Plain Speaking, why Plain English matters in Classroom now?
Almost all the Students in any school understand spoken language, the instruction and other things told to them by their teachers, and head teachers outside the classroom, but the things are quite different inside the classroom, very few students say (15%) alone could understand what the teacher teaches and the rest restless and they indulge in disturbing activities, because they are unable to establish communication link (Language) with the teacher. By ‘communication’ I mean the instructional language used by the teacher to explain a particular topic.
School books are authored by the subject experts the editors, artists and the proof readers do their job flawlessly and the text books is ready on time. The authors and the concerned Education authorities fail to understand that mere content and colors cannot make a text book worthy and relevant unless and until it is evaluated by the pedagogy experts, instructional experts and students themselves. The most important aspect of authoring a text book should be the Plain Language or common language. Let me quote you an anecdote to stress the significance of using plain English:
Memorandum on Plain Language in Government Writing – An official website of the United States of America, June 1, 1998
Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies
Subject: Plain Language in Government Writing
The Vice President and I have made reinventing the Federal Government a top priority of my Administration. We are determined to make the Government more responsive, accessible, and understandable in its communications with the public.
The document ended with the following note
This memorandum does not confer any right or benefit enforceable by law against the United States or its representatives. The Director of the Office of Management and Budget will publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
William J. Clinton
Citation: William J. Clinton: “Memorandum on Plain Language in Government Writing,” June 1, 1998. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley,The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=56067.
The American public deserves plain language communication from its government. The benefits of plain language are both tangible and intangible:
Plain language gets your message across in the shortest time possible.
More people are able to understand your message.
There is less chance that your document will be misunderstood, so you spend less time explaining it to people. And if your document gives instructions, your readers are more likely to understand them and follow them correctly.
Many studies have shown that plain language affects your bottom line—you can save time, personnel resources, and money. And you will give better service to your readers.
By the time you finish reading the above article you have understood the significance of using plain English in the classroom.
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. – Confucius