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Teaching slang and idiomsIf a teacher gives two hoots about making sure their students can have fluent conversations in english then they would be muppets if they overlooked the importance of idioms and slang. Using colloquialisms in a written text may look out of place but in the playground, the workplace and on the television they are commonplace. It follows that if a student’s aim is to converse with native speakers, understanding these peculiarities is essential. A good teacher will want to furnish their students both with what they need and what they wish to learn (Unit 19 ITTT coursebook), so they should incorporate slang phrases and idioms into their lessons. It is clear from teachers’ experience that students’ relish in being given these little insights and shortcuts into “real life” english, particularly from a native speaking teacher. For example, on the DVD accompanying The Practice of english Language Teaching by Jeremy Harmer, teacher Laura creates interest by explaining the use of "-ish" when it arose organically in one of her lessons. While not strictly slang, the reason the class was so