Relevance of Slang and Idioms in the Classroom | ITTT TEFL BLOG

Relevance of Slang and Idioms in the Classroom | ITTT TEFL BLOG

With a flash of exasperation my Colombian friend, José, inquired, “Why do you always say it like that?” I paused unsure to what he was referring. José continued, “We’re the same age and you’ve lived here for months but you still greet me like I’m a long-lost grandfather.” As I prepare to teach English abroad, this interaction forced me to confront the question of slang and idioms (SI) in the classroom. Is it appropriate to teach slang and idioms to learners of English as a foreign language (LEFL)?

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