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Topic: Idioms in a Business Situation
Age: 18 years +
Length: 45 minutes
TESOL Methodology: Eclectic Approach/Student-Centred approach, game, pair work, discussion, worksheets, handouts
Language Skills: Listening, Writing, Reading, Speaking
Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to understand what a set number of business idioms mean as well as be able to remember them.
Resources: Handouts (List of Idioms for International Business, List of Meanings & example sentences), whiteboard & whiteboard markers/blackboard & chalk/Butcher’s paper and textas.
Ask the class as a group to call out any English idioms/slang/colloquialisms they already know, and tell the class what they mean. These may relate to business or leisure. If class is unsure, call out some common slang and see if students can tell you what it means.
Teaching 1: Discuss the definition of an ‘Idiom’ – a combination of words that has a figurative meaning, owing to its common usage, separate from the literal meaning. Split class into two teams.
Task 1: Students are split into two teams, and are each given 100 points. The teacher will call out business idioms from a list, and each team will bet points on how confident they are that they can identify the correct meaning of the idiom (for example, if someone in the team knows the meaning, they might bet 100 points). If you are incorrect, you lose the amount you bet. If you are correct, you win this amount of points. The teacher will keep score on board. The game ends either when one team reaches zero points, or after 25 minutes has elapsed. The winner is the team with the most points.
Teaching 2: Teacher to give students a handout containing a list of all the idioms covered in the game.
Task 2: Students will split into pairs and write down an example sentence for each of the idioms, to give the idiom context (such as “we were forced to sell the computers at a loss”). The teacher will ask pairs to swap their answers with another team, and select pairs to read out certain sentences to the class. Groups will peer-check.
Follow-up: Teacher to provide handouts with meanings of the idioms covered in the lesson, and example sentences.
Homework: Ask students to look online, watch some TV in English, or read magazines/articles, and bring in three additional examples of idioms they identify for the next class.