One of the panels I attended at NJ TESOL this year was on the topic of idioms. Most teachers use them to communicate the intricacies of English as a language, but the speaker (I forget her name) stated that a problem with teaching idioms is that many are "worn out" and "dated." As a result, the student will set himself apart from other speakers.

Is this a trend that we are seeing? I want to know what other teachers think. I've already spoken to a few colleauges who are wiping idioms out of their lesson plans. I don't think it is necessary is it?

I saw this article recently on the subject...
SPLICETODAY.COM | Writing | It Was a Dark and Perfectly Stormy Night

I think idioms have their place.