Sunday, August 8, 2010

Eye on Idioms - Practice Identifying and Using Idioms

On Friday, I shared a good resource for ESL/ ELL students called Idiom Dictionary. Eye on Idioms hosted by Read Write Think is a good complementary resource that students can use to practice identifying and using idioms. Eye on Idioms presents students with an incomplete sentence that they need to complete by selecting the proper idiom from a drop-down menu. To help student select the correct idiom, Eye on Idioms provides a picture hint. After selecting the correct idiom, Eye on Idioms asks students to answer a couple of short questions about the meaning of the idiom.
















Applications for Education
Eye on Idioms could be a good resource for ESL/ ELL teachers and students. It could also be used by anyone trying to teach a lesson on metaphors because the first follow-up question to identifying the idioms is "what is the metaphorical meaning of the idiom?" If you need to keep a record of students completing the activity you can have them print each page in a printer-friendly format.

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