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The following ESL resources are available for Idioms:

worksheets (1)
book references (3)
audio (15)
video (6)
quiz (1)
 
 
 
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Idioms - intro
Four example sentences for analysis, two containing idioms, two contains the same phrases used in a non-idiomatic way
 
 

 

 
 
 
Food idioms quiz (893)
Nine-question short-answer quiz.
 
 

 

 
Audio
 
 
Food idioms: treading on eggshells (877)
Two presenters discuss and explain a common idiom.
 
 

 

Food idioms: use your loaf (878)
Two presenters discuss and explain a common idiom.
 
 

 

Food idioms: full of beans (879)
Two presenters discuss and explain a common idiom.
 
 

 

Food idioms: nosh (880)
Two presenters discuss and explain a common idiom.
 
 

 

Food idioms: beef (881)
Two presenters discuss and explain a common idiom.
 
 

 

Food idioms: to put all your eggs in one basket (882)
Two presenters discuss and explain a common idiom.
 
 

 

Food idioms: cut the mustard (883)
Two presenters discuss and explain a common idiom.
 
 

 

Food idioms: to know your onions (884)
Two presenters discuss and explain a common idiom.
 
 

 

Food idioms: to take with a pinch of salt (885)
Two presenters discuss and explain a common idiom.
 
 

 

Food idioms: cheesy (1224)
Two presenters discuss and explain a common idiom.
 
 

 

Food idioms: good egg (1225)
Two presenters discuss and explain a common idiom.
 
 

 

Food idioms: a finger in every pie (1226)
Two presenters discuss and explain a common idiom.
 
 

 

Food idioms: wake up and smell the coffee (1227)
Two presenters discuss and explain a common idiom.
 
 

 

Food idioms: have your cake and eat it (1228)
Two presenters discuss and explain a common idiom.
 
 

 

Food idioms: cook the books (1229)
Two presenters discuss and explain a common idiom.
 
 

 

 
Video
 
 
The Teacher - food idioms - beans (887)
Comic explanation of three food idioms by 'The Teacher': full of beans haven't got a bean spill the beans
 
 

 

The Teacher - food idioms - vegetables (888)
Comic explanation of common idioms by 'The Teacher': It's a hot potato A carrot and a stick Like two peas in a pod
 
 

 

The Teacher - food idioms - fruit (889)
Comic explanation of common food idioms by 'The Teacher': To go bananas It's a case of sour grapes A second bite of the cherry
 
 

 

The Teacher - food idioms - pie (890)
Comic explanation of common idioms by 'The Teacher': It's as easy as pie To be pie-eyed To have a finger in many pies.
 
 

 

The Teacher - food idioms - egg (891)
Comic explanation of common idioms by 'The Teacher': He's a bad egg; Don't put all of your eggs in one basket; He's got egg on his face;
 
 

 

The Teacher - food idioms - tea (892)
Comic explanation of common idioms by 'The Teacher': It's not my cup of tea; I wouldn't do it for all the tea in China; It's as good as a chocolate teapot.
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
 
Unit 14 Style  Page 119 
Idioms containing clothing words
 
 
Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 

Vaughan Jones   Susan Kay   
 
Unit 4 Body  Page 37 
Listening (dialogue) containing: put my foot in it; a shoulder to cry on; neck of the woods; fingers in a lot of pies; up to my eyes; make my mind up; get it off your chest; play it by ear
 
 
New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
 
Unit 1 Impressions  Page 11   Idioms with clothing words
 
 

ESL lesson plans

Politics and the US Election

Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: political issues.
US Election ESL worksheet thumbnail 1 US Election ESL worksheet thumbnail 2 US Election ESL worksheet thumbnail 3 US Election ESL worksheet thumbnail 4
Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)
 

Gender discrimination at work

Complete lesson Vocabulary: work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.
Gender descrimination ESL worksheet thumbnail 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 thumbnail Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3 thumbnail
Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)
 

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as thumbnail 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as thumbnail 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as thumbnail 3
Download English grammar notes: comparison with as...as (PDF)