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Informal words and phrases

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The following ESL resources are available for Informal words and phrases:

worksheets (10)
book references (7)
quiz (1)
tools (1)
 
 
 
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Introduction to functions and chunks
List of functions + some examples of 'chunks' for particular functions
 
 

 

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Informal phrases matching
Walk around matching supplement to Speaking & Listening Advanced, unit 16
 
 

 

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Informal phrases dominoes game
Dominoes game of informal phrases
 
 

 

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Chav nativity
Version of the Christmas story in modern London / SE British slang circulated on the Internet c.2005
 
 

 

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Informal phrases dominoes game
Dominoes game 16 matches
 
 

 

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Sharon's bikkies
Informal language: jigsaw dialogue between two colleagues involving an argument over biscuits
 
 

 

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Natural and unnatural conversations
Students order lines in two conversations. The situations are identical (making an arrangement to meet for dinner), but one is full of unnatural written vocabulary, the other uses informal spoken language.
 
 

 

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Written and spoken words
Thirty common words for students to sort into 'more often written' and 'more often spoken' lists + 14 sentences that use words that would normally be found in written English. Ss change them so they sound more natural in spoken English.
 
 

 

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Common phrases: pubs and restuarants 2
(1) Grid of 36 common spoken phrases and expressions useful for a pub or restaurant (various functions including informal offers, requests and situation-specific functions - asking for food preferences etc. These can be cut up, divided between students who have to try to use them in a simple pub / restaurant role-play. (2) The same phrases + others arrranged in a table of functions
 
 

 

 
 
 
Informal language quiz 1 (226)
Mulitple-choice quiz. Test your knowledge of informal words and phrases.
 
 

 

 
Tools
 
 
Urban Dictionary (446)
Web dictionary of user-contributed slang words and phrases. Contains over 5 million entries as of 2011.
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Advanced book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Advanced 

Ceri Jones   Tania Bastow   
 
Unit 1 Identity  Pages 11 - 12  My girl
Madness song, My Girl Listening: boy / girlfriend row
 
 
Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
 
Unit 1 Friends  Page 12 
Words and phrases from songs: I wanna hold your hand It ain't me etc.
 
 
New Inside Out Student's Book Advanced book cover 

New Inside Out Student's Book Advanced 

Ceri Jones   Tania Bastow   
 
Unit 1 Conversation  Page 12   Useful phrases
Useful phrases for informal conversations with strangers
 
 
New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
 
Unit 1 Impressions  Page 13   Writing: informal letter
Letter to a penfriend in formal, business style. Students substitute informal words and phrases.
 
Unit 1 Impressions  Page 12   useful phrases
Short dialogue featuring common informal expressions
 
Unit 2 Generations  Page 20   Reading and listening
Two dialogues in different register following on from previous material: 1 - boyfriend / girlfriend (informal) 2 - boyfriend / girlfriend's parents (more formal)
 
Unit 3 Gold  Page 32   Useful phrases (money)
 
 

ESL lesson plans

Politics and the US Election

Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: political issues.
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Gender discrimination at work

Complete lesson Vocabulary: work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.
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Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)
 

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
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