I wrote twenty idioms on the board which kind of told a story of a relationship from the beginning to the end:
Method (Pre-Int to Intermediate Level):
Pre-task: Elicit: what is an idiom? i.e. A fixed phrase with a meaning that isn’t clear from the words used in the phrase.
1. SS work in pairs. They discuss together which ones they know already.
2. Group feedback.
3. SS check ones they don’t know in the dictionary or online.
4. Group feedback. Go through the list in order. Give examples. Elicit examples from SS. Check that everyone understands each idiom.
5. SS work together to prepare a dialogue or performance that includes all 20 idioms. Give them around 15 mins. Make a cup of tea for yourself; have a break; er, I mean monitor SS… Dialogues could be set in the past, with SS talking about a past relationship, or in various scenes set throughout the course of a relationship; or discussing future foreseen problems that might arise in a present relationship… etc.
6. SS read out or act their dialogues/scenes. Give feedback. Solicit feedback from other groups. Make a note of errors.
7. Error correction on the board with the whole group.
8. Homework, or follow-on activity: find 10 more idioms or phrasal verbs on the topic of Love and Relationships, and write a sentence using each one.
Note: for higher levels, you could mix up the order and get them to put them into their own order to make a story of a relationship.
It worked well and passed the time nicely for about 50 minutes. SS seemed happy to be learning (a lot) of new idioms. Do let me know how you got on, if you used this lesson plan! Thanks 🙂