With this ESL worksheet, students will learn 12 idioms they can use to talk about learning and education and will practise them with various speaking activities.
The first activity introduces 6 idioms (hit the books, pull an all-nighter, play truant, rack one’s brain, draw a blank, It’s all Greek to me). Students work out their meaning from 6 short dialogues and then match the idioms to their meanings. As a practice exercise, students use 6 questions, each containing an idiom, to start a conversation with a partner.
With the next activity, students learn 6 more idioms (daydream, know by heart, teacher’s pet, with flying colours, cover a lot of ground, a cheat sheet) by matching sentences with similar meanings. To practise, students are given 3 photos. They have to describe the photos using different idioms and then relate the photos to their personal experiences. the next activity tests students’ knowledge of the idioms from this lesson – they need to rewrite the sentences given. The last activity is a role-play speaking activity: students are given 3 situations and in pairs or small groups they are asked to create dialogues.
This worksheet will work great in combination with a lesson related to education, learning and school.
Vocabulary: expressions about minority languages (endangered languages, language revitalization, cultural heritage bilingual education)
Video: “Why do languages die?”
Speaking: conversation questions, brainstorming
B1 / B2
Education, Social issues
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