Are You a Fish Out of Water? Learning English Idioms
In this lesson, students consider the difficulties that English presents for the language learner. They then interview non-native English-language learners to learn about these struggles and to develop a deeper notion of their own linguistic challenges and how culture infuses language.
Practice with English idioms related to the animals of the Chinese zodiac.
A wealth of materials focusing on American usage, including slang and cultural materials. Message boards, chat room, movie reviews with built-in language lessons, free newsletter -- this site is very professional and very useful.
An extensive, interactive site for both students and teachers, including jokes that will "translate."
This extensive site offers audio-enabled idiom lessons and a quiz, along with a free email trial, links, jokes and an art gallery.
Get the Ball Rolling: Fun With English-Language Idioms
Using children's books by Fred Gwynne and/or a list provided on this site, students consider multiple meanings of English-language idioms.
Homographs, homonyms, homophones, and words with multiple meanings
A variety of resources.
The Idiom Connection
Idioms are arranged alphabetically and by category. Visitors to the site can check their understanding with a self-checking quiz.
Idioms--Definitions and Examples
Definitions and examples are organized alphabetically.
It's an Idiom!
Students match the idiom with its meaning. Adobe Reader required; 1 page.
Learning Idioms in ESL
Students will use the Visual Thesaurus to assist them in figuring out the meanings of some common English language idioms. Students will then create visual images to present their assigned idioms to the class, demonstrating how idioms can be interpreted both figuratively and literally.
Niu Year English
Practice with idioms related to cows and beef. Includes an online quiz.
Santa's Chimney Pot Challenge
Practice English idioms related to holiday traditions with this online game.
Speak, Read, Write
Idioms discussed by category, short stories, and information about finding ESL tutors.
Practice with 30 English words and phrases related to love.
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