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Idioms: entertainment

Worksheet overview

This ESL worksheet is about idioms that are used when talking about different types of entertainment and performances (films, concerts, video games, stand-up comedy, etc.) Students will see the idioms in context and use them to talk about their favourite types of entertainment.
The first 5 idioms (to breathe life into a role, rave reviews, to keep someone on the edge of their seat, to steal the show, to take by storm) are introduced through a review about the film “Skyfall”. Students match the idiom to their definitions and then complete 2 practice activities. First, they complete 5 sentences with the correct idiom and then discuss 5 questions, each including 1 idiom.
The rest of the idioms (e.g. to bring the house down, to put on a good show, to hit the big time, in the limelight, etc.) are included in 2 reviews written by concert-goers. To practise them, students paraphrase 5 sentences, using a suitable idiom.
The last 3 activities are focused on speaking. First, students debate 4 questions given. Then, they match the 2 halves of 4 questions, and discuss them in pairs or small groups. Finally, they role-play 3 situations.
To review the idioms and for further speaking practice, you can use the conversation cards.
You can combine this lesson with other lessons about films, concerts, books, or games.


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