Plain Language Training

Plain English Language International Training Course

Did you know that 44% of Australians have below-proficient level literacy and that 64% of non-English speaking Australians have low literacy? Here at Sylaba Translations, we can help you with plain English training, plain language editing as well as other plain language training for your team. We have a belief that starting with plain writing is crucial to the success of any translation effort. However, we understand that organisations will not always have the necessary resources or expertise to execute this important step. That is why we offer plain language services, including everything you need from auditing, editing and even on-site training for you and your team. Unlike some other translation service providers, plain writing is an integral part of the process we use for any plain language international translation project.

In-house workshops for teams

Over 40% of Australians have low literacy levels. This means that using plain language is essential to reach the wider community.

When it comes to Australian culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, plain language is even more important. Translating information that is clear, simple and easy to understand is more effective and, in most cases, cheaper. Besides, your organisation will come across as one that cares, respects and understands the communities it serves.

Sylaba's workshops are ideal for organisations that want to invest in communicating in a more accessible way. The sessions are fully targeted to the organisation's needs and existing knowledge of the attendees. Because they are customised for your team, we can include any or all of the following topics:

Designing and writing content for translation

Planning your translation project

Identifying and presenting the essential concepts in a resource

The importance of plain language

Structuring documents to support your call to action

Strategies to create accessible content in any language

Plain English principles and how to simplify existing content

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Public workshops

Public workshops are designed for professionals working in the health and community sector. The sessions are normally 2-hours long. We keep groups small (under 20 people) and the format is dynamic and interactive.
This is what attendees will learn:

The importance of plain language

Strategies to create accessible content in any language

Plain English principles and how to simplify existing content

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Private Workshops - Online session

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Why Consider A Plain English Training Course?

Our clients often ask us the difference between Plain English and Easy English. While the two might sound the same, they're definitely not! Plain English is simplified and jargon-free aimed at an audience with a year 7 readability level. Anyone with a reasonable degree of literacy would be able to understand a Plain English message.

Easy English is simplified even further than Plain English and its main feature is that concepts are supported by meaningful images that provide extra clarity. This form of English is intended for people with learning disabilities. Whether you need Easy English or Plain English training course or editing services will depend entirely on the audience that your message is intended for. You should also consider things like why someone might read it, what they need to learn from it, and what actions you want them to take after they've read it.

Become Certified In Plain Language International Translation

Plain English training requires a logical structure, basic language, simple grammar as well as fewer words, sentences, and paragraphs. Plain language should also use a conversational tone and a format that is easy to follow. For Easy English, you will need everything required for Plain English plus the use of a simple typeface and layout. The design should not be complicated and images that are relevant to the message need to be included to enhance the understanding of it.

If you want your website to be inclusive, you might want to use pictorial content so that it can be accessed by non-English speakers and people with learning disabilities or lower literacy levels. You should also consider using Plain English or Easy English with fewer, simple words that convey only essential information.

Here are some of the available languages we offer plain language international translation:

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An Easy or plain English translation course will go a long way to helping you get your message across to more people. If you need a translation or even plain language training so your team can better serve their community, contact Sylaba Translations today on 03 9001 3210 or email us at We will get back to you in 24 hours and can give you a free quotation for your plain language needs.