Idioms are key in everyday language. They are simple, short, and condense a ton of meaning. Some are quite straightforward, but some are a bit far-fetched. Students can sometimes have a hard time understanding the idioms and end up hating them.

So, time to bury the hatchet, take the bull by the horns and tackle some ways of making idioms accessible.

Let’s imagine you have to teach “raining cats and dogs“. You can elicit ways of raining, types of storms, and the lot. After having brainstormed the vocabulary items, you can play a short #game of “Find the missing link”: students have to find the link between a cat, a dog, and the items they have previously dealt with. As the idiom crops up, you can provide examples of its use.

As a way of making the idiom even more meaningful, you can tell the students how the idiom appeared. There are great videos on YouTube that explain the origins of idioms. For this one, here you can find a wonderful one.

Including #videos in our lessons is a great way of appealing to all senses and learning styles. Plus, students can check them out on their phones!

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