Working with the lexical framework Words for … Collect as many words within your group for ‘drunk’ as you can, trying to cover as many different registers or levels of language as you can. Try to think about what your parents/grandparents would say formally and informally, and also think about different contexts, e.g. what would you say to a police officer / teacher and what would you say to your mates. Once you have a collection of words, you need to get them in rank order from most formal to least. Then, once that’s done, try applying some lexical labels to them. Do you have examples for each of the following terms? If not, can you add some for the categories you don’t yet have? formal technical informal colloquial impolite slang taboo dialect/regional ‘posh slang’ old fashioned older people’s slang youth slang Wrong register Comedy often arises from the use of an inappropriate register, and you are now going to create a text which exploits this. You may use your own creative ideas, or try one of these ‘tried and tested’ possibilities: a Principal’s welcome speech to new students a nursery rhyme or fairy tale. Extension activities If you finish quickly, try one or both of these: 1. How would you analyse your (or your neighbour’s) text? You are not to be negatively critical, but should produce good analytical sentences identifying specific examples and effects using the PQE (point quotation explain) model. 2. Write the same text again but using the opposite ‘wrong’ register (i.e. if you produced an unusually formal text, go the other way and write in slang, or vice versa).