This document was originally produced in 1994 at a BATOD South West meeting during a 'workshop' session. The intention is to help colleagues to construct worksheets appropriate to deaf pupils but the advice is valid for many of those with Special Educational Needs in mainstream classes.
Simple vocabulary doesn't necessarily make meaning clearer.
Teachers should still be aware that pupils with language difficulties may have problems with everyday words such as 'sag', 'spread', 'utensil'. It may not be possible to take account of this in the preparation of worksheets for a wider group, but support staff should be encouraged to help pupils with such words.
BATOD and NATED have published a booklet 'The Language of Examinations' which looks closely at the subject of language modification. The 2nd edition of the booklet is now available (2004) at a cost of £15.00 including post and packing.
BATOD Magazine and Publishing, 41 The Orchard, Leven, Beverley, East Yorkshire HU17 5QA
There may be INSET courses available dealing with this area of concern.
Contact BATOD CPD, 41 The Orchard, Leven, Beverley, East Yorkshire HU17 5QA