Idioms - Business English Games


Hit the Nail on the Head

Business English Idioms Game - Vocabulary: Identifying, Guessing - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 20 minutes

In this engaging business idioms game, students guess idioms commonly used in business from sentences that describe their meaning. To begin, write the business idioms from the cards on the board. In pairs, students then take turns picking up a card and reading the sentence on the card to their partner, signalling the words in bold that describe the idiom with air quotation marks. Their partner then repeats the sentence back, changing the words in bold to a business idiom from the board. If the student says the correct idiom, they win and keep the card. If not, the student with the card reads out the correct idiom shown in brackets and removes the card from the game. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Competition Idioms

Business English Idioms Games - Vocabulary: Matching, Gap-fill, Guessing - Group and Pair Work - Advanced (C1) - 30 minutes

Here are two fun business idioms games to help students practice idioms related to competition. To begin, students play a game of dominoes to practice the competition idioms. In groups, the first player tries to match a competition idiom with its definition by placing a domino down either before or after the domino on the table. The next player then tries to put down one of their dominoes at either end of the domino chain, and so on. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins. However, the game continues until all the dominoes have been used or the gameplay has been exhausted. Next, in pairs, students play a game where they complete sentences with the idioms. Student A reads each sentence using the word 'blank' for the competition idiom in bold to their partner, who listens, chooses a suitable idiom from their worksheet, and repeats the sentence, completing it with the correctly formed idiom. If the idiom is correct, the other student puts a tick next to the sentence. When Student A has read out all their sentences, the two students swap roles. The student with the most correct answers at the end of the game wins.
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