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Activity No.: 2 Type of Activity: Matching Type
Activity Title: Colloquialism, Slang (Filler, Expression,
Contraction), and Jargon
Learning Targets: At the end of the lesson, I can distinguish
colloquialism, slang, and jargon.
1. I can underline the slang as filler, expression or
contraction in each statement/sentence.
2. I can classify whether the slang or colloquialism is
formal or informal.
Reference/s: Bustos- Orosa, M.A., PhD, English in
Perspective, Abiva Publishing House, Inc., Abiva Bldg.,
Ave., QC pp 39-42
Values: Politeness and appropriateness
I. Concept Notes
a. Colloquialism Comes from the Latin term “colloquium,” which means
“conference” or conversation.
As a literary device, it refers to the usage of informal or
everyday language in the literature.
Are generally geographic in nature… the colloquial
expressions often belong to a regional or local dialect
(Native speakers of a language understand and use
colloquialisms without realizing it, while non-native
speakers may find colloquial expressions hard to
This is because many colloquialisms are not literal usages
of words, but instead idiomatic or metaphorical sayings).
Can generally be understood across age and
socioeconomic barriers as long as the speakers are all
from the same geographic region.
b. Slang Is a style of language that is informal and is not
considered part of the standard language.
Usually slang is used by members of some limited
group. There are also expressions, fillers, and
contractions that are usually used in informal
Are used in specific social groups, like teenagers…
Slang: yup, nope
Expression: sure, guys
Filler: you know… hmmmm… aaahhh…
c. Jargon Is used only by certain groups, but it often refers to
words used in a particularly profession. For example,
the way in which lawyers speak is so specific to their
II. Learning Experiences
A. Checking for Understanding:
Directions: The sentences below contain examples of
slang, filler, expression, or contractions. Underline them in
1. A relative from abroad gave me some green bucks.
2. He got new red wheels.
3. There are many hot young men in our
4. Be careful of the unknown folks.
5. We’ve seen it.
Replace the slang words and expressions in
Activity 1 with word/s that is/are acceptable for
formal writing by rewriting each sentence by group
Study each expression below and tell whether
it is FORMAL or INFORMAL.
___________________1. Do you understand what to
___________________2. Anybody in here?
___________________3. Let us take a walk.
___________________4. Wanna bite?
___________________5. I would like to have a
and a soda.
B. Processing Questions:
1. Why are slangs or expression considered informal?
2. How does the formal expression differ from the