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    How many of you teachers believe it is important to teach students some slang?

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    Knowledge is power. Teach away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Knowledge is power. Teach away.
    Right on, Soup -- but I usually find the students are teaching me, while I am reduced to explaining an older slang expression in their reading that puzzles them.

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    Generally I avoid it with children, they pick it up so quickly anyway.

    For my adult students I do teach slang, especially that which borders on idiomatic phrases.

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    Itīs not so important, I think, because all the slangs changes each day...I think itīs just a way to show your students you know many things about english like culture or something like that.

    Cheers!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Teacher View Post
    Itīs not so important, I think, because all the slangs changes each day...I think itīs just a way to show your students you know many things about english like culture or something like that.

    Cheers!!!
    I agree. Also, it is just too hard to use, unless you are and have been in an immersive, English speaking country for many a year. Just like idioms, there is a subtlty of use that just can't be taught. Nuance....

    So do it only to motivate students a bit. Not too much. Not that effective a use of class time.

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    It's alright, especially if it's for conversation purposes. But I tell my students that slang is considered informal language and therefore cannot be used in all types of settings.

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    I'm working as a teacher in a primary school. No matter how strange this might be, I make use of cockney rimes to work phonetic discrimination together with voc. Strictly speaking, Cockney is not slang, I grant it , and yet it is important pupils should be exposed to variant forms.

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    Iīm currantly working on diploma thesis dealing with problem whether teach English slang words and phrases or not. I would like you to place your opinions on this issue.

    Thanx. Paul.

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    Bethany made a good point: slang is not a formal language and as such, in my opinion, it should not be taught at the expense of formal language tuition.

    Moreover, I don't buy the other comment about knowledge being power: to know slang would surely only bring credence within a narrow band of slang-users.

    People regardless of age pick up slang outside of the classroom anyway, so why bring it in?

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