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A bad case of the proverbials

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A bad case of the proverbials........

Present the students with a couple of proverbs using, for example, Hangman. e.g. 'Actions speak louder than words' or 'Practice makes perfect'

Make sure they understand what a proverb is!

In groups or pairs get the students to brainstorm as many proverbs as they can think of. Give them about ten minutes for this.

Get feedback on this from the groups and get them to explain what each one means (this could take ages, so you made need to limit the time).

Give students the gap fill exercise, which they can do in pairs. Give them as long as they need, they may need anything between 10 - 20 minutes depending on their level.

Get the students into three groups and ask them to provide explanations for five of the proverbs. Group 1 can concentrate on the first five, Group 2 on the next five and so-on.

Get feedback from the groups and check their understanding, other students might offer alternative meanings.

Still in thier groups ask the students to think of any proverbs in their own language which have the same meaning as those five they have just looked at. Give them only a few minutes for this.

Finally get them (still in thier groups!) to change any of the 15 proverbs around. They could maybe just change the nouns (e.g. Money makes the world go round not Love) or think of completely new ones. Give them a couple of examples to get them started. e.g;

Too many students spoil the lesson!

A bad teacher blames his/her students!

Finally feedback their efforts and, if time, maybe get them to write some up and put them on the wall.

Sheet 2

Proverbs


From the words printed at the bottom of the page can you complete the gaps and make well known English proverbs? (one word is used twice!)


1. A rolling stone gathers no .........
2. Don't cry over spilt .........
3. ......... makes the world go round
4. Make ......... while the sun shines
5. Too many ......... spoil the broth
6. Don't count your ......... before they hatch
7. A bad workman blames his .........
8. Every ......... has a silver lining
9. When in ......... do as the ......... do
10. The early ......... catches the .........
11. Look before you .........
12. Don't make a ......... out of a molehill
13. The more you ......... the more you .........
14. Save for a rainy.........
15. Don't put all your ......... in one .........


cooks, milk, tools, hay, basket, Rome, bird, leap, chickens, mountain, love, worm, moss, have, day, want, cloud, eggs

From Phil Mason, London School, Prague. phil50mason@yahoo.com

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