Understanding Language Registers as a Means to More Effective Communication

This lesson plan uses fairy tales to identify different registers of language (code-switching) in order to teach effective communication skills. Learners become familiar with registers of language through class discussion and exposure to examples of a common fairy tale written in two different registers. Working in small groups, learners then translate a story into two different registers. Learners will have a clear understanding of registers of language, will be able to distinguish between different registers, and will be able to utilize these registers for more effective communication by conveying ideas in writing, speaking so others can understand, and through cooperating with others.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0601.2.6
Understand strategies for expressing ideas clearly and effectively in a variety of oral contexts.
GLE 0601.2.7
Deliver effective oral presentations.
GLE 0601.2.8
Participate in work teams and group discussions.
GLE 0701.2.5
Understand strategies for expressing ideas clearly and effectively in a variety of oral contexts.
GLE 0701.2.6
Deliver effective oral presentations.
GLE 0701.2.7
Participate in work teams and group discussions.
GLE 0801.2.5
Understand strategies for expressing ideas clearly and effectively in a variety of oral contexts.
GLE 0801.2.6
Deliver effective oral presentations.
GLE 0801.2.7
Participate in work teams and group discussions.
 
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Learning objectives: 

Learning Objective:

Learners will have a clear understanding of registers of language, will be able to distinguish between different registers, and will be able to utilize these registers for more effective communication.

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Understanding

Helpful Hints

Materials and Resources: 

Book: 

  • A framework for understanding and working with students and adults from poverty (Copyright, 1995, Ruby K. Payne, RFT Publishing)

Handouts:

  • Language Registers
  • Story in formal register
  • Story in casual register

 

 

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