I'm not sure I'm making myself very clear here.
Anyway, it's difficult to correct only the kids and not my colleague, but there's one problem which comes up again and again:
Can you use the word hype as a short form of hyperbole?
It's very clear that the kids want to say 'hyperbole', but that someone has taught them to use 'hype' instead. I know the word 'hype' and I know that originally it was a short form of 'hyperbole', but I think that by now it means something else and you can't say, 'The author uses hype to illustrate his point.'
What do you think?