Have a Ball Teaching Idioms: We Review Idiom Addict

Our Pick of the Week, Idiom Addict makes learning idioms both a piece of cake and more fun than a barrel of monkeys. We think this classroom game is the cat’s pajamas.  Idioms are a big deal: Idioms, in a […]

Our Pick of the Week, Idiom Addict makes learning idioms both a piece of cake and more fun than a barrel of monkeys. We think this classroom game is the cat’s pajamas. 

Idioms are a big deal: Idioms, in a nutshell, give languages their distinctive characters, but often their literal translations can leave students bewildered. Whether writing school essays (alter ego, case in point), everyday speech (bury the hatchet, break the ice) or, later, in the work place (outside the box, jump the gun), students will need an arsenal of idioms at their disposal. 

Lend a helping hand: The Idiom Addict board game assists students in deciphering idioms, oft-used synonyms and common English phrases from clues read by opponents. Correct answers allow players to advance on the board. In addition to idiom understanding, the game strengthens general language skills and memory recall.

Wear different hats: Students can play individually, one-on-one or in teams. Teachers can also use the 1,200 Mixed Message and 1,200 Synonym Twist cards for group classroom fun. 

For everyone and his brother: Students in grades four all the way up through high school will have a blast learning new idioms and giggling over the absurdity of ones they already know. New English learners of all ages will particularly benefit in their journey to grasp the language, as they will increase comprehension of newspapers headlines, web articles, daily conversations with native speakers and more.

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What tricks do you have up your sleeve for teaching idioms in the classroom?

Posted by Jessica McFadden

Jessica McFadden is a writer, blogger and parent living in the Washington, DC suburbs. A daughter of a teacher and a member of a family of teachers, she is happily at home interviewing teachers, principals and education specialists.

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