Useful English Idioms To Teach Your EFL Learners
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Idiomatic language can be very difficult for English language learners to get their head around because, by their very definition, their meaning is not the same as their constituent parts. In other words, just because you know the meanings of the individual words doesn’t mean that you’ll know what the expression means.
For example, how are learners supposed to know that killing two birds with one stone doesn’t involve any birds or stones, that fat chance and a slim chance are the same things and that hitting the sack is not an act of violence but of exhaustion.
At the same time, the use of idiomatic language is so prevalent in English that there are so many possibilities to teach and it can be tricky to know what exactly we should be bringing to our students’ attention.
We’ve already looked at guidelines you can use to ensure you are teaching useful language (because there’s no need to waste valuable classroom time on language we don’t use) but here we’ve decided to give you a list of our favourite idioms to teach. These are common in everyday language and useful, so getting to grips with these will stand your students in good stead.
- To be up in the air
- To be on the ball
- A piece of cake
- To hit the nail on the head
- A race against time
- To see eye to eye with someone
- To be over the moon
- It’s a small world.
- Actions speak louder than words.
- To keep an eye on someone/something
- Practice makes perfect.
- To be over the top
- A rule of thumb
- To be the spitting image of someone
- To cost an arm and a leg
- Speak of the devil!
(As a general rule of thumb, consider whether or not you use the idiom in your natural language. If not, then don’t bother teaching it.)
As you can see, these expressions are likely to be found in many authentic texts. What’s more, they lend themselves to colourful explanations and will make for very interesting lessons.
It must also be remembered that you shouldn’t create entire lessons out of a set of unrelated idioms. Rather teach them according to a related theme or when they come up in class.
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You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.