OLL Session 6 British Slangs


step1-resized200x209 Click the video to know about Top 10 British Slang Terms.

(The video comes from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiO3pitT4ko)

step2-how-to-make-wordpress-websiteWatch the video again. Explain the meanings of the British slang terms in your own words.




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30 Awesome British Slang Terms You Should Start Using Immediately

(The passage comes from: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/30-awesome-british-slang-terms-you-should-start-using-immediately.html)

British slang is a niche of its own, evolving and transforming and adapting from city to city and from year to year, just as the English language itself has done. While American slang has become nearly universal with the influx of TV shows, films, and other media filling the screens of a significant majority of the media-viewing global population, there is so much more available once you dig beneath the surface of British slang terms and can discover some real gems beneath the surface.

So, if you’re an aspiring Anglophile looking for some new lingo to help fuel your love for all things British, or you just fancy seeing what kind of words the British find themselves using their day-to-day, check out our thirty best British slang terms for you to start using and incorporating into your vocabulary immediately…

1. Mate
‘Mate’ – one of the commonly used terms of endearment and affection in British slang terms. Used when you are talking to a close friend, and is often easily substituted for the American ‘buddy’, ‘pal’, or ‘dude’.

For example, ‘Alright, mate?’

2. Bugger All
‘Bugger all’ – a British slang term used to be a more vulgar synonym for ‘nothing at all’.

For example, ‘I’ve had bugger all to do all day.’

3. Knackered
‘Knackered’ – a great word and phrase used by Britons to describe their tiredness and exhaustion, in any given situation. Often substituted in friendly circles for ‘exhausted’.

For example, ‘I am absolutely knackered after working all day.’

4. Gutted
‘Gutted’ – a British slang term that is one of the saddest on the lists in terms of pure contextual emotion. To be ‘gutted’ about a situation means to be devastated and saddened.

For example, ‘His girlfriend broke up with him. He’s absolutely gutted.’

5. Gobsmacked

‘Gobsmacked’ – a truly British expression meaning to be shocked and surprised beyond belief. The expression is believed by some to come literally from ‘gob’ (a British expression for mouth), and the look of shock that comes from someone hitting it.

For example. ‘I was gobsmacked when she told me she was pregnant with triplets.’

6. Cock Up
‘Cock up’ – a British slang term that is far from the lewdness its name suggests. A ‘cock up’ is a mistake, a failure of large or epic proportions.

For example, ‘The papers sent out to the students were all in the wrong language – it’s a real cock up.’ Also, ‘I cocked up the orders for table number four.’

7. Blinding
‘Blinding’ – a slang term that is far from something that physically causes someone to lose their sight. ‘Blinding’ is a positive term meaning excellent, great, or superb.

For example, ‘That tackle from the Spanish player was blinding.’

8. Lost The Plot
‘Lost the plot’ is one that can actually be discerned by examining the words themselves. To ‘lose the plot’ can mean either to become angry and/or exasperated to a fault, or in a derogatory – if slightly outdated sense – to mean someone who has become irrational and/or acting ridiculously.

For example, ‘When my girlfriend saw the mess I’d made, she lost the plot.’

9. Cheers
‘Cheers’ doesn’t quite have the same meaning that it does in other counties – of course, it still means ‘celebrations’ when toasting a drink with some friends, but in British slang, it also means ‘thanks’ or ‘thank you’.

For example, ‘Cheers for getting me that drink, Steve’.

10. Ace
‘Ace’ – a British slang term that means something that is brilliant or excellent. Can also mean to pass something with flying colors.

For example, ‘Jenny is ace at the lab experiments’, or, for the latter definition, ‘I think I aced that exam’.

11. Damp Squib
More of an usual term, a ‘damp squib’ in British slang terms refers to something which fails on all accounts, coming from the ‘squib’ (an explosive), and the propensity for them to fail when wet.

For example, ‘The party was a bit of a damp squib because only Richard turned up.’

12. All To Pot
Slightly more of an outdated version, this British slang term is still used, and its meaning remains relevant today. ‘All to pot’ refers to a situation going out of your control and failing miserably.

For example, ‘The birthday party went all to pot when the clown turned up drunk and everyone was sick from that cheap barbecue stuff.’

13. The Bee’s Knees
The bee’s knees – a rather lovely term used to describe someone or something you think the world of.

For example, ‘She thinks Barry’s the bee’s knees’. Can also be used sarcastically in this same sense.

14. Chunder
Not a wonderfully melodic word, ‘chunder’ is part and parcel of British slang terms. Meaning ‘to vomit’ or ‘to be sick’, ‘chunder’ is almost always used in correlation with drunken nights, or being hugely ill and sick.

For example, ‘I ate a bad pizza last night after too many drinks and chundered in the street.’

15. Taking The Piss
Given the British tendency to mock and satirise anything and everything possible, ‘taking the piss’ is in fact one of the most popular and widely-used British slang terms. To ‘take the piss’ means to mock something, parody something, or generally be sarcastic and derisive towards something.

For example, ‘The guys on TV last night were taking the piss out of the government again.’

16. Bollocks
Perhaps one of the most internationally famous British slang terms, ‘bollocks’ has a multitude of uses, although its top ones including being a curse word used to indicate dismay, e.g. ‘Oh bollocks’; it can also be used to express derision and mocking disbelief, e.g. ‘You slept with Kate Upton last night? Bollocks…’; and, of course, it also refers to the scrotum and testicles.

For example, ‘I kicked him right in the bollocks when he wouldn’t let me go past.’

17. Fortnight
‘Fortnight’ – a British slang term more commonly used by virtually everyone in the UK to mean ‘a group of two weeks’.

For example, ‘I’m going away for a fortnight to Egypt for my summer holiday.’

18. Bollocking
Very different to the ‘bollocks’ of the previous suggestion, a ‘bollocking’ is a telling-off or a severe or enthusiastic reprimand from a boss, co-worker, partner, or anyone you like, for a misdemeanour.

For example, ‘My wife gave me a real bollocking for getting to pick up the dry cleaning on my way home from work.’

19. Nice One
‘Nice one’ – used almost always sarcastically in common British lexicon, although it can be used sincerely depending on the context.

For example, ‘You messed up the Rutherford order? Nice one, really.’

20. Brass Monkeys
A more obscure British term, ‘brass monkeys’ is used to refer to extremely cold weather. The phrase comes from the expression, ‘it’s cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey’.

For example, ‘You need to wear a coat today, it’s brass monkeys outside.’

21. Dodgy
In British slang terms, ‘dodgy’ refers to something wrong, illegal, or just plain ‘off’, in one way or another.

For example, it can be used to mean illegal – ‘He got my dad a dodgy watch for Christmas’; it can be used to mean something food-related that is nauseous or nauseating – ‘I had a dodgy kebab last night and I don’t feel right.; and it can also be used as a pejorative – ‘He just seems dodgy to me.’

22. Scrummy
One of the more delightful British slang terms in this list, ‘scrummy’ is used as a wonderfully effusive term for when something is truly delicious and mouth-wateringly good.

For example, ‘Mrs Walker’s pie was absolutely scrummy. I had three pieces.’

23. Kerfuffle
Another rather delightful and slightly archaic words in this list of British slang terms is ‘kerfuffle’. ‘Kerfuffle’ describes a skirmish or a fight or an argument caused by differing views.

For example, ‘I had a right kerfuffle with my girlfriend this morning over politics.’

24. Tosh
A nifty little British term that means ‘rubbish’ or ‘crap’.

For example, ‘That’s a load of tosh about what happened last night’, or ‘Don’t talk tosh.’

25. Car Park
One of the more boring and technical terms on this list, a ‘car park’ is in effect, the place outside or attached to a building where people park their cars. The British equivalent to the American ‘parking lot’ or ‘parking garage’.

For example, ‘I left my car in the car park this morning.’

26. Skive
‘Skive’ – a British slang term used to indicate when someone has failed to turn up for work or an obligation due to pretending to fake illness. Most commonly used with schoolchildren trying to get out of school, or dissatisfied office workers trying to pull a sick day.

For example, ‘He tried to skive off work but got caught by his manager.’

27. Rubbish
One of the most commonly-used British phrases, ‘rubbish’ is used to mean both general waste and trash, and to also express disbelief in something to the point of ridicule (in this sense it is a much-more PG-friendly version of ‘bollocks’.)

For example, it can be used respectively, in, ‘Can you take the rubbish out please?’, and ‘What? Don’t talk rubbish.’

28. Wanker
Oh, ‘wanker’. Possibly the best British insult on the list, it fits a certain niche for a single-worded insult to lobbied out in a moment of frustration, anger, provocation, or, of course, as a jest amongst friends. ‘Wanker’ fits the closest fit by ‘jerk’ or ‘asshole’, but to a slightly higher value.

For example, ‘That guy just cut me up in traffic – what a wanker.’

29. Hunky-Dory
‘Hunky-dory’ – a neat little piece of British slang that means that a situation is okay, cool, or normal.

For example, ‘Yeah, everything’s hunky-dory at the office.’

30. Brilliant
The last, but most certainly not least, term on this list, ‘brilliant’ is not a word exclusively in the British lexicon, but has a very British usage. Specifically, when something is exciting or wonderful, particularly when something is good news, ‘brilliant’ can mean as such.

For example, ‘You got the job? Oh, mate, that’s brilliant.’


11Four students work together to play a scene drama by using at least 10 British slangs in the following worksop.


OLL Session 3 Rude Gestures in Britain.

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(The video comes from: https://youtu.be/HrZnhHt7AuA)


step2-how-to-make-wordpress-websiteWatch the video again. Look at the pictures below and guess the meaning of the pictures in Britain.


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step3-resized200x209 Read the passage below to know more about gestures in Britain.

What is a rude hand gesture and what is okay to use in the UK?

(The passage comes from: http://greatbritishmag.co.uk/lifestyle/what-is-a-rude-hand-gesture-and-what-is-okay-to-use-in-the-uk/?uid=10784)

GESTURING is a wonderful thing. When words fail, you can always wave your hands about in exasperation and people will usually understand what you’re trying to say to them. But we realise these gestures are not universal. Doing a gesture that means ‘hello’ in your country might not mean the same thing over here. In fact it might even land you in a bit of trouble. What might be an innocent enough hand signal to you might mean the most offensive thing to the other person.

So, to save yourself any embarrassment, or a black eye, here are GB Mag’s list of top hand gestures to help you communicate with other people in the UK and the ones to avoid:

1. The wave 

Beautifully simple. It can either be an energetic childish flail from left to right, or the regal display often made by the Queen. Take your pick.

2. The salute

This is a more relaxed and casual way of greeting. Used when you already know the person and merely want to acknowledge that you’ve seen them.

Typically used when walking past someone in the street or in the shops. Not usually used as a conversation opener.

3. The two-fingered salute (V-sign)

This one is not a greeting, not unless you know the person very well! This insult is used to express your distaste for a person or their actions. The opposite sign to peace, this gesture can result in an aggressive response. If someone does this to you in the street simply walk away.

A quick tip, don’t try ordering drinks at the bar with this hand gesture either!

4. The ‘w*#ker’ sign

A very colloquial sign. This gesture involves you moving your hand back and forth as if you are massaging a big cucumber. This (as you probably guessed) is used as an insult.

5. The middle finger

This gesture means the same as the two fingered salute, but only uses the middle finger. Used to express displeasure at a person, and usually means you want them to leave you alone.

6. Pointing

This is not used as an insult, but deemed a rude action when in public. Pointing directly at a person whilst talking about/to them is not the done thing in the UK. Doing this can cause people to get irritated, offended or they’ll just walk away from you.

All of these gestures can make the difference when you’re talking to Brits. But make sure you use them in the right situations and with the right people…


step4-resized200x209Explain the meanings of the gestures in British culture.


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middle-finger                          pointing

(Above pictures come from http://greatbritishmag.co.uk/lifestyle/what-is-a-rude-hand-gesture-and-what-is-okay-to-use-in-the-uk/?uid=10784)



11Find some friendly gesture in British culture and share your findings with your classmates in the following workshop.

OLL Session 1 British Stereotypes.

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(The video comes from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC8apbGEFM4)


step2-how-to-make-wordpress-websiteWatch the video again.  Look at the pictures and guess which stereotype it indicates.

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step3-resized200x209Look through the pictures and classify the stereotypes into “true” or “false”.

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 step4-resized200x209Read the  passage below and learn more about British stereotypes.


Cultural British Stereotypes and How to Deal With Them

(The passage comes from: http://www.movehub.com/blog/cultural-british-stereotypes)

All over the globe people tend to have similar preconceived notions of what a standard British civilian looks, walks, talks and acts like. Some of the British stereotypes, I can confirm, are quite accurate whilst others can be pretty hilarious but also a little unfair.

Every culture has their own stereotypes and of course it’s unfair to judge and categorise everyone from Britain into certain categories, but it’s also quite nice to prepare yourself for how a typical British person behaves so that you know not only what you’re in for, but also how to respectfully behave when you’re surrounded by the British culture.

Here’s a guide to the most common cultural British stereotypes, both fact and fiction.

Stiff upper lip

This term comes from the idea that an emotional or upset person has a quivering upper lip, so a stiff upper lip refers to the concept that the British are quite reserved and keep their emotions and feelings to themselves. Whilst the times are changing and this is becoming less and less true, compared to other cultures around the world, the British are still quite closed off emotionally and it really takes a lot of time, trust and hard work to be able to break down those walls.

Sarcastic humour

Irony and heavy sarcasm are the bedrock of British humour. Being able to tell when your British friends are being sarcastic from when they’re trying to have a serious conversation takes some serious skill and even after years of living in the U.K, it’s likely that you’ll still often get it wrong. At least there are a lot of hilarious and sometimes awkward conversations to be had in the meantime though…


The British are undoubtedly the best queuers in the world. They have it nailed down to a respectable art form and few things offend Brits more than seeing someone jump the queue they’re standing in. It’s all about fairness and waiting your turn, which leads us on to…


Whilst the Brits are not quite as chivalrous as some of their European neighbours, their polite manners are indeed very likeable. You will rarely be kept waiting for an ‘excuse me’, ‘sorry’, ‘please’ or ‘thank you’.

Hate of confrontation

British folk spend a lot of time and effort avoiding any possible awkward or confronting moments in social situations, most probably due to the previous point on manners and politeness. Because of this, they have mastered the art of small talk, something you’ll probably want to practice yourself.

Talking about the weather

It’s possibly the most spoken of topic in the country. If you ever find yourself in an awkward situation or have absolutely nothing to say, fear no more as you can get at least 10 minutes worth of quality conversation out of the current weather patterns. Keep an eye on the daily forecast for emergency conversations.


The British have a need to apologise for absolutely any situation, saying ‘Sorry, I don’t smoke’ when asked for a lighter being a classic example. There are also so many different uses for the word ‘sorry’ in the U.K that apart from the obvious meaning of ‘I apologise’, sorry can also refer to “Hello”, “I didn’t hear you”, “I heard you but I’m annoyed at what you said”, or “You’re in my way”. It’s easy to get caught in the Sorry trap so be sure to keep a strong head and think before you start throwing the word around yourself, or you may slowly drive yourself mad or self-combust in a passive aggressive fit.


The Brits are often, somewhat unfairly, accused of being huge complainers. When you set aside weather and football conversations, complaining is actually down to a minimum and in fact, like every other culture in the world, there are equally as many enthusiastic and positive Brits as there are negative and whiney ones. It completely depends on the person that you talk to.


The drinking culture in the U.K is huge and most social occasions are centred around alcoholic beverages. The Brits are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to pubs and with the long winters and wet summers, it’s easy to see why this is such a popular pastime.


Britain is the nation of tea drinkers. In many workplaces it’s considered outrageous to get up and make yourself a cup of tea without offering a round to everyone within earreach. Tea drinking is serious business in Britain and it won’t take long for you to work out how to brew the perfect cuppa with just the right amount of water to milk ratio.


We’ve all seen an article, news story, film or documentary about football hooligans in the U.K before and probably vowed to never attend a football match again. Whilst this is a very popular sport in Britain, these days it’s mostly quite tame, although you do still get the outsiders who are always ready to cause some trouble. If you’re not going to the games, keep on top of your football stats if you want to earn some bonus conversation points down and the pub.

Terrible food and wine

The traditional British dishes of fish and chips or bangers and mash don’t really stand out as some of the best in the way of culinary sophistication. However, the British food scene is picking up spectacularly and London is really leading the charge. In fact, 2 London restaurants made the Top 10 in the world list in 2014, so there is definitely big progress in the foodie world. When it comes to wine, however, you’ll just have to rely on the imports.

The posh British life

When many foreigners picture a British person, they see posh accents, large manor homes, top hats and tails. “Why golly gosh, this is absolute utter incongruous pish posh my dear boy!” That’s only for the very wealthy aristocrats who live in West London and were raised by nannies. Wait, is that just more stereotyping?

So are the stereotypes true?

Stereotype is the perfect word for it. Yes, you’ll come across a lot of these personalities and probably quite often, but there are also so many people who don’t fit into these categories, just like everywhere in the world.

It’s not that these are the majority, but those Brits who fit the stereotypes tend to be the extreme ones and thus they’ll be the ones that you’ll probably notice most.

How do you deal with stereotypes?

If you can’t beat them, join them. If you want to move to the UK, it will take some adjustment no matter where you’re from. Embrace the cultural differences and make the most of them.

You don’t need to be judgmental, that’s the beauty of being a true expat – you are lucky enough to be able to completely immerse yourself in a new culture, learn everything about it and take the best bits and apply them to your own way of living. Plus, it’s always nice to pick up some polite British manners and let’s be honest, we could all learn to queue a little better.

When all else fails, discuss the weather over a hot cup of tea.


11Search information about stereotypes  in your culture and  compare them with the British stereotypes in the passage. Make a presentation on different stereotypes between these two culture in the following workshop.

OLL Curriclum Brief introduction.

This online language learning curriculum is conducted in an institution for the purpose of providing knowledge about British culture to  exchange students who are going to study in Britain for one or two years. By knowing more cultural knowledge, these exchange students would less negatively affected by “cultural shock” and more quickly adapt themselves to the life and study in Britain. In the following paragraphs, more details about the curriculum will be introduced.


The materials in online course are authentic English materials which  consist of videos, pictures, and passages, all of the materials are organized in a sound order and be used in activities for the purpose of increasing learners’ knowledge about British culture and improving their English language proficiency. Besides, some additional Apps such as “Learn English GREAT Video”, “United Kingdom Culture Guide” or “Speaking King”  would be introduced to learners to develop their interests and enhance their study. the online platform of this curriculum is blog, which provides learner relaxed environment  and effective approach  to help learners achieve their educational goals.

2. Target learners:

This Online Language Learning course is suitable for Chinese exchange students  who are going to study in the United Kingdom. therefore, these students’ English language proficiency is good and most of them have high English language proficiency. In spite of this, they know little about the British culture and they hope to enlarge their knowledge scope about British culture. This Online language course aims to provides students such kinds of  knowledge and information about British culture, thus helping them to adapt into British life and study more easily.

3. Communication Element:

The Online Language Learning courses are blending, consisting of students’ online learning and face-to-face class organized by teachers.



Duration time Topics

Online learning

Classroom workshop


40 minutes 40 minutes

British Stereotypes


40 minutes 40 minutes

Cultural Assumptions in Britain

3 40 minutes

40 minutes

Rude Gestures in Britain
4 40 minutes 40 minutes

Body Language in Britain

5 40 minutes

40 minutes

British Small Talk Rules and Topics
6 40 minutes

40 minutes

British Slangs

5. Assessment:

Blending assessment is used to assess this online language leaning curriculum, which consists of face-to-face assessment such as presentation, and role-play in the workshop and computer-based assessment, for example,  searching information on the internet. at the end of the whole curriculum, learners are asked to turn in a paper online, which is a computer-based assessment.

6. Evaluation:

the evaluation is constituted by two parts: formative evaluation  and summative evaluation. The data  used to do formative evaluation is learners’ reflective journal, and the data used to do summative evaluation comes from a poll among learners.

The description above is a brief introduction to this online language learning curriculum, in the assignment, a rationale with detailed critical evaluation will be presented.