（1）、重点词汇：in other words ,among other things ,by and by ,have a vague or loose connection to/with ,kill the fatted calf, develop a high level of competence in communication skills……
(2)、重点句子：It comes from a story in the Bible, where a son returned to his family after …, …among other things, and unless you recognize when an idiom is being used，you can easily misunderstand……
Step1: Lead in
Ask the students to read the following sentence and guess what the idiom means: I took my mother’s car without asking for permission. She is angry at me. I ’m in hot water now! (in trouble )
【设计说明】以有据可依的语境导入，活跃了课堂气氛又恰当的引入了本节课的主题“Biblical idioms in English ”
Step2: Fast reading
Read the article quickly and answer the following questions:
1、What is an idiom?
2、Which language was the Bible first written in?
3、Which idiom is often used to describe children?
【设计说明】简要的问题使学生对文章内容有大概的了解，为下一步的careful reading 奠定基础。
Step3: Careful reading
Part1: Answer questions
1 Why does the Bible have a lot of idioms?
2 What did ‘by and by’ originally mean in the Bible?
3 What does ‘by and by’ mean today?
4 How many years ago was the Bible translated into English?
5 What does “feet of clay” mean?
6 Which animals are featured in the idioms in the article?
7 Which foods are included in the idioms in the article?
8 How is studying idioms useful in language learning?
Part2: Choose the best idiom from the text to fill in the blanks
1 Sarah’s grandmother adores her; Sarah is_________________________________.
2 Wilson was disappointed when he learnt that the coach had ____________________.
3 She knew it might take a long time for her teammates to change their minds, but she believed that the new plan would work_________________________________.
4 The people in my village are very honest and hard-working; they are______________________.
5 When my brother came back home from his trip to Europe, we _________________for him.
6 She would not say who told her about the surprise party. She just said ___________________.
Step3: Careful reading
Read a short passage about idioms from the Bible and full in the blanks with the words blow.
Hidden underline weaknesses translated idioms group Greek
Soon concept bird
An idiom is a _______of words that has a special meaning which is not usually apparent. If you already have a good understanding of English and want to polish up and sharpen your language skills, studying_______ can be a good way to do so.
Many of the idioms used in English are from the Bible was ________ from Hebrew into _______ and later into English. Take ‘by and by’ as an example. It originally meant ‘immediately’, but now it means ‘________’.
Idioms can be used to ______ the moral of a story. One idiom about ‘feet of clay’ stresses the ________ that things or people that seem perfect, like a person we admire or respect, can have hidden _________. Another idiom, ‘a little________ told me’, is used to say that you know something but you do not want to tell others how you know it. Some Bible idioms use things related to food such as salt or apples to make a point more clear.
From now on, whenever I read an idiom, I will remember that there could be a ________ meaning in it.
Step4: Appreciation: Enjoy some idioms
1 A little learning is a dangerous thing.
2 Life is made up of little things.
3 A high building, a low foundation.
4 Many a little makes a miracle.
5 Many hands make light work..
6 Actions speak louder than words.
7 Better to arrive late in this world than early in the next.
8 When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
(1) Shorten the passage using your own words.
(2) Try to collect some idioms.
(3) Find useful and .difficult language points from the passage.