Topic 2: Strategies, Approaches and Techniques

Topic 2: Strategies, Approaches and Techniques

  • 1.   Learn a few polite expressions
A simple ‘good morning’ or ‘thank you’ in the learner’s native language will go a long way toward improving your relationship and building trust.
  • 2.   Avoid slang
Use Standard English/Swedish to make sure your explanations and instructions will be understood correctly.
  • 3.  Keep it simple
The shorter the explanation, the better. Aim for words and phrases that are simple to understand and easily translated. Long explanations could lead to your words in a way that doesn’t fully express what you’re trying to say. At the same time, be careful not to patronize the learner!
  • 4.  Speak in full sentences
You may think it’s helpful to stop mid-sentence, but doing so may put information out of context and lead to a confusing or inaccurate oral translation.
  • 5.  Be culturally sensitive
Numerous topics such as death, sexuality and health must be addressed with care and respect. Also be careful about making jokes that might not translate well (or appropriately) into your learner’s native language.

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