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I also agree with Lauren about “text speak” not having a place in the classroom. I think some students don’t even consider it – there was no texting when I went to school, but for these kids it is a major, every day activity. We need to remind them that texting has it’s place, and not to use the same type of informal slang and abbreviations in assignments.
Teaching ideas based on New York Times content.
As for the warning about where and when to include slang, students should be asked to explore their audience and discuss which slang terms are likely to remain ingrained in our culture and which are not.
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Although instant and text/SMS messaging is beginning to supplant email for some groups' primary means of Internet communication, effective and appropriate email etiquette is still important. This resource will help you to become an effective writer and reader/manager of email.
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Once they’ve considered the list and offered their ideas, ask them if they are surprised to learn that all of these words were added in the March 2011 O.E.D. update. Why or why not?
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Walk around the room, peering over shoulders and choose a few of the more appropriate dialogues. Ask a few of these groups to perform their conversations for the class.
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Tell students that they will be using the “interweb” to investigate slang. Their task will be to adopt a word and trace its origins as a means of investigating the relationship between language and culture. Students can draw from the of words added to the O.E.D. in its most recent update or choose another slang word they use or hear frequently. They will then showcase the word’s literal meanings, connotations and related words visually.
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This handout will explain the difference between active and passive voice in writing. It gives examples of both, and shows how to turn a passive sentence into an active one. Also, it explains how to decide when to choose passive voice instead of active.
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The , and are good starting places online. (Note that this last resource is intended for parents, which would make for good discussion in the classroom. Some entries in these dictionaries may be unsuitable for some students; many contain strong language.) If your school or nearby university library has an Oxford English Dictionary, encourage students to consult that, too.