How to teach English idioms

Call My Bluff

 

From Shelley Ann Vernon

 

Dear Teacher, 

 

Taken from my fun book of activites for teaching teens and adults is Call My Bluff Definitions, a great game for teaching English idioms.

 

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Exciting Adult ESL Activities

 

How To Teach English Idioms with Call My Bluff Definitions

 

Category: Writing, Reading - From simple vocabulary definitions to enriching knowledge of English through metaphors
Level: Beginner to Advanced 
Group size: Any class size
Materials: Enough examples are provided for a class
Preparation: Students prepare definitions for homework

 

Version with English Idioms and metaphors for advanced students

 

Students choose a metaphor or expression and give three definitions of the meaning, two fake and one true. This is an enriching exercise. You have the option of distributing these out to the students, one or two per student, and letting them research the meaning for homework or giving students a free reign to find their own metaphor or expression.

 

Students listen to the definitions and decide which the true one is. Once students have heard all three definitions have the students all stand at their desks and listen as the definitions are read out again and this time the students sit down if they think a definition is false and stand if they think it true. You can then easily see who has it correct and you can tell those students to award themselves a point if correct. Ideally you can give the preparation task as homework so as not to use class time for the research. Note you may also do two fake answers and one true one for variety.

 

Airhead                        Someone who is disorganised or a bit stupid

                                    A head with a huge amount of hair

                                    A capsule that prevents air coming out of a bicycle tire

 

Road hog                     An aggressive drive who takes over the road

                                    A hog that has been run over

                                    A type of pig that uses roads to migrate

 

Rug rat                         A child

                                    A rat with a lot of fur

                                    A pet rat

 

Couch potato                A slob who spends all day watching TV

                                    A dish made of layers of cheese and potato

                                    A potato with a long flat shape

 

An old flame                 An ex-girl or boyfriend

                                    A fire that has nearly gone out

                                    The name given to the flame lit at the Olympics

 

A warm reception          When someone is welcoming

                                    A party given in a warm room

                                    A wedding reception with a lot of guests

Enjoy!

 

Kind regards

Shelley Ann Vernon 
Teaching English Games

 

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