Using Simple English

Improve your student’s comprehension by speaking simple English.

What can help your student understand you better? It’s not just speaking slowly – in fact, speaking too slowly actually hinders comprehension. Also, students will hear people using contractions normally, so they should hear you using them too.

Try these tips:

  • 1. Use shorter sentences.
  • 2. Avoid low-frequency words. Stick to more common words. However, if your students are from Spanish speaking countries, then Latin based words may be more easily understood by them.
  • 3. Avoid phrasal verbs and idiomatic expressions unless that is the specific topic of your lesson..