1. Start the activity by giving the students some abbreviated words. Ask them if they can figure out what it is. Then give them a few words to pick from.
Est-ce que c'est: salut? bienvenue? enchanté? bonjour?
Repeat with a few others.
2. Then dictate a conversation. The students write it on their board/paper.
- slt. komencava ?
- bi1. toi ?
- kom si kom sa
Make sure that their text matches yours.
Have the students work in groups to rewrite it in regular French (non-texting words).
3. Direct the students to the Dictionnaire SMS website to discover words that they use in their memorized sentences for greetings (etc.). They practice dictating some of those words to their partner. (If they cannot get on computers to check out the website, give them printouts with a list of words.)
4. Now that they're more familiar with the new format, tell them to communicate with their partner by sending messages.
Each person dictates the message to the partner who writes it down. Then that student comes up with an answer and dictates it to his/her partner who writes it down. They keep going until the conversation dies.
5 They can repeat conversations with other partners, or start a new one with the same partner.