|Diss||Don't do an Eddie|
|Boss||I blew my mind|
The above words show a very small subset of the "technical" vocabulary children and adolescents use in social situations (some of which are likely already "out of date"). Memorizing the list of "in" vocabulary words is just the first step in being able to use them when interacting with peers. Students must also determine which words they can use with a particular audience, use them in a fluent and semantically correct manner, and voice them with credibility. For example, an adult probably couldn't credibly use any of the above words with their peers, or with their child's peer group.
It can be very helpful for students to develop an understanding of the language of their peers, even though they may never use that language.
Here are some strategies to help student develop their ability to use the language of their peer group.