Thanksgiving
Slang

How did you pick this theme or topic?

They were interested in knowing some slang so I thought it could be nice to do it at the end of the semester, as a fun class.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

They had to guess the synonym of slang words

How did students react?

They reacted very well, they were interested but they actually didnā€™t know any slang words.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes they engaged with each other when discussing about Thanksgiving, and then when debating about the meaning of the words.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

White board

Please attach a copy.

Here is the plan I had with me

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes! But I would maybe try to find another way of introducing slang, which would be more productive in speech.

Intermediate 12/01

1. Thanksgiving ā€“ 15 min

– They discuss it among themselves in groups of two
– Then they talk to me about what the other did

2. Slang ā€“ 30 min

– I write a word on the white board, and they have to guess the meaning, and write a synonym on a piece of paper. I do it too with the right synonym. Then, I read all the words they have written, and they vote for the word they think is the synonym of the one written on the white board.