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Teaching Slang and IdiomsSlangs and idioms, or figurative languge, can be confusing: it’s raining cats and dogs; this is ticking me off, and it can easily cause frustration with students. That doesn’t mean, however, that slang and idioms have no place. To ensure that the slang and idioms are understood and used by the students, teachers must consider the type of course being taught and the reason behind teaching specific phrases. If students were only ever interested in or required to use written english, one might be able to argue that there is no place for teaching slang or other casual figurative language in the classroom. However, if a student wants to read and write more than user manuals, they will come across figurative language, and they will need to know how to use it. Slang and idioms will crop up in class whether it’s consciously done or not. Barbara Palmer, et. al. wrote about a study done in 1989 that stated that “ teachers use idiomatic expressions in roughly 1 out of every 10 words when addressing the class” (258). Clearly teachers are using slang and idioms in the classroom, perhaps without even realizing it, and it would be helpful students to know basic figurative language expressions for their understanding of the day-to-day class lessons. There is