Exploring college slang

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Northern New England TESOL Logo On Saturday, May 3rd, 2008, I’ll be at the Northern New England TESOL conference to give a talk about the Middlebury Slang Project. In January of 2008, students in a course I was teaching at Middlebury College collected slang from their fellow students. They then wrote dictionary definitions, winnowed the list, surveyed fellow students to determine frequency, and put it all together on a web site, complete with audio files for the ones that are more difficult to pronounce. You can see the resulting web site here. I’ll be joined in this presentation by one of the students in the course, Alexis Mussomeli. Warning, the contents of the site are definitely R-rated as befits the primary interests of college age students. See a photo of the presentation here: Slang Presentation NNE TESOL Download copies of the handout and PowerPoint presentation here.

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  2. Alex Case Reply

    That is such a good idea, I hope I’m in a situation where I can do something similar one day.

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