Comprensibility

Comprehending a new language also takes time. Simplifying speech to exclude figurative, abstract or idiomatic speech helps. Simplifying the questions addressed to the ESL student in terms of language also helps grease the wheels of communication as well as promote success. Using the same verbal formulas for routine classroom activities can help increase the learner's ability to comprehend over time. That is, use the same terms in the same format when conducting daily classroom business -- giving instructions and feedback, for example. Predictability and repetition help the non-native speaker to understand the language being used.