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Idioms: family

Worksheet overview


This ESL worksheet is on the topic of idioms related to family. Students will learn and practise 12  idioms and will discuss various topics related to family and family dynamics.

The first 7 idioms (e.g. to run in the family, to follow in someone’s footsteps, to be in someone’s blood) are introduced through a short dialogue. To practise these idioms, students choose the correct word to complete 5 questions, and then discuss the questions in pairs or small groups. 

The rest of the idioms (e.g. skeletons in the closet, black sheep, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree) are introduced through another dialogue. Students read the dialogue and match the phrasal verbs to their definition. 

To practise, students complete 7 statements with the correct idiom, and then discuss the statements in pairs or small groups.

Finally, students are asked to role-play a conversation between a mother and a daughter.

The conversation cards provide further speaking opportunities.

You can combine this lesson with other family, friends or relationship-related lessons.


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