Thomas C. Cooper (Ph.D., Florida State University) is Associate Professor of Foreign Language Education at the University of Georgia, Athens.
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1998 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 31, Issue 2, pages 255–266, May 1998
How to Cite
Cooper, T. C. (1998), Teaching Idioms. Foreign Language Annals, 31: 255–266. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1998.tb00572.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT Since idioms are figurative expressions that do not mean what they literally state and since they are so frequently encountered in both oral and written discourse, comprehending and producing idioms present language learners with a special vocabulary learning problem. Idiom acquisition research, however, has uncovered a number of findings that have pedagogical implications for idiom instruction. This article summarizes these research findings and presents the language teacher with a systematic plan for teaching idioms to native language learners, bilingual students, and foreign language learners.