Standard VS Slang Lesson Plan

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  1. Great idea–although I don’t think “standard” is the best description for slang in general. Words like “awesome” and “cool” are definitely part of standard (American) English even in their slang senses. They’re just informal or casual. Nonstandard slang would only describe slang that is restricted to specific non-mainstream dialects of English and isn’t widely used or understood, I think. Most of the above examples are part of standard casual American English. 🙂

    I think it’s important to get students comfortable with slang so that they don’t think they must always avoid it, which is why I think it’s important for students to realize that many slang words are definitely standard English. Of course, there are always those students who latch onto slang and start using it indiscriminately! It’s quite tricky to help them find the right balance, isn’t it? I’m struggling with that myself both in teaching and in my own language learning.

  2. I agree with you Clarissa. The distinction between slang and standard is really an arbitrary one. But i think that a wide range of language should not be banned from the classroom on the pretext of being slang!
    Thank you for your comment!

  3. The spelling mistake has been corrected. Thanks lee!

  4. Great article.
    But I always have to say that we use this American/British English all the time. We should remember that in the world there are more people who speak English as a foreign or second language than those who speak it as mother tongue. So I think we should remember that people are all the time “creating” new slang – in some speaker’s language, slangs. Thinking about it, I would say that students also speak making use of the inter-language. Therefore, they are able to understand each other without really knowing what slang is really about.

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