TO THE TUTOR
PROVERBS ARE OLD AND FAMILIAR SAYINGS THAT USUALLY GIVE ADVICE.
Give your student lists of proverbs from time to time.
Use of these sayings adds richness and depth to the student's mastery of the English language.
Here is an example of a list of proverbs;
LIST OF PROVERBS
1. 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away'
Meaning; Literal meaning - in other words, the eating of apples ensures good health.
Origin; The origin of this proverb is said to come from the ancient Romans, who believed the apple had magical powers to cure illness. In fact, apples are filled with Vitamin C and other healthy properties. They do promote health.
2. 'As fit as a fiddle'
Meaning; Perfectly fit, in excellent health.
3. 'Actions speak louder than words'
Meaning; It is more effective to act directly than to speak of action.
4. 'All cats love fish, but hate to get their paws wet'
Meaning; Everyone has desires, but few have the will to work to achieve them.
5. 'All things come to those who wait'
Meaning; A patient seeker will be satisfied in due time.
6. 'All's well that ends well'
Meaning; A risky enterprise is justified as long as it turns out well in the end.
7. 'He who pays the piper calls the tune'
Meaning; Whoever pays the money has the right to decide what is done with it.
Origin; In medieval times, people were entertained by strolling musicians. Whoever paid the price could choose the music.
TO THE TUTOR;
Set your student lists of proverbs to learn. Do this at regular intervals. Check the student's knowledge of the proverbs by means of verbal and/or written tests.
Best wishes with your tutoring!
Catherine Nicolette Whittle
Diploma TESOL and EDI Level 5 Diploma in Teaching English
London Teacher's Training College