Idioms and slang are tricky, but important, parts of any language. I’ve found that students really enjoy learning them — especially if the teaching is done in a fun way. There are certainly lots of enjoyable classroom lessons that can be done on this topic, and there are several good websites that students can use for reinforcement, too.
So, here’s another (short) “The Best…” list…
My choices for The Best Sites To Help ELL’s Learn Idioms & Slang include:
In2English has an excellent series of Animated Idioms exercises. They include an animated cartoon with text and audio explanations of each idiom. This site is clearly my number one favorite on the list.
On The Tip of My Tongue is a great site from France that teaches English idioms through the use of cartoons, audio, and games.
The Slang Game teaches English…slang and idioms.
Slang-o-lator is a neat, colorful, game that first shows an image along with a slang phrase (”hanging out”). Players then have to choose the correct definition.
Here’s a game to test your knowledge of English animal idioms.
Try The Great Walk game from English Portal Games.
Eye On Idioms is an activity from Read Write Think.
The Idiom Connection has written explanations of many idioms (though they’re not presented in the most accessible way). However, they do have a lot of good quizzes.
The BBC’s “Learning English” has an extensive collection of humorous videos designed to teach English Language Learners idioms.
Teaching and Learning Idioms: The Big Picture is a helpful article by Eve Zyzik.
Idioms 4 You provides explanations of numerous English idioms. It provides them in various scenarios — all with audio support. Unfortunately, it doesn’t provide any visual clues, but I’m still adding it to this list.
Suggestions and feedback, as always, are welcome.