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Idioms: ambition

Worksheet overview

This worksheet is dedicated to 12 idioms that are used when talking about ambition, working towards your goals and achieving them.
The first activity introduces 6 idioms (go the extra mile, blood, sweat and tears, eager beaver, explore all avenues, beyond your wildest dreams, at all costs). Students work out their meaning from the sentences given and then match the idioms to their meanings. As a practice exercise, students work in pairs and use the questions given as conversation starters.
Next, students learn 6 more idioms (go to great lengths, going places, to have your heart set on something, waiting in the wings, the sky is the limit) by replacing a part of a sentence with the correct idiom. To practise, students complete a few sentences with their personal experiences and opinions and talk to a partner about them.
To test their knowledge about all 12 idioms, students complete a multiple-choice activity.
The last activity introduces 2 role-play scenarios. Students are asked to complete them in pairs, using as many idioms from this lesson as possible.
This ESL worksheet, together with the conversation cards can be used in various classes in order to practise these ambition-related idioms.
It would work great as an addition to a business lesson about ambition, competition and personal and professional goals.


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