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C.G. - Thailand said:
Teaching slang and idioms Teaching slang and idioms is an important function when teaching English, especially in an English speaking country. To illustrate this I will use the example of my home country, New Zealand, which has developed much slang and idioms since its colonisation in the nineteenth century. In New Zealand, the words sweet as and choice refer to something as ?being ok?, whereas bro and cuzzy are affectionately used to refer to a friend or family member (originating from brother and cousin). The idioms good on ya? mate and strapped for cash are used to give praise and describe a low on cash situation, respectively. These examples of New Zealand slang and idioms are the ?tip of the iceberg? and are used in every day communication (both formal and informal), broadcasts, film and television. Visitors to New Zealand will be exposed to slang and idioms in almost every conversation they have with a kiwi (slang for New Zealander). It is so ingrained in New Zealand society that kiwis themselves are not always aware as to what is actually slang and what is standard speech. The word heaps in New Zealand replaces plenty (which is rarely used) and is even used in formal broadcasts and publications. Some slang words, such as togs, do not have a standard equivalent used when referring to a swim wear. In other situations the meaning of slang words may be misunderstood when interpreted in a literal or traditional sense. For these reasons, it is important to teach slang and idioms in the classroom, thus enabling students to have a well-rounded knowledge of the local language spoken. So when and how should slang and idioms be introduced to students? Informally, they may be introduced to this new language whenever they are exposed to it and are curious about its meaning. If relevant and appropriate, this may be when they are at beginner or pre-intermediate level. However, to focus on slang and idioms in a formally structured lesson, students will understand easier and benefit more at an intermediate level. These students have a decent understanding of basic grammar and vocabulary and will be ready to learn nonstandard words and phrases that can be substituted for the more formal and standard words and phrases already learnt. This can be achieved by presentation, using examples from broadcasts, television and movies etc. A pre-prepared list compiling the most common slang and idioms and their meanings will be a useful teaching aid. These words may be the focus for a lesson and used in exercises during the study phase (gap-fills, word searches etc.) and activities during the activate stage (role-plays etc.) Once students have been introduced to these words and phrases, the teacher may ask the students what possible meanings they have and situations they could be used in. From here, students must practice using them as to adequately retain the new language. Learning slang and idioms can be fun and entertaining, and will promote dynamic and interesting lessons. This may be a welcome break from other forms of the language that students may find difficult or uninteresting. Choice bro.
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