- Don’t slow your delivery but speak clearly, facing your audience. Try not to use long, complex, rambling sentences.
- Avoid colloquialisms and idiomatic speech. Try to define any library jargon [Cardiff University login required] as you use it.
- Smiling and nodding from your audience may be a sign of politeness rather than comprehension! Ask open questions to check understanding.
- When asking questions, give students sufficient time to answer. Don’t pre-empt their answers by answering the question for them should they hesitate. Instead, offer a word or two to help them along.
- Don’t ‘dumb down’ for overseas students. Pitch the content at the same level as you would use for an exclusively native-speaking audience.
- Provide written versions of all teaching materials you are using.
- Avoid obscure cultural references or those which may be very specific to your own background. Avoid topics which, though they may be generally familiar, could be culturally contentious.
In the next section we will look at co-presenting a teaching session.
References for this page
 A number of these tips were adapted from Amsberry, D. 2008. Talking the talk: library classroom communication and International Students. The Journal of Academic Librarianship 34(4), pp. 354-357.