Examiners are being told to use “familiar words”, short sentences and clearer fonts to avoid confusing children who speak English as a second language the Telegraph Education spokesman Graeme Paton writes.
In response to this quite negative article I believe that there is no need for changes and if teachers teach all students the academic words they need. We are just getting ready our SATS book similar to the GCSE book which supports all children taking SATS to understand the academic language needed to pass the exams.
The reason we create these books are as John says ‘ I always uses the example of the young Chinese boy that was asked how to make centimeters into meters and the boy answers quite correctly take off the word centi.
This shows a good level of understanding of English at one level but does not pick up on the nuances and the alternative meaning of verbs at another. both the SATS and EXAM book take away the misunderstanding that can lower marks and destroy confidences.
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