168 FREE Idiom Worksheets

FREE Idiom Worksheets

Idiom worksheetsIdioms are an important part of language learning and are something that students often struggle with. The idiom worksheets in this section are some of the ways teachers have found to address this topic with learners of various levels and ages. This idioms worksheet, for example, includes stories, pictures and a comprehension question for many common idioms. You could use this with any level but they were created with pre-intermediate and intermediate classes in mind. The file is a large packet of idiom worksheets; you can choose to do just one or two at a time and this might be a better approach. There are 168 worksheets available in this section so you can also find material on other idioms and for more advanced learners.
While many teachers leave idioms for advanced learners, you can start practicing idioms with your students much earlier. Intermediate and even some beginner classes will be able to benefit from the introduction of simple idioms. Just like learning new vocabulary, students need to understand the meaning of idioms, complete pronunciation practice exercises, and have sufficient practice using them in order to commit them to memory and feel comfortable using them.

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What Are Idioms?
An idiom is a phrase whose meaning cannot be determined by the literal definition of the phrase itself, but refers instead to a figurative meaning that is known only through common use.
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Management Speak and Corporate Jargon Worksheet

Management Speak and Corporate Jargon Worksheet

A worksheet for anyone who needs (or is interested in) Business English. Some of the expressions can be heard in everyday English too. Many of them originated in American English, but I have used ...
1 Views 4,794 IntAdv
Common British Idioms

Common British Idioms

Many of my students who come to work in the UK find that although their English is pretty advanced, they struggle to cope with native speakers' use of idioms. This worksheet includes a dialogue in ...
1 Views 7,452 IntAdvExam
Home Idioms Shouting Dictation

Home Idioms Shouting Dictation

Tom Leventhall
This is a shouting dictation designed to practice a number of "home" idioms. Students begin with the shouting part of the activity then proceed to a matching-type activity where they match they i ...
1 Views 10,467 Adv
Food Idioms Shouting Dictation

Food Idioms Shouting Dictation

Tom Leventhall
, Idiom
Shouting dictation for food idioms - suitable for a good class pre-int and above. Contains a shouting dictation for the idioms which can then be used as group or paired discussion questions. A g ...
1 Views 10,477 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Party Time! Idioms Fill in the Blank

Party Time! Idioms Fill in the Blank

Tom Leventhall
Idiom,
A party-based activity suitable for a good intermediate group and above - should provide up to one hour of activities. Students begin by learning some party idioms (paired activity), then plan a ...
1 Views 9,917 IntAdvExam
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April Showers Bring May Flowers And Other Weather Related Sayings and Idioms

April Showers Bring May Flowers And Other Weather Related Sayings and Idioms

» Idiom
“April showers bring May flowers” - a weather saying with a deeper meaning that good things come after hardships, but is also based on the reality of rainy Aprils before nature begins ...
1 Views 5,178 All
Garden Activities Collection

Garden Activities Collection

Tom Leventhall
It's Spring! What better time to do some garden vocabulary with your students. File contains a number of garden-based activities: idioms, collocations match, discussion questions, and design acti ...
2 Views 6,247 IntAdv
TV Series Worksheet: Friends (S06E09)

TV Series Worksheet: Friends (S06E09)

This worksheet is based on the ninth episode of season 6 of Friends (which is my favorite Friends episode!) and it includes spotting idioms and phrases, filling in the blanks and choosing the corr ...
33 Views 109,752 Int
Animal Idioms - Shouting Dictation

Animal Idioms - Shouting Dictation

Tom Leventhall
, Idiom
Shouting dictation for animal idioms - suitable for Int and above. Contains both a shouting dictation for the idioms, which can then be used as group or paired discussion questions. Also contain ...
4 Views 11,179 IntAdvExam
Travel Idioms Shouting Dictation

Travel Idioms Shouting Dictation

Tom Leventhall
Idiom,
Specifically designed to go with Total English Upper Int, Chapter 2 this activity offers shouting dictation for travel idioms - suitable for intermediate and above. Contains a shouting dictation ...
8 Views 12,496 IntAdvExam
Cat Idioms

Cat Idioms

A worksheet for this video about cat idioms in the English language. Idioms included: cat got your tongue?, a fat cat, to purr like a cat, when the cat's away, to be the cat's whiskers, the cat is ...
8 Views 38,951 Pre-IntIntAdv
Body Parts In idioms

Body Parts In idioms

This worksheet provides help in understanding 10 different idioms related to body parts. Included idioms are: to have a sweet tooth, to pull someone's leg, to cost an eye, to have something at you ...
8 Views 17,674 IntAdv
Idioms Game

Idioms Game

This is a very fun game to review some idioms such as time flies, good money, all ears, talk of the devil, over one's dead body and etc. The instruction of the game is included and this game is tr ...
6 Views 18,960 ElemPre-IntInt
Idioms Beginning with B (2)

Idioms Beginning with B (2)

Celia Jenkins
» Idiom
5 common idioms beginning with 'bB'. Students need to match the idiom to the correct meaning, underline idioms in a paragraph, and then read sentences and fill the gaps with the idioms. There is a ...
5 Views 7,519 Pre-IntIntAdv
Idioms Beginning with B

Idioms Beginning with B

Celia Jenkins
» Idiom
5 everyday idioms beginning with 'b'. Students first need to match the idiom to the correct meaning, and then read example sentences and fill the gaps. There is a teacher's guide with answer key i ...
5 Views 6,254 Pre-IntIntAdv
Body Idioms 4 - Matching and Gap Fill Activity

Body Idioms 4 - Matching and Gap Fill Activity

Celia Jenkins
This worksheet introduces seven common idioms with a body parts theme. Students need to match the idioms to the correct definition, then fill the gaps in short paragraphs where the idioms have bee ...
4 Views 12,732 IntAdv
Body Idioms 3 - Matching and Gap Fill Activity

Body Idioms 3 - Matching and Gap Fill Activity

Celia Jenkins
This worksheet introduces six common idioms with a body parts theme. Students need to match the idioms to the correct definition, then fill the gaps in short paragraphs and dialogues where the idi ...
6 Views 10,812 IntAdv
General Idioms 5 - Introduction, Matching, Gap Fill and Example Sentences

General Idioms 5 - Introduction, Matching, Gap Fill and Example Sentences

Celia Jenkins
» Idiom
This worksheet introduces five unrelated common idioms. Following a basic introduction on what an idiom is, students need to match the idioms to the correct definition, then fill the gaps in a sho ...
3 Views 12,511 Pre-IntIntAdv
General Idioms 4 - Introduction, Matching, Gap Fill and Example Sentences

General Idioms 4 - Introduction, Matching, Gap Fill and Example Sentences

Celia Jenkins
» Idiom
This worksheet introduces five unrelated common idioms. Following a basic introduction on what an idiom is, students need to match the idioms to the correct definition, then fill the gaps in a sho ...
5 Views 7,632 Pre-IntIntAdv
General Idioms 3 - Introduction, Matching, Gap Fill and Example Sentences

General Idioms 3 - Introduction, Matching, Gap Fill and Example Sentences

Celia Jenkins
» Idiom
This worksheet introduces five unrelated common idioms. Following a basic introduction on what an idiom is, students need to match the idioms to the correct definition, then fill the gaps in a sho ...
5 Views 6,970 Pre-IntIntAdv
General Idioms 2 - Introduction, Matching, Gap Fill and Example Sentences

General Idioms 2 - Introduction, Matching, Gap Fill and Example Sentences

Celia Jenkins
» Idiom
This worksheet introduces five unrelated common idioms. Following a basic introduction on what an idiom is, students need to match the idioms to the correct definition, then fill the gaps in a sho ...
2 Views 7,346 Pre-IntIntAdv
General Idioms 1 - Introduction, Gap Fill, Example Setences

General Idioms 1 - Introduction, Gap Fill, Example Setences

Celia Jenkins
» Idiom
This worksheet introduces five unrelated common idioms. Following a basic introduction on what an idiom is, students need to match the idioms to the correct definition, then fill the gaps in short ...
5 Views 11,004 Pre-IntIntAdv
Clothing Idioms - Matching and Gap Fill Activity

Clothing Idioms - Matching and Gap Fill Activity

Celia Jenkins
This worksheet introduces eight common idioms with a clothing theme. Students need to match the idioms to the correct definition, then fill the gaps in short paragraphs and dialogues where the idi ...
2 Views 12,396 IntAdv
Body Idioms 2 - Matching and Gap Fill Activity

Body Idioms 2 - Matching and Gap Fill Activity

Celia Jenkins
This worksheet introduces eight common idioms with a body parts theme. Students need to match the idioms to the correct definition, then fill the gaps in short paragraphs and dialogues where the i ...
7 Views 8,228 IntAdv
Body Idioms 1 - Matching and Gap Fill Activities

Body Idioms 1 - Matching and Gap Fill Activities

Celia Jenkins
This worksheet introduces eight common idioms with a body parts theme. Students need to match the idioms to the correct definition, then fill the gaps in short paragraphs and dialogues where the i ...
5 Views 8,580 IntAdv

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