Plain language

One of the really great things about teaching grammar is how it makes me more aware of language and grammar around me. I can spot common grammar goofs, but even more so, I try to think of ways to solve those tricky sentences that just can’t seem to start making sense.

The aim of this course is to train potential communication professionals to read their own writing on that level. Not what is “correct”, but what is most comprehensible. That’s also the heart of the Plain Language movement. This article is great at explaining what that is, and how to use it.

I’m just as guilty as anyone else of tricky writing at times, but I am forced to confront my tendencies when I’m in front of the class. What’s the clearest way to get the point across?

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Mari Sasano been a freelance writer in Edmonton for over a dozen years, working in print media. She is also an experienced professional in social media, web writing, and other communications. She has covered a wide variety of fields, from arts reporting (film, theatre, music, visual arts, dance) to lifestyle features on topics ranging from mental health issues to food. Her coverage of mental health issues for the Edmonton Journal was recognized by the Canadian Mental Health Association with a Media Award in 2010.
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