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Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


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Computer(s), Internet access, projector (for class presentation)

Activity Description

Ever wonder what some technology terms mean or what text shorthand represents in texts, tweets, or e-mails? Net Lingo seems to be a "one stop shop" for all tech terms and tech shorthand. You can browse their dictionary, you can look by category, they have a "word of the day" feature, and even an iPhone app for 99ยข. Very useful tool in keeping up with technology for you and your students.


  1. Preview the site.
  2. Create a handout with text messages full of abbreviations.
  3. As an alternative, follow the above Example Document "Text Messaging Lesson Plan" from Cambridge. You may want to make some modifications to the handouts since there are British English terms used.


  1. Discuss online communication and how it is usually not correct English grammar or spelling.
  2. Display online e-mail or text messages (using abbreviations).
  3. Demonstrate how to use the Web site to look up words/acronyms/abbreviations.
  4. Distribute handout with messages for students to 'translate.'

Teacher Tips

This site is a good resource site, but needs practice to show how to use it.

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Alternate site that also identifies text message symbols.



  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced


Basic Communication

  • (0.1) Communicate in interpersonal interactions

Basic Communication

  • (7.7) Demonstrate the ability to use information and communication technology
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.