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John's ESL Community: Idioms

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


Website Example:

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Computer(s), Internet access

Activity Description

Have students visit the site's Daily Idiom page to expand their vocabularies and gain study by writing down idioms, which you quiz them on later.


  • Make sure that the site is not blocked at your school.
  • Create a note-taking form or copy/print the one provided above.
  • Since the Idioms on the site change frequently, be sure to check the site the day you intend to use it.


  • Create a note-taking form for each week or use the Example Document above.
  • Tell students to go to the Idioms link of the site and write the idiom and its definition.
  • You can also have them write an original sentence or dialog using the idiom.

Teacher Tips

When learning idioms or vocabulary, students will need plenty of practice and review.

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This Web site has 350 activities for students of English, covering vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, grammar, idioms, and quotes. There are games, puzzles, self-study quizzes, and much more, all designed to help students improve their English skills.



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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.