Take Plain-Language Training
Plain-language training is available in many forms—ranging from traditional instructor-led training to correspondence courses and computer-based training. This page provides links to some of the plain language training resources we have found. If you know of training resources that we have overlooked, please contact us.
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We provide a free half-day introduction to plain language to federal agencies. You must have at least 15-20 participants and request training at least 3 months BEFORE your anticipated class date. Ask if one of our experienced trainers is available for your agency.
PLAIN is looking for enthusiastic trainers to provide plain language training to government agencies. Our trainers are volunteer, federal employees from across the government.
If you are interested and have permission from your supervisor to teach at least 1 or 2 classes a year, attend a Train-the-Trainer Bootcamp. We offer these periodically.
Free online training
The Department of the Army made this training module , intended for "Action Officers" (staff officers), available to us.
NIH offers a free plain language internet-based training course. The NIH offers a free plain language internet-based training that introduces you to the basics of plain language. It not just for medical folks. The goal of this training is to help you learn to organize your ideas, use a clear writing style, and become a more effective communicator.
The CDC has an online health literacy training for health professionals.
The government of Mexico kicked off a program in 2004 encouraging plain language in government writing. You can download this compressed file of the materials they prepared for the participants. This material is in Spanish.