Clarity is key!

7 Jul

Often students write passages/responses that are so verbose or peculiarly phrased that the meaning is unintentionally obscured.

This article, which shows an interview with the Immigration Minister, seems like a great example of a situation in which language is used to obscure not illuminate.

An interesting activity would be to have students read the interview extract and write down what they think it means.  Then, after a class discussion, students could rephrase the message to maximise clarity.

An alternate activity would be to use this interview extract as stimulus for a discussion about the different purposes for which people use language.


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