Descriptive Language Teachingwww.vantatenhove.com).
The descriptive language teaching process teaches and reinforces the use of core language – high frequency words – in the classroom and home throughout the day. It reduces the need to continually chase vocabulary by programming more and more unit-specific words.
Introducing Descriptive Language Teaching
likely to be found on most robust AAC systems.
So, just use this approach, coming up with a simple 'kid-friendly' definition of a more difficult word that is unlikely to be on a student's AAC system. Just modeling these simple definitions is a great way to support students in seeing another value of core vocabulary – giving them access to low frequency words, even if they are not yet competent spellers.
Try this throughout the day. When you come to a word that is difficult (50¢ word), just pick some easy (5¢) words to describe it! Enjoy!!
Remember – Expand the Number of Teachers! This is a great strategy to teach siblings, grandparents, and tutors. It's also a powerful tool for inclusive classrooms. I have had general education teachers rave about this strategy, as it forces their students to really think about the meaning of a word, rather than using rote textbook definitions.