ERIC Number: ED059218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
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Increasing Language Awareness through the Study of Slang.
Eschholz, Paul A.; Rosa, Alfred F.
The Leaflet, v70 n3 p12-21 September 1971
This article describes a project-oriented approach to teaching language awareness at the college freshman level. It is emphasized that it is important for students to realize that language is dynamic and that it changes because people change. The study of slang can make the student aware of the changeableness of a living language. Students were asked to be attentive to the use of slang terms in the university community in particular and then to fill out 3x5 data collection cards, with one card for each word or term. Once these cards were submitted, they were edited, and repetitions and obvious and non-slang terms were eliminated. A 19-page dictionary with space for redefining and a method of indicating the frequency of usage of the terms was then compiled. It was found that for the students, the group nature of the work they were doing and the naturalness and practicality of their assignments were impressive features of the project. They understood the necessity of investigating the data that they compiled and they found themselves actually working with the dynamics of the language, its etymologies, word-formation techniques, and the mechanisms of language. (Author/CK)
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