Tuesday, July 10, 2007

ESL Slang Teaching Opportunities

I love when teaching opportunities present themselves during my ESL tutoring sessions; especially when the opportunity allows me to teach something that goes beyond regular grammar.

When teaching Past Tense pronunciation for regular verbs to ESL students, I often use a worksheet from Azar's Understanding and Using English Grammar. In a list of Past Tense verbs, they have the word "loaded." Of course, in this context, "loaded" is the past tense of the verb "load."

I always ask students if they know what this word means. Every single student I've asked tells me the correct definition of the verb "to load." I then ask if they know of any definitions for the word as an adjective not related to "to load." No one ever knows. Do you?



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Anonymous said...

"he's loaded" = "he's drunk" :)