In this lesson students discuss different types of jargon, learn some vocabulary to describe that something is easy or difficult to understand, and share their thoughts about the article they read at home.
This is a Critical Reading Club worksheet. With this format, students need to read an online article at home and do the exercises in the classroom. Learn more about how to use such worksheets and their benefits in our post.
At the beginning of the lesson, students read the definition of the word jargon and think of some examples (like legalese from the article). They also share what they remember about the jargon from the article. After that, students decide which of the words in the box mean ‘easy to understand’, and which ‘difficult to understand’ (e.g. unintelligible, unambiguous). They also need to come up with possible synonyms to each set of words. Then, they read four statements and check their understanding of the bolded words and phrases (e.g. explicitly, in layman’s terms). They also decide if the statements are true for them. Finally, students look at five types of jargon and discuss whether they understand or speak the jargons, what their benefits are, and whether they are used to describe ideas explicitly, or are unintelligible on purpose.
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