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Idioms: moving abroad

Worksheet overview

This is a great worksheet to start a conversation about migration, moving and living abroad. Students will learn and practise 12 idioms, and talk about the opportunities and challenges associated with moving abroad. 

The first 6 idioms (e.g. to make a fresh start, to spread your wings, home away from home, to be thrown in the deep end) are introduced through a short text about living abroad. Then, students complete 5 opinions about living abroad with the correct idioms, and then discuss the opinions in pairs or small groups.

Next, the rest of the idioms (e.g. the grass is always greener on the other side, from scratch, to find your feet) are introduced through a short dialogue between a person who has moved abroad and a friend who is still living in their home country. To practise, students paraphrase 5 sentences, using the correct idiom.

The last 2 activities are focused on speaking: First, students discuss 6 questions about living abroad  in pairs or small groups. Then, they are given 3 situations to role-play.

You can use the conversation cards to review the idioms and for further speaking practice.


Teacher’s lesson plan
Student’s worksheet

Student’s interactive PDF

This worksheet works well in combination with the following lesson plans

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