Word Choice

When writing a paper, think of your audience. For whom are you writing? What type of audience do you have? After you figure out your audience, follow the rules below that might apply:

  • Stay away from jargon
    Jargon is language used by members of a trade, profession, or group in which only the members will understand.
  • Avoid pretentious language and euphemisms
    Do not try to use big words to "decorate" your paper; often it will sound ridiculous.
  • When writing a paper, avoid slang, regional expressions, and nonstandard English.
    Make sure your ESL student understands the English language and basic grammar before he or she starts using "street" language.

Created by Dana Jones