English Gambling Idioms: The Gambler – Kenny Rogers (B2)

by | Aug 17, 2021


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Use this English music lesson with B1 and B2 students.

Roll the dice on this English music lesson and let the chips fall where they may. In this 60-minute ESL discussion, students listen to the American singer Kenny Rogers perform his hit “The Gambler” and then learn popular English gambling idioms used in everyday conversation. Top that off with a little paired discussion at the end and you’ve got yourself a good ol’ fashioned ESL discussion class.

Wanna go for broke? Throw in some gambling of your own! Practice reading comprehension by having your students play one of these dice games. They can read the rules, try to understand and amongst themselves. Try these virtual dice, or better yet, use your own.

Ah yes, and the piece de resistance or click here:



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Ian Kime

Ian Kime

I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.


  1. Benoit Villette

    Wow ! I love this one. Lots of new vocab and idioms. Thanks !

    • Ian Kime

      Glad you got some learnin’ done 😉


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