Part of being a literate adult is being able to recognize and use idioms. We teachers use idiomatic language all the time: That was a piece of cake! Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Curiosity killed the cat. Hold your horses. Here are some ideas for teaching idiomatic language to children!
Bilingual students do not always have enough opportunities to practice using both languages. As teachers, we cannot lose sight of the role of talk in our classrooms. A classroom rich with language opportunities is a classroom that can offer more opportunities for success for children living and learning in two languages.