VIDIOMS: ACTVATING IDIOMS FOR ESL
VIDIOMS is the first in a series of video/reproducible workbook packages designed to make every idioms lesson a successful idioms lesson. With VIDIOMS, students learn to use idioms with confidence. VIDIOMS includes fifteen lessons, each of which normally requires two class periods to complete, with homework. It is intended for secondary students and adults. Ninety idioms are featured; six per lesson. The (three tape) video portion of VIDIOMS is over two hours. The duration of a video lesson (approximately 9 minutes) is short enough to permit two viewings in a single class period. There are usually three short skits per idiom.
Each lesson in the VIDIOMS workbook begins with a transcript of what is said in the video. Definitions of the idioms follow the transcripts, with examples. Aspects of idiom use emphasized in the exercises are: Meaning, Working with Contextual Clues, Usage, Form and Function. Role play and oral exercises are designed to allow students to be creative with the idioms in particular and with the English language in general, and to combat negative affective factors. VIDIOMS is easy to use and very versatile.