also Read: 7 Tips To Become Grammar-Savvy

2. Mentor Texts

If you haven’t heard of mentor texts yet, it’s the right to learn about it and start using them in your teaching. Basically, mentor texts can be any texts for comprehensive reading to help students learn vocabulary, patterns and other linguistic points in a natural unconscious way.

There are many great story books focused on idioms as well.

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For example:

  • “Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries” by Vanita Oelschlager
  • “Raining Cats and Dogs” by Will Moses
  • “Butterflies in my Stomach” by Serge Bloch

Also Read: 5 Great No-Prep Games to Teach New Idioms

3. Online Games

To enhance your real-time classes or make online lessons more fun, use online activities related to your teaching point. In the case of idioms, you can create your own games with resources such as WordWall or LearningApps.

For example:

  • Matching idioms with their meaning
  • Concentration game
  • Task cards
  • Act out

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All of the activities mentioned above can be successfully used with any language point. Be creative and try them out to see which work best for your EFL classroom.

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