Teaching English Idioms as an Important Part of Language Acquisition | ITTT | TEFL Blog

Teaching English Idioms as an Important Part of Language Acquisition | ITTT | TEFL Blog

It was my first experience teaching in Taiwan and I was in charge of teaching ESL to 7th-11th graders. I had never taught out of the United States and never considered the possibility that my students wouldn’t understand, what I thought, was simple English. I asked my junior high students to “put on their thinking caps,” to “line up single file,” “to quit fooling around” and that English was as “easy as ABC.” I told my senior high students to “give me a show of hands” and told them if they “studied hard” and “hit the books,” they would “pass with flying colors.” I told my college students I would give them an “A for effort” if they “quit goofing off” and “skipping class” or “playing hooky.” Some nodded their heads as if they understood and others just gave me “a blank look.”

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