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TLW ~ Basic English ~ Vocabulary for Speaking

~ Contents ~ Vocabulary ~ Topic 17 ~ Idioms One ~

Section One: Definition and Matching ~ Print (Sections 1 and 2)



Idioms are common words or phrases which mean something different from what you read

in the dictionary. They are the part of  language that expresses the creative aspect of our nature.


Also, they usually belong to a large language community (a region or country).


As you will see, they doní»t make sense without being in a sentence. They need to be related

to what is said within a conversation. This is the context or the who, where, when, and why

of what is being communicated. They appear to be the í░jokersí▒ in all forms of communication.


~ Match the idioms with their meanings below:


1) once in a blue moon


2) hit the sack


3) pay through the nose 


4) get in hot water 


5) bark up the wrong tree


6) spill the beans


7) chicken out 


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A) to pay too much for something


B) not doing a thing, because of fear


C) to get into trouble


D) something that you rarely do or that seldom happens


E) to choose the wrong course or action


F) to go to bed


G) to tell a secret


Section Two: Examples ~ Discuss the content  (related to 1~7 above)


1) I eat at fast food burger joints once in a blue moon.


2) I always hit the sack after midnight on weekends.


3) My father had to pay through the nose for his surgery.


4) My co-worker got in hot water for texting on the job.


5) My spouse was barking up the wrong tree, accusing me of spending too much.


6) My foolish friend spilled the beans about my surprise birthday party.


7) My timid friend chickened out when we lined up at the roller coaster.

Links:   1) Wiki idioms    2) English Idioms     3) Common Proverbs    4) World Proverbs   

How to Make a Lesson ~ Procedures


1)   To begin with, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, talk about structure, then match the items.

2)   After that, talk about the examples in the second section. Create discussion questions.

3)   Next, select and answer any of the questions in your own way in section three.

4)   Include as many students as possible. Endeavor to create a discussion. Then follow up.


Section Three: Vocabulary ~ Idioms One ~ Questions ~ Print (Section 3)


1) What do you enjoy doing once in a blue moon? Tell.

(What do you enjoy doing only once in a while? Tell.)




2) What time do you usually hit the sack on weekends? Describe.

(What time do you usually got bed on weekends? Describe.)




3) Have you ever had to pay through the nose for something? What?

(Have you ever had to pay more than you wanted for something? What?)




4) Do/Did you know someone who tends to get in hot water? Tell.

(Do/Did you know someone who tends to get into trouble? Tell.)




5) Does your spouse or friend ever bark up the wrong tree? Explain.

(Does your spouse or friend ever choose the wrong course or action? Explain.)




6) Is it OK to spill the beans about small things. About what?

(Is it OK to tell secrets about small things. About what?)




7) Have you ever chickened out with your family or friends? When?

(Have you ever declined to act out of fear with your family or friends? When?)




Now: Answer the questions above according to your own experience


Next: Make your own questions related to the idioms and examples presented