FOCUS Vocabulary: SMS language
TIME 45 min + 13 min video

The lesson plan is based on a very interesting speech titled “Txtng is killing language. JK!!!” by John McWhorter. The talk touches upon the development of language, especially in terms of SMS.

The worksheet includes many various exercises. The lesson starts with a warm-up activity, i.e. a short discussion about language. In the task, students have to match phrases from the video with their endings. Then, they watch the video and check their answers. Again, there is a discussion on the issues mentioned in the talk. Next three exercises are very practical. First of all, students have to guess the meaning of abbreviations used in text messages. I think it is most reasonable to do this task in pairs as some students may find it quite demanding. The next task is to rewrite messages and it is followed by the last exercise which can be done at home.

The speech lasts for about 13 minutes, so you can easily watch it during the lesson, which then should take you around 60 minutes.







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