Go Animate Lesson
Intermediate to Advanced ELL
by Choi, YunDeok and Lindsay DeLand
Unit: Learning Idiomatic Expressions: Who’s the Best Storyteller?
- Students will learn frequently used idiomatic expressions by watching short animations.
- Students will learn the meaning and context of the idiomatic expressions through story-making activity.
- Sample animations (pre-made by the instructor)
- Target idiomatic expressions (see appendix)
- Small gifts (e.g., sweets) or a certificate award for the winning group.
- Explain the objectives of the listening activity: learning frequently used idiomatic expressions by watching and making an animation.
- Present one of the target idiomatic expressions first (i.e., “as cool as a cucumber,” or “the straw that broke the camel’s back”)
- Ask the students to guess the usage of the expression (i.e., its meaning and in what context it can be used).
- Choose first the animation "Cool as a Cucumber" or "The Straw that Breaks the Camel's Back" (below).
- Click the play button.
- After watching one animation, ask your students to make groups of three or four and discuss the usage of the expression.
- Ask the students to share their impressions of the idiom as a whole class.
- Repeat steps 2 through 7 with the second animation.
- Tell your students that they are going to participate in a best story-telling competition.
- Present the targeted expressions (i.e., the apple of my eye, horse around, in the bag, black and white, off the cuff, and to catch someone red-handed) with example sentences on the board or projection screen (see appendix).
- Ask each group to select an expression.
- Ask each group to make a story using the expression that they chose.
- Each group should present and share their story with the other groups.
- Ask the students to vote for the best story.
- Give the Best Storytelling Award to the group that made the best story.