How To Reduce Incidental Language Whilst Teaching Lower Levels
Incidental language- those extra words that are not really part of the lesson when learning English or any foreign language.
As native speakers, we are so used to speaking with so many extra words and jargons and it comes off naturally. However, it can be difficult for our lower-level Breadies learning English and in turn can also have a negative effect on your performance as a Buddy.
Examples of incidental language can be the following:
“Alright!, let’s start!”
“Let’s go to the next slide”
“It’s time to read!”
“Do you remember?…”
And so much more!
Imagine learning a language and feeling confused when your teacher uses a lot of words that you don’t know, it can be very frustrating and confusing.
For Picaro-level Breadies, (beginner levels students) depending on what level they are, we as Buddies should always take this into consideration when we teach. Sometimes when using all the additional unnecessary words, your Breadies will stop listening to you because you unconsciously rattle on words that they don’t understand.
Here are some tips to reduce if not completely avoid using incidental language:
Be mindful in class
This can be easily said than done but sometimes we lose track of how we teach because we are either in the zone of teaching or perhaps we are trying to make our Bready comfortable in a class that we tend to speak so many words.
Remember as Buddies, we should always be mindful of their levels as it is the most important part of how you can strategize your teaching session.
Focus on the learning objective
Prior to class, we at IQBar have the luxury of reading the Breadies’ information and watch their previous lessons to get the idea of how your student will be like- especially when it is your first time to teach the Bready.
We really encourage you to read the Bready’s details prior to the lesson to know their level unless it is a last-minute session.
Using words when transitioning or changing from one page to another
I must admit this one is unavoidable for me when starting out!
Whilst I have improved through my years of teaching, I still had to really keep myself in check!
A quick tip that I can share- When transitioning in between page to page is instead of saying incidental blabber such as “Let’s go to the next page!” (imagine those six unnecessary words are already confusing to the Bready…)
I chant a specific word.
This means repetitively using the last word that we use so that can retain in the Bready’s mind. I found it to be effective.
Keep it Short & Simple
Make it simple, keep it short
You don’t really have to over-complicate your teaching by using so many words.
Alongside being brief, ensure the Breadies repeat the words and encourage them with thumbs up or claps.
You must not feel bad that you have to use a lot of hand gestures as this is what we are expected to do.
Use a lot of instructional TPR (Total Physical Response) because this is the best way to articulate the words so they can easily understand them.
Speech and Language professionals claim that movement is always correlated with language learning, and this rings true when teaching to a foreign-speaking student.
This is the ultimate motivator for Breadies who has a limited scope of English knowledge. Show them any reward apart from the trophy available in our amazing platform, and for sure you will see their eyes light up!
Stars, cupcakes, fruits, apples! Any colorful or shiny award, you would be sure that they are going to be so excited!
Avoiding incidental language and unnecessary blabber is super instrumental in making our Breadies comfortable in their lessons. If you make them comfortable by keeping words short, sweet and fun, it is one of the surefire ways that they would enjoy having you as their Buddy, and in turn, will be great for your bookings!