English "kotowaza" Warm-up Quiz!

Warm up quiz for older students. Students will listen to the idiom/saying and guess the meaning based on A, B, or C.

Kotowaza (saying) and kanyouku (idiom) warm-up quiz! Works best with older students. No specific grammar review, just a way for students to get warmed up for class and work together as a team and learn about funny English sayings.

Students should make teams of 3-4 (with their deskmates) and choose options A, B, or C based on what they think an idiom means. The answer is revealed in the next slide. 1 correct guess = 1 point, last question is 5 points. Max points are 10. Students with 5-10 points will be deemed as masters of English B)

Files include the Powerpoint presentation, a preview of the slideshow, and English room decorations of the same kotowaza in case students want to use/review them! I tried this game with my small special needs class (without teams) and they wanted to use them a lot! Enjoy!

Small files
  • English kotowaza-Englishroomdeco.pdf (501 KB)
  • Medium files (requires an account to download) -
  • English kotowaza and kanyouku quiz.pptx (11.2 MB)
  • English kotowaza and kanyouku quiz-ALTopediapreview.pdf (1.38 MB)
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    Submitted by meatydog April 22, 2024 Estimated time: 10 minutes
    1. mmakuniru April 24, 2024

      This is really cool, thank you!

    2. HeyItsMori April 24, 2024

      Looks really fun! Thanks for sharing!

    3. meatydog April 24, 2024

      @mmakuniru Thanks! I hope your class enjoys!

    4. jiggswalsh May 1, 2024

      Please please please change "Let's quiz!".... This is such a common mistake we don't need to contribute to it further. How about "Let's do a quiz!" or "It's quiz time!"?

    5. meatydog May 2, 2024

      @jiggswalsh Okay I fixed it! It didn't really occur to me that it would reinforce any mistakes. Thanks for the advice!

    6. jiggswalsh May 7, 2024

      Thank you so much!

    7. bonolo123 June 5, 2024

      I thought it's raining cats and dogs is strictly for rain and not bad weather nor hail. Is this an American meaning?

    8. meatydog June 5, 2024

      @bonolo123 It could be a regional thing, but I often see it used for hail or heavy rain! I included a simple "You use it when the weather is bad" explanation so my students are able to read/understand most of it without me reading it to them. I used hail as an example because it's pretty common where I grew up and not in the town I live in now, but of course you are welcome to change it!

    9. kennyd98 June 24, 2024

      My students had a great time playing this!! Thanks for making it

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