Free ESL Lesson Plans on American Slang

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American Slang Lessons

When I taught ESL in the US, my classes focused on slang, pronunciation, and conversation.

Slang / Accents

I used the Slangman: Guide to Street Speak books in my conversation classes, which teach common slang words and reduced forms of speech. I created quizzes for each chapter of the first book. (I also used Focus on Pronunciation in the same classes, so some parts of the quizzes test pronunciation.) The dictations at the end of the quizzes generally focused on the vocabulary and reduced form lesson from each chapter. Another book that teaches essential slang and idioms is A Year in the Life of an ESL Student.

Review of Reduced Forms in Slangman
Quiz 1
Quiz 1 Answer Key
Quiz 2
Quiz 2 Answer Key
Quiz 3
Quiz 3 Answer Key
Quiz 4
Quiz 4 Answer Key
Quiz 5
Quiz 5 Answer Key
Quiz 6

Quiz 6 Answer Key

Quiz 7 (Chapters 7-8)
Quiz 7 Answer Key
Quiz 8 (Chapters 9-10)
Quiz 8 Answer Key
Quiz 9 (Chapters 7-10)
Quiz 9 Answer Key
Quiz 10 (Final Quiz)
Quiz 10 Answer Key

Keep in mind that your students may have had assistants in the past who spoke with different accents and they may be confused if they don't realize that you speak with a different one. I like to expose my students to as many accents as possible, so I often use Dr. Ladefoged's recordings of "Arthur the Rat" in five accents of English. The Speech Accent Archive also has a large collection of sound files of speakers of English. I hand out this list of links near the end of the semester so that students can use the internet at home to learn more about slang words and English accents:

Helpful Links for Slang & Accents

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