It's just a figure of speech, but this app is, in a nutshell, bursting at the seams with idioms. In just two shakes of a lamb's tail, learners can study, search for, and test their knowledge of the included expressions.
Understanding idioms is an important aspect of learning or mastering a language. Support your youngsters and English language learners by providing this app for study and practice.
To Master Idioms:
- Scroll through an alphabetized list of idioms; view definitions and sample sentences by tapping on an expression
- Search the list of idioms
- Quiz yourself by topic (seven categories of 100 are included here)
- Assess understanding of all the terms with a quiz for the entire app
Assessing by Topic:
- Quiz is 50 multiple choices questions at a time
- No feedback is provided during the quiz, but you can review all responses by correct, incorrect, and skipped at the end of the quiz
- Share your results with the share button in the top-right corner
- After you're finished, tap the red section of the pie chart to retry incorrect answers, correct answers, and skipped idioms
Assessing All Idioms:
- Tests you on 50 figures of speech at a time taken from the entire list
- You must master the first 50 before moving on to the next 50
- Share your results with the share button provided
- Provides a bar graph to show progress over time
The app provides plenty of idioms to study and a few ways to test your knowledge. More idioms could be added to make a more complete collection.
There are quizzes available, but they are all multiple choice. Learners will like the graphs that show their progress, but may wish for more interesting games.
There is some nice progress tracking put into place; however, if you want the results to be accurate, this only really works in a single-user situation.
How techie do I need to be?
- Provide this for your pupils as a sort of dictionary when they are reading a new text
- Set aside some time for students to practice in small groups or at classroom stations
- Use the app at the end of the day as a bellringer activity
- If learners have their own iPads, assign them to work through idioms for homework; you can check their progress on the app or have them e-mail their scores to you
- The information you get when a user shares their score with you is only so useful; it takes a screenshot of the score page, so you can see the score, percentage, and time spent taking the quiz (but not any of the idioms they identified correctly or incorrectly)
- If only one person is using the app, the progress tracking will be effective; if more than one pupil tests their knowledge on the same version of the app, the results may become a bit mixed up
- The way the idioms are alphabetized is a bit strange; for example, all the verbs are under the letter T because they are in infinitive form (To give or show quarter, To kill two birds with one stone)
- Note that you can only search by idiom, and not by definition
- Includes a huge library of idioms that learners can study and search through
- Provides two ways to assess understanding of the these idioms
- The share button after the test is a bit buggy and doesn't always show options (shows up as a blank white box)
- While hundreds of idioms are included here, there are still quite a few that could be added to the app