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



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.


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


  • 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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