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13. Simplifying texts


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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:29 by NZTecAdmin

Sometimes it’s useful (and even necessary) to simplify texts that have content that learners are particularly interested in or need to find out about.

Earlier in the module we looked at the main characteristics of texts that make them easier to read. You can simplify texts by simplifying the structure and the language.

Simplify structure by rewriting complex sentences – sentences with sub-ordinate clauses- as simple or compound sentences. Change any sentences written in the passive voice to the active voice.

Simplify language by using words that are likely to be in learners’ sight vocabulary, or easily decodable (and then known by the learner), or supported by illustration or context. Remember, you can pre-teach a few words and phrases.

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