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Teaching Slang and IdiomsTeaching slang and idiom is not only important to allow students to be able to communicate in a real world situation, but it can have a positive effect on motivation because students have a desire to communicate with native speakers and, as Lieb states, ‘…it offers both relevancy and authenticity…If students feel that what they are studying is relevant to their everyday lives, and usable when communicating with native speakers, they will be more motivated to study…Its more colourful and descriptive terminology…[and] engages minds through humour, sarcasm and cynicism.’ However, there has always been controversy surrounding teaching idioms and slang in the EFL classroom. Dimitrios Thanasoulas states, ‘As for teachers, it seems that they would be better off without [idioms]…on reflection, this stands to reason. By virtue of there being a great, overwhelming difficulty on the student's as well as on the teacher's part in tackling indisputably "thorny" and abstruse idioms…”’ I feel this citation shows the attitude of many teachers that teaching slang and idioms is too difficult and overwhelming, can be inappropriate and that time could be spent more productively elsewhere. Instead of simply condemning these teachers, I think we should