Against ‘Pupil-Friendly’ Language | thestableoyster

Against ‘Pupil-Friendly’ Language | thestableoyster

Last November, I blogged on the challenges we face when it comes to the limited vocabulary among our pupils. I wrote about how this may impact on reading ability and the identified correlations with poverty. Here, I look at vocabulary again, with a focus on how we adapt our language for teenagers. I believe that simplifying our language is contributing to this Great Word Drought.

My daughter is two. She’s a typical two-year-old and coming out with tens of new words every day. Every parent likes to marvel at the language acquisition of his/her child; it’s incredible to witness. My toddler…

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