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Teaching SlangSlang is defined as, ?Nonstandard vocabulary of a given culture or subculture. Slang words may or may not have alternative literal meanings. They may be ?made up? words.? (Burke, David.). Idioms on the other hand are phrases commonly understood in a given culture or subculture to have a meaning different from its literal meaning. There is some disagreement as to whether slang or idioms should be taught in an ESL or EFL classroom. Some argue that it is not proper English or that it taints the purity of the language, but I argue the importance of teaching and learning slang and idioms because of its prevalence in our everyday lives. Even the most refine and well-spoken English speakers use slang or idioms in everyday language. Slang and idioms are immersed in our culture, especially pop culture. Western pop culture is affluent in many countries as you can hear music blasting in malls, movies playing in cinemas, and pirated TV shows being sold everywhere. Clearly, Western pop culture is a huge influence on many other cultures. Whether this is a good or bad thing is a whole other article, but it does demonstrate the importance of incorporating teaching slang and idioms within the classroom. For without this knowledge, non-native