One part of comprehensible input is speech. What we say and how we say it is important to the overall comprehensibility of our speech. This SIOP feature examines how to make our speech more appropriate to the students' proficiency levels.
This 10th SIOP feature is a very important component of making content comprehensible. Making content comprehensible is important to insure that students are getting the gist of the lesson. While it may sound like a minor thing, the kind of speech the teacher uses can make or break a lesson.
As teachers, we are always striving for ways to make things more comprehensible, more accessible, and more digestible for our students. Our speech is a critical component of this comprehensibility.
While it may seem quite easy to do, there are a number of layers to making content comprehensible that SIOP helps to shed some light on. There are a number of things that we, as educators can do to moderate the kind of language they use.
Here are three things to pay attention to:
One of the challenges when working with English language learners is determining what they are getting and what they aren't getting. We should never assume that students understand us. Rather, we should challenge them to show us what they understood. Here are two strategies you can use to make sure students are understanding the language you are using.
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