Thursday, April 26, 2012

How to using Games to Learn English in the Classroom

How to using Games to Learn English in the Classroom
By Jack Stone
Students often find that learning the mechanics of English at school is boring and mundane. Unfortunately, this attitude often affects the students' English proficiency, limiting their vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. Using games in the classroom can help shift students' attitudes from negative to positive, fostering excitement and anticipation, while still providing them with an opportunity to learn the basic principles of the English language

Tell A Story
A game that will help enforce principles of sentence construction is the Tell a Story game. To start this game, have students sit in a circle in the classroom. Stand up and tell the beginning of a story, such as "I was hiking through the forest on a sunny day. There was no one else around. Suddenly I heard a loud noise behind me. I turned around, and I couldn't believe what I saw." Sit down, and have the student next to you pick up the story, adding only one sentence. The story continues around the circle, with each student adding one logical connecting sentence to the story. Correct student grammar and pronunciation as needed. For a more educational game, give each student a vocabulary word that he or she must incorporate into the sentence.

Sentence Auction
To help students practice recognizing proper sentence structure, set up a mock "auction" where the students have to bid on sentences they think are grammatically flawless. Compile a list of flawed sentences from students' homework, and write several good, correct sentences of your own. Divide the class into several small teams, and give each team play money, perhaps $10,000 per team. Write a sentence from your list on the board, and then begin to auction the sentence off to the highest bidder. Announce the start of the auction, and enthusiastically take bids from the students throughout. Students will place higher bids on sentences they know are grammatically correct and lower bids on sentences they are unsure about. Once no one else wants to bid, that sentence is sold to the student with the highest bid. Continue through the rest of the sentences, interspersing grammatically correct sentences with flawed sentences. The team with the most correct sentences at the end of the auction wins.

Phrasal Verb Memory
To enforce a concept such as phrasal verbs, prepare several sets of 18 individual cards. On nine cards, write a phrasal verb, such as "call off," "come across" or "look up to." On the other nine cards, write a one-word verb that is synonymous with the phrasal verb, such as "cancel," "find" or "respect." Shuffle the cards, divide the class into groups of two and give one set of cards to each group. The cards are spread out face-down on the table, and each student takes turns uncovering two of the cards. If a student thinks he has found a match, he picks up the cards. If the students are unsure of a match, they may ask the teacher. The student with the most matches at the end of the game wins.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How to use "Heart" in English Idioms?

How to use "Heart" in English Idioms?

Example Sentence
1. - Heart is in your chest
- Your heart is in your chest. At least it is in most people. (muscles, bones, internal organs, heart)
2.- Not got hearts
- There are some people who haven't got hearts... She has no heart .
3. - She's a cold, heartless killer.
- These are people who are not concerned. about the happiness of others. They are cruel and feel no pity.
Stabbed in the back!
4. Heart's in the right place

- Heart's in the right place. This means that the person is kind.

- Luckily, most people do have their heart in the right place.

5 .- Interests at heart

- When someone has your best interests at heart. it means that they are concerned about your welfare and success.

-  He's not a very efficient boss, but his heart's in  the right place.

6. -Know it by heart.

- Know it by heart: Means that is Memorise something completely.
- My piano teacher made me play the piece until I knew it by heart.
7. - Best interest at heart
- When someone has your best interests at heart. it means that they are concerned about your welfare and success.
- She only had my best interest at heart, but is was still hard work.
8. – Heart = to be  in love
- When you're in love, strange things can happen to your heart.
- Your heart can melt!
- Your heart can break!
- Your heart can ache!
- Your heart can sink!
9 - Heart melted
- It means that she was affected emotionally by his look and she was unable to control her feelings.
-  Her heart melted when he looked at her.

10 -  Special place in her heart.

- You could also say that he had won a special place in her heart or that  he had captured her heart.
11. - Heart - to - heart
- Unfortunately romance and love  don't aways last. This is especially true if you can't have heart - to - heart with each other to sort out your differences.
-  A heart  - to  -  heart is a deep emotional conversation where each tells the honestly how they feel.
12 - Heart sink

-  The way she looked at him made his heart sink.
13. - Poured her heart out

-  She poured her heart out to him but he refused to listen.
14 . -broken - hearted,  hearted - broken , aching heart,heart - ache 
- Meaning she had a great sadness. She was very sad and unhappy.

- She was broken - hearted
- She had an aching heart ( heart - ache).

15.- Lonely heart

-  He was just another lonely heart looking for romance and some to love.
16. - After my own heart
- After my own heart doesn't mean that he actually want to have my heart in his hand. It means that he shares the same ideas and  beliefs as me.
-  He's man after my own heart.

17. - Close to my heart
- "Close to my heart " means   that it is very important for me.
-  One subject that is close to my heart is spaceflight.
18. Goodness of my heart.
- Means that I do it beacuase I feel strongly about it, not because I have been toor want a reward.

-  I try to help the environment  out of the  goodness of my heart.
19. - Hearts of gold
- They used their lottery win to buy a new scanner for the local hospital.
- They have hearts of gold.
20. From the bottom of their hearts
-  Sincerely and passionately
- Patients and staff thanked them from the bottom of their hearts.
21.  - Wear my heart on my sleeve
- People are always telling me that I wear my heart on my sleeve. but I always feel it's best to show my true feelings opnly about everything.
22. Struck terror into the hearts
- When the Hindenburg crashed the sight struck terror into the hearts of all who witnessed it.
23 - Cried their hearts out
- Many withnesses just sat there and cried their hearts out.
24 - Heart sank
- My heart sank as I watched.
25 - Have the heart
- I don't have the heart to throw away food. Not when there are people starving in the world so I walways eat it myself.
26. - Heart was in my mouth
- My heart was in my mouth when I asked the boss for a pay - rise.
27. - Heavy - heart
- When he refused, I left the office with a heavy - heart.
28. - Set my heart on
- I had set my heart on getting that pay - rise.
29. - Sick at heart to heart
- I was sick at heart to heart that the boss' blue -eyed boy had got  his pay - rise.
30. - Heart's just in this one
-   Maybe it's time I changed jobs, My heart's just in this one anymore.

31 -  Heart goes out to
- My heart goes out to those poor people who have lost everything in that flood.
32. - Tugs at my heart - strings
-  This heart - rending picture really tugs at my heart - strings.
33. - Find it in their  heart
- Today the press heartily encourage people to find it in their  heart to donate to disaster funds.
34. - Lost heart
- I almost  lost heart in my art after years of getting nowhere. But now my paintings are beginning to get noticed.
35. - Straight from the heart
- I think it's because  I' ve started to paint straight from the heart.
36 - Heart and soul
- Since I started putting heart and soul into my work I ' ve seven pictures.
37.- Eat your heart out
- Vincent, eat your heart out!
38. - Heart misses a beat
-  Every time the gallery phones my heart misses a beat.
39. -  Heartening
- It is very heartening when peaple recognise your talent.

Monday, April 23, 2012

How to use "Money " word in English Idioms.

How to use "Money " word in English Idioms.
1. Idiom + Money is the roof of all evil

- Meaning: According to this saying, all immorality and wickedness is caused by money. This saying is a

misquotation, and the original version ("the love of money is the root of all evil") implies that all immorality

and wickedness is caused by people loving money, not by money itself.
Note: root (noun) = origin; source | evil (noun) = something very bad; sin; extreme wickedness

- People do many evil things in order to get rich. (Biblical. Compare this with Idleness is the root of all

evil.)  ( or he love of money is the root of all evil.)
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith,

and pierced themselves through with many sorrows
John: - I know I could make more money if I just knew the right things to invest in.
Mark: - Don't worry so much about money. It's the root of all evil, after all. As the newspapers continued to

report the dastardly things the wealthy young banker had done to become even wealthier, people shook

their heads and remarked, "The love of money is the root of all evil."

2. Idiom + Time is money
What does "time is money" mean?
- Time is valuable and wasting time is like wasting money
- One's time is a valuable commodity, as in I can't stay home and wait any longer; time is money, you know.

This proverbial term goes back to one first recorded in 1572, time is precious, in a discourse on usury.

- (My) time is valuable, so don't waste it.
-  I can't afford to spend a lot of time standing here talking. Time is

money, you know! People who keep saying time is money may be working too hard.

3. Idiom+ Put your money where your mouth is
+ If someone puts their money where their mouth is, they back up their words with action.
You can tell someone to "put [their] money where [their] mouth is" if they keep talking about something

without backing it up (usually with money).

For example, if someone keeps bragging about how they think a football team will win the Superbowl, you

can tell them, "Put your money where your mouth is...let´s bet on it."

Use the expression to suggest someone bet on, invest in, or buy something that they are confident in. You

can also use the expression to suggest someone not just "talk the talk" but also "walk the walk."
Example: - I heard that, John! Do you want to put your money where your mouth is?  Meet me at eight

Saturday morning, two out of three sets, and let’s find out who the best player is!

4. idiom+ Money burns a hole in my pocket
- An expression decribing someone who spends money as soon as it is earned.
- If someone has money burning a hole in their pocket, they are eager to spend it, normally in a wasteful manner.
- if someone has money burning a hole in their pocket, they want to spend it as soon as possible .
- I had a fifty dollar bill that was burning a hole in my pocket, so I figured I'd go out and have a really good time.
-  Sally can't seem to save anything. Money burns a hole in her pocket. If money burns a hole in your pocket, you never have any for emergencies.
5. Idiom+ Money makes the world go round

What does this idiom "money makes the world go round" means
- to be extremely important, so that many ordinary events could not happen without it
Idiom+ fun to shake your money maker
Love makes the world go round.
- Life is more pleasant when people treat each other lovingly.
-  Come on, guys, stop fighting with each other all the time. Love makes the world go round.

Unit 3: "Money" "Money" in Some Common English Idioms

Using "bird" word in Useful English Idioms

Using "bird" word in Useful English Idioms
1. Idioms :  A litle bird told me
- Somene told me but I can't  say who

-  A way of indicating that you do not want to reveal who told you something. (Sometimes used playfully, when you think that the person you are addressing knows or can guess who was the source of your information.)
- Jill: Thank you for the beautiful present! How did you know I wanted a green silk scarf?
Jane: A little bird told me.
Bill: How did you find out it was my birthday?
Jane: A little bird told me.

2. Idioms + You eat like a bird
- You don't eat a lot
- Eat very little
-  Used when speaking about someone who needs very little food to get by, often used when criticizing someone for not eating enough.

Examples: - She eats like a bird, it's no wonder she's skinny! - You're eating like a bird, I wish you would eat just a little more.

3. Idioms + The bird in the hand is better than two in the bush.
-  It's better to have something now
- Having something for certain is better than the possibility of getting something better.
-  I might get a better offer, but a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Jame has
offered to buy my car for $3,000 cash. Someone else might pay more, but a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
4. Idiom: To kill two birds with one stone.
- Kill two birds with one stone
- To solve two problems at one time with a single action.
- Ex: John learned the words to his part in the play while peeling potatoes. He was killing two birds with one stone. I have to cash a check and make a payment on my bank loan. I'll kill two birds with one stone by doing them both in one trip to the bank.

Unit 2: English Idioms with "Bird"

Using " All" in English Idioms

Using " All" in  English Idioms
idioms + All your eggs in one basket

put all your eggs in one basket
to risk your money or your reputation in support of one idea or plan
Example:  I didn't want to put all my eggs in one basket, so I played five different lottery games, but lost all of them.
Etymology: based on the idea that if all the eggs you got from your chickens are in one basket ( container) and you drop it, you will lose all your eggs
idioms + All in your head
If something is all in your head, you have imagined it and it is not real.
- When something is thought of as reality but is only just imaginary.
- Ex : She likes you, but it is all in your head

idioms + All in day's work

If something is all in a day's work, it is nothing special.
- if something difficult or strange is all in a day's work for someone, it is a usual part of their job (often + for ) - Drinking champagne with Hollywood stars is all in a day's work for top celebrity reporter Gloria Evans. We worked in blizzard conditions to restore all the power lines, but it's all in a day's work.

idioms + All hell broke loose
When all hell breaks loose, there is chaos, confusion and trouble.
- all sorts of wild or terrible things happened.
- When the boss left early for the weekend, all hell broke loose.

Idioms + All over the map

If something like a discussion is all over the map, it doesn't stick to the main topic and goes off on tangents.
- in or to many different places
- There was blood all over the place. I ran all over the place looking for them.

Idioms + All eyes on me.

If all eyes are on someone, then everyone is paying attention to them.
- with a lot of interest in something or someone you see
- The kids were all eyes, taking in every detail of the new house.

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Unit 1: Using Useful English Idioms with "All"

Unit 1: Using Useful English Idioms with "All"

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