Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Tahtinen-Pacheco, Sarah


This thesis investigated the use and acquisition of slang by ELL/EFL learners. Additionally, it sought to better understand if slang is being taught in ELL/EFL classrooms, what are effective methods to teach slang, and if learning environment is a factor in the acquisition. Thirty-five scientifically-based research studies were reviewed to help answer these questions. The investigation also found 4 of the 5 of the studies, examining if slang was being taught in ELL/EFL classrooms, were providing lessons in slang. Furthermore, research indicated numerous resources and materials available for aiding the teaching of slang which included social media, popular TV and movies, and folklore. Lastly, it suggests that environment plays a small role in acquisition as students are more able to interact with native English speakers regardless of their geographical location.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis