Photocopy the text message abbreviations and their standard English equivalents. You can either hand these out as a worksheet or cut them up into strips for students to match.
Ask your students how they send texts and to teach you a few tricks for messaging in their language. Then tell them that in English there are lots of ways to shorten texts.
- Give out the worksheet or cut up strips to each group of three or four students.
- Ask them to read the messages and to match them with their standard English equivalent.
- Tell them the answers and ask them if they have any equivalents in their L1.
|1) C U L8R M8||a) As far as I know|
|2) B4||b) Love you with all my heart|
|3) AFAIK||c) Boring|
|4) W8 4 ME, I'M L8, SOZ||d) Text me back|
|5) KIT||e) Have a nice day|
|6) RUOK?||f) See you later mate|
|7) LUWAMH||g) Keep in touch|
|8) HAND||h) Easy|
|9) Zzzzzzzzz||i) Are you okay?|
|10) KOTL||j) Wait for me, I’m late, sorry|
|11) TMB||k) See you tonight or tomorrow|
|12) 0 ME||l) By the way|
|13) EZ||m) Before|
|14) BTW||n) Ring me|
|15) C U 2NITE O 2MORO||o) Kiss on the lips|