Texting Abbreviations – A Whatsapp Lesson!

This lesson was initialized as a very long ice-breaker to the subjects of digital communication. My 9th grade students were glad to discover that the text book connections (ECB publish house), presented them with texting abbreviations. They thought it was very cool.


My purpose was to open the subject with a real experience of texting, together with challenging the students in composing and writing a dialogue.


Preparation: I asked one of the students to open a Whatsapp group for the class. As I entered the lesson, I made it clear that anyone who will insert irrelevant comments will be deleted from the group. It is important to note that the activity can be done in a forum of any kind, but since we are dealing with text messaging, I wanted it to be as real as possible.


Process:

1. I asked the students what abbreviations they use in Hebrew when they text and they gave me a few examples.

2. I asked the students to take their phone (at least one per table) and I sent them a few samples found on the web:

3. the students read from each pictures in “role plays”.

4. I sent the link to “texting abbreviations” website to the students and gave them the following assignment:


With a partner, make up two characters. Try to find something interesing. It could even be an astornaout and a Macdonalds’ worker, the sun and the moon etc.

Compose a dialogue between the two characters, with at least 8-10 sentences. Use as much texting abbreviations as possible.

In your notebook, write the abbreviated version and the regular English version.

Copy the abbreviated version and send it to the group on whatsapp.


The students enjoyed and were very occupied. They had to find the appropriate words for their story, match suitable abbreviations and sometimes change the words in order to find abbreviations. Here is some of their early work: can you understand? 🙂

Two Girls Talking

Whats up girl, what are you doing? 

Great, thank you, what about you? 

I will see you tonight. It is going to be great. 

It’s a date!

I’ll be there. 

By the way, please call me later. 

Ok, be seeing you. 

bye. 

Great.

A Birthday Party


Whats up? Tomorrow in the weekend I celebrate my birthday party. Will you be there? Please call me.

I don’t know. I’ll see it over and write back.

Thank you.

By the way, can I bring my boyfriend?

As far as I know you didn’t have a boyfriend.

Dan is my boyfriend.

Laugh out loud! Dan is my boyfriend and by the way you are not invited to my birthday party.

Break up over the phone…

 Sahar, I need to tell you something…if you see (this message) please call me.

why? whats up?

I don’t know how to tell you.

Please tell me.

I want to break up.

But why?

I will talk to you tomorrow. I got to go.

A daughter is using her texting abbreviations to mislead her father to grant her permission for a date. 

Whats up dad? Tonight I have a date. I will be late. Is it ok?

I’m ok, It’s ok you can go. How are you?

I feel great. Thank you. see you later.

Wait a second, with who are you doing your homework?

With no one.

Speak English!!!

See you, Got to go….

 

Digital Flashcards – What can you do with Quizlet?

Quizlet is a website that gives the students motivation to learn vocabulary – it is simply fun!

On quizlet, student creates sets of words and translations, or words and definitions. It is also possible for the teacher to create the sets for them. 

The sets of words are kept in every student/teacher account and they can practice any time – on the computer or the smartphone app. 

After a set of words is created, here are the practice options:

You can also search sets of words on any subject, save them as your own, edit and share them with your students. 

Another good feature is adding pictures. This is great for your visual learners. You can add a picture to any word and it will be presented on the flashcard. 

I use it for all the vocabulary we have in the textbooks. The kids search the meaning of the words in the glossary of the book, and insert it into the app to create flashcards. It gives them the option to review and practice the words by themselves.

What do you – or the students – do?

1. sign up to the website. 

2. Click on “create a set”. 

3. Choose the language for the term and for the definition. Quizlet does not read aloud Hebrew, but it recognizes it and will read aloud the English definition.

4. When you finish, name the set (the students can copy the name from the textbook), and click “create”. 

5. Now, a set is ready. the students can use the flashcards, practice with 3 different exercises and 2 games. The teacher can click on the test and print out a test for the students. 

Share a set – I usually ask one of the students to share the set with me. It then appears on my quizlet and of course the student feels great – they love to help 🙂

English definition – more skilled students can choose both term and definition in English. Quizlet suggest definitions and the students should choose the right one. 

Search – you can browse the many quizlet sets other teacher have prepared according to the subject you are going to teach. Once you find something interesting, you can save it and edit it for your purpose. 

Here are two online tutorials: 

Eva Earnst:

“secondary solutions blog”:

My students love it – Try it yourselves! 

Mobile & Active learning – Irregular Verbs Practice

Over the last few months I have been teaching the simple past, present perfect and the passive in several classes. I have looked for a way that students will learn and practice the irregular verbs in a fun way. The result is here and you may use it yourselves directly from the provided links.

 Quizlet Learn and Practice (There’s a complete post on quizlet here). 

In this public link, the students can learn the words in 4 different learning methods (flash cards, learn, speller and test) and practice using two games: space race and scatter. They don’t have to sign up in order to practice.

 Quizizz mobile quiz – 4 different quizes.

On Quizizz, every teacher or student can create an online quiz which is quite fun. There are also many public quizizz on many subjects that you can copy, edit or use (watch a youtube guide).

1. Click on the link to the quiz of your choice.

2. Click “play”.

3. Click “proceed”.

A code to the game will appear on your desktop.

The students, on their mobile devices or in the computer lab, enter the link Join.quizizz.com and enter the code.

Each student is tested in his own pace. I gave 30 seconds to each question but you can change it if you register and “duplicate” my quiz.

The quizizz are: