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Make Better Word Choices as an English Teacher

Your word choice in both speaking and writing is essential for an effective communication. Sometimes, you might feel the urge to speak thoughtless words especially when your students lack knowledge than the others, but patience and thoughtful words can help each of your students to improve. In addition, here are the things you should do to improve your choice of words.

Use language easily understood

It is a challenge to discuss complex theories and ideas. To help students comprehend the lessons, you can use words that are concise and easily understood by the students. When you are teaching unfamiliar words, define them to your students and show them how these words are used by providing examples. The simpler you deliver the lessons, the easier for students to remember.

Use variety of expressions

Make your discussion active by using a variety of expressions. Using the same expressions over and over again can make you sound repetitive. Whereas using different expressions such as daily common idioms can enamor students’ attention and help them remember more. The more expressions you learn and use, the more articulate you become.

Learn accurate expressions

To use various expressions, it is important to learn new vocabularies. Even though you are teaching for quite some time, learning innovative words should still be part of your studies. Use appropriate expressions when you describe complex ideas. Preparing ahead can help you sound more natural and appealing to the students. When you encounter new words, learn how to pronounce them properly. Research on how these expressions are used properly. We do not want to mislead the listeners nor much worse send wrong signals to them.

Be specific

Avoid being vague in talking, rather be specific and relevant to your point. Do not use redundant words and phrases. The more precise you are in picking words, the more your student can comprehend what you are trying to share.

Use rhetoric words to convey feelings

Apart from using jargons, use words that convey vigor and emotions that may touch the hearts of students. Using rhetoric words does not mean exaggerating your words but picking appropriate words that arouse creative thinking and imagination. For instance, instead of saying “I was hurt by my father’s death”, you can say “my heart was ripped when my father died”. This effective use of figurative speech can stimulate emotions and grab the listener’s attention.

Use words that build up

When you notice that a student cannot fully cope with the lessons, be careful not to upset the student by giving prejudicial criticism. Show empathy in giving comments and corrections. Your words as a teacher can greatly affect the student’s thoughts and feelings. You can either build up or damage their self-esteem. So, strive to magnify your students’ positive qualities and give warm commendations.

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