Last year I came across a real gem of an article – at least it looks like one from an ESL teacher’s perspective. I am sure it was not the use the author of the article had in mind, but it still worked perfectly for me and some of my students (the ones studying business English) , so I decided to share. The article was published in December on my favourite Mind Tools site
The worksheet based on the article introduces us to some terribly overused buzzwords (or buzzphrases? idioms), lets us see how they can be used in a natural context, and then finishes with a speaking task that lets the students try the new vocab items out in their talk.
Here is the article along with some discussion questions:
and here is the second worksheet, which asks students match the idioms to the right definitions:
As so far I’ve only tried it in one-to-one situatio, I asked my students to think of talk they might make up using as many idioms as possible.
If you work with groups, I guess playing buzzwords bingo would be just the thing.
Oh, and if you decide to take it to your classroom, please tell me how it went down!