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Teaching slang and idiomsMany instructors are not comfortable teaching slang and idioms. Some instructors believe that it is not appropriate for students to learn and use slang and idioms. However, these terms are very much part of the English language. Slang is described as a nonstandard vocabulary of a given language that is culturally derived. Idioms are phrases that mean something different from the literal meaning of the individual words. It is difficult to learn and understanding the English language without learning common slang terms and idioms. "Since idiomatic expressions are so frequently encountered in both spoken and written discourse, they require special attention in language programs and should not be relegated to a position of secondary importance in the curriculum" (Cooper, 1998). Therefore, it should be part of the curriculum of every language teacher to teach the most common slang and idioms of the English language. There are a number of reasons why a teacher should teach slang and idioms. One main reason is that slang is a significant part of everyday conversation. If English speakers pause to count the number of idioms and slang words they use in their everyday conversation, they will surely be shocked. In fact, a study conducted by Pollio & Colleagues (1977),