Graded language, what is it? Graded language is when books, videos, and other media a language learner uses are at a level at which they can understand most of it. It allows them to work with the material and improve their understanding of the language.
One or two of my students are keen to read or speak at a very high level during classes, even though they are not ready for that yet. But why, you might ask, is that not a great idea? Learning a new language is challenging; there are many new things to learn. Graded language allows a student to focus on a few new elements at a time and learn them. It means that a student can learn step by step and not have to juggle many new ideas at once.
Graded language makes the process more efficient and less tiring. Having material suitable for our level makes it more comfortable to learn and still allows us to develop. We shouldn’t be ashamed or annoyed to use graded language, I myself use it to learn Russian. It’s not an acceptance of defeat, but an appropriate way to increase our understanding and skills.