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Why Americans Say the Word "Like"

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Video Length: 6:26

Updated on: 05/01/2020

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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Lesson Description

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a report about how and why Americans use the word "like". It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about language, the Beat Generation, and the functions of the word "like". Students learn some important vocabulary words, phrases, expressions, and prepositions from the video. The grammar activity features the usage of the word "like". There is a quiz and review with a bonus activity included.

Video Description

Have you ever, like, wondered why people, like, talk like this? The word "like" and its prevalence in modern American speech have baffled linguists and frustrated listeners worldwide. But what started this annoying trend might have actually been a mistake. All it needed was one song parodying the girls from California's San Fernando Valley in the '70s to make it one of the most widely used words in the English language.

Lesson Activities

Language, the Beat Generation
Short Answers, Usage of the word "like"
Nouns, Verbs, San Fernando Valley slang
"Like" Usages/Functions
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity

Lesson Topics

English Language, American English

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