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Fun with Idioms

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I used this activity for advanced level high school students and it worked great. First, make a list of idioms the students are unlikely to know (for example: "Over my dead body", "Bite the bullet", "Cut it out" etc.). Write each phrase on a small piece of paper. Divide your class into teams of two and have each team pick one piece of paper. The students then write a short dialogue using their phrase. Have them perform their dialogues and then explain the real meaning of the idiom. It's entertaining for students and teacher to hear how the idioms are used (usually incorrectly).

Name: Curt VandenBosch
Email: curtvb@uriel.net
Location: Seoul, Korea

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