So we only need English, right?
- Slow down!
- Use basic vocabulary and keep it simple.
- Listen actively.
- Repeat, rephrase, and illustrate messages and instructions.
- Avoid slang, jargon, and colloquial expressions.
- Go easy on the acronyms.
- Pre-test humor.
- Expect delayed reactions.
- Don’t assume congruence.
- Use visual aids.
The author aptly points out … “Most speakers of English as a first language do not know how to speak ESL! Those speaking ESL frequently complain that native English speakers are more difficult to understand that other ESL speakers. Native speakers use a larger vocabulary often laced with slang expressions, speak too fast, and assume others have caught and even agree to ideas that have missed entirely.” (Simons, Colin, Vazquez & Harris, 1993, p. 56)
This, it seems, has serious implications for Instructional Designers!
Simons, G. F., Colin, C. V., Vazquez, C., Harris, P. R. (1993). Transcultural Leadership: Empowering the Diverse Workforce. Houston, TX: Gulf Publishing Company.