American Slang Lesson Plan for ESL Students

Instructor: Kandi Young

Kandi has degrees in Communications, Human Services, Education and Computer Science. She is a Business, Marketing, and Technology instructor with a Master's degree in Education.

Learning a new language is hard; not understanding slang can make it impossible! This lesson focuses on providing ESL students with common slang words they may encounter on a daily basis. Activities to reinforce proper use of the terms are included.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to do the following:

  • Recognize slang words or phrases
  • Understand the meaning of slang terms
  • Use slang in appropriate context when speaking

Length of Lesson

30 minutes to 1 hour

Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1.A

Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1.D

Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.

Materials

  • Copies of a list of slang words and definitions (you may use the Vocabulary list or come up with a list of your own)
  • Paper
  • Drawing utensils such as markers, pencils, crayons
  • Research and download stories or worksheets with context clues that are appropriate for your class level
  • Index cards
  • Video/audio recording software (optional for Activity 2)

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