ESL Australian Slang Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Sailus

Chris has an M.A. in history and taught university and high school history.

Interested in teaching your students Australian slang words and their meanings? In this lesson plan, find a game to play with your students that introduces them to Australian slang and engages them to use the phrases properly to enhance understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • recognize basic Australian slang
  • understand the meaning of basic Australian slang and use it properly


45 minutes


  • 16-20 note cards

Key Vocabulary

At the conclusion of this lesson, students should be able to identify and define the following vocabulary terms:

  • Ace!
  • Amber fluid
  • Ankle biter
  • Aussie salute
  • Bathers
  • Billy
  • Bludger
  • Corker
  • Dag
  • Drink with the flies
  • Jackaroo
  • Mate
  • Offsider
  • Postie
  • Roo
  • Whinge

Curriculum Standards


Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.


Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 9-10 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.


  • Prior to class arriving, write the above vocabulary (and any other Australian slang you feel is important) on the note cards.
  • Sort your cards into four groups according to difficulty level.
  • For the group of cards/phrases you feel is the least difficult, write '1' on the other side of the note card, write '2' on the backside of the second-least difficult, '3' on backside of the second-most difficult, and '4' on the backside of the most difficult group.
  • Tape these cards up on the board, with the cards of each group near one another (such as in a horizontal or vertical row).
  • When the class arrives, explain that they will be playing a game to learn more about Australian slang.

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