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Cambridge ESOL: Skills for Life: Text messages

Level: Pre-intermediate Type: Teaching notes

This lesson aims to help students understand abbreviations commonly used in text messages.

  • Age group: Young adults / adults
  • Level: Entry 3
  • Time: At least 1 hour
  • Skill focus: Abbreviations, text message language and reading for meaning
  • Sub skills: Basic punctuation (capitals, full stops, and apostrophes)
  • Materials: Worksheets
  • Curriculum references: Rw/E3.7a, Rt/L1.5a

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Readers' comments (4)

  • Hi there,

    Thanks for the feedback. The instructions have been altered so the language is now less judgemental.

    Hope that helps.
    The onestopenglish team

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  • This would be a great lesson except for the judgemental language used in the instructions ("bad grammar" "write the sentences in good English"). Instead of teaching this as a useful part of the English language that is seen in movies, books, and other aspects of culture, it is being used to subtlely turn students into grammar pendants. Like it or not, text forms are commonly used and students should be taught how and when to use them appropriately.

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  • Hi Wien,

    Excellent to hear you found it helpful. Did you want to find more lesson plans on text messages or ESOL?

    All of the ESOL material can be found here

    Let us know if that's not what you were looking for.

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  • I found the ESOL Skills for Life text messages lesson plan very helpful and would like to use more material of that kind.
    Is there any on this website?

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