Oftentimes students (and let's face it, even many adults) do not know the difference between colloquialism, slang, and jargon. What words would be correctly called slang?
Why does my teacher write "colloquial" in the margins of my essays? I have created this PowerPoint presentation to guide students through the distinctions by using cartoons, definitions, examples, and little "tricks" to demystify and illustrate the difference.
This PowerPoint is made up of seventeen slides, but it would be more accurate to say that there are six full "content" slides. (The other slides simply help ease the transition from definitions to examples.)
This lesson can be given within 30 minutes and referred to later to reinforce learning. The PDF worksheet takes another 30 or 45 minutes to have students work through and go over as a class
The PowerPoint slides have been designed to allow for attractive print versions so they may then be put up in the classroom to support learning, as well. In no time, your students will stop their head-scratching trying to figure it all out.
As mentioned, included herein is a two-page worksheet (and Answer Key) to review with the students afterward the lesson. Examples are provided and students must figure out which is is colloquial, which is slang, and which is jargon. They also have to rewrite examples they are given, and come up with some of their own which can be fun to review as a class and see what you students come up with, making for great and amusing class discussion! :-)