The Importance of Teaching Idiomatic ExpressionsNative English speakers grow up hearing and speaking idioms every day.
Whether your students are young children or adults, it is important that they feel comfortable using these expressions in their everyday speech and writing.
If your students are studying to learn English for a job, they especially need to learn how to understand and use idiomatic expressions so they can communicate with their co-workers, supervisors, or customers.
What Is an English Idiomatic Expression?An idiomatic expression is a combination of words that means something different from each word by itself.
Which Idiomatic Expressions Should You Teach?The best way to decide which expressions to teach is to listen for them when you are having a conversation in English, watching American television programs, or listening to English-language radio stations.
You can also ask your students to bring in examples of expressions that they find while they are reading, watching television, listening to the radio, or speaking with co-workers or friends.
If you want your students to be comfortable and feel like native English speakers, make sure you make teaching English idiomatic expressions part of your lesson plans.
And, by the way, a "piece of cake" is something that is easy, just like understanding English idiomatic expressions can be, if you learn what they mean!
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