We are asking you, whether you are a member of an organisation or an interested member of the public, to send us documents, pictures or websites that you think are outstanding examples of plain English – or of gobbledygook! The deadline to send submissions is 14 August.
This event is kindly sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran.
A panel of plain English experts will judge the entries and decide on the winners in each category.
Plain English cuts out the jargon and enables people to understand information clearly. Some people in the public eye get it right when it comes to communicating in plain English while others get it wrong. Find out more in our insightful infographic.
Plain English cuts out the jargon and enables people to understand information clearly. It is an important approach for those people dealing with members of the public – the Government, doctors, lawyers and many more professionals. In this infographic, find out about the plain English movement around the world as well as about the many benefits of using plain English.
We are delighted to announce that registration for the 10th Plain Language Association International (PLAIN) Conference is now open. It is going to be a great conference and NALA is delighted to host this conference with PLAIN. Visit the conference website to see some of our already confirmed top class speakers speakers. Remember to avail of the early bid registration rates.
Time: 9.30am to 3.00pm
- Wed 11 March
- Wed 10 June
- Wed 14 October
Cost: €120 per person (€100 per person for community and voluntary organisations). Payment must be paid in advance.
- Do you want to ensure that you are communicating as clearly and effectively as possible?
- Are you sometimes frustrated answering the same questions because the information to customers is not clear enough?
- Do you find it difficult to develop clear reports, policies, promotional, training or web materials?
- Do you want to get quality training in how best to communicate, provided by leaders in plain English editing and training?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then this one-day training course is for you. Book your place for this course online at www.nala.ie (click on upcoming events tab)
If you have queries, please contact Sandra Peel on (01) 412 7900 or email Claire O’Riordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish all our visitors a very happy Christmas and 2015. Thank you for using our Plain English Editing and Training Service. We appreciate your support.
Remember to sign our petition calling on Government to use plain English.
The NALA team.
How your organisation can provide information in plain English.
Monday 22 September
The Winter Room, The Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
The National Adult Literacy Agency is launching a campaign to ensure that information for the public is written in plain English. Speakers include Inez Bailey, NALA Director; Peter Tyndall, Ombudsman; and Karen O’Leary, Chief Executive of the National Consumer Agency. We will also provide a training session on how to introduce plain English into your organisation.
At this training you will learn:
- Why plain English is important for organisations providing information to the public
- Common and avoidable mistakes in writing
Writing and design tips to make your documents easier to read.
Places are limited so please book early. You can book here.
NALA is running a one-day training programme in Dublin on Wednesday 24 September. This training is practical and will help you communicate more clearly with your intended reader. The day runs from 9.30 am to 3 pm. If you would like to book a place, please contact Claire O’Riordan at email@example.com
Claire will be happy to mail you further information on our training. Please note that you must pay for the course before you attend. Luckily, it is just €120 per person and (€100 if you are from the community and voluntary sector). We look forward to seeing you! Book early as places are limited.
Monday 22 September
We are launching a new campaign asking the Irish Government to ensure that all information from the public sector is written in plain English. We need 5,000 signatures on our petition. Sign our petition here.
This month staff from the Reform Office in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform took part in NALA plain English training. The training focused on the main plain English guidelines (writing concisely, using familiar words and using the active voice). It also focused on a selection of trainees’ own documents. Staff reported that the training was interesting and useful. This training was delivered as part of the Department’s commitment to plain language as outlined in the New Public Sector Reform Plan 2014-2016.