Plain language course

Last updated on September 29, 2022

Before you start

Who is this course for?

This self-directed course is for people who write anything for the B.C. government—from engineering reports to emails, news releases to websites.

How long will it take?

  • It will take a couple of hours to read the text and complete the exercises
  • Supplemental resources including videos and articles will take additional time

Will I earn credit?

No. This is self-directed learning.


  • Follow the links at the bottom of each page to the next topic
  • Follow the links to the exercises in the text

Course outline

  • Why Should I Care About Plain Language?
  • What is Plain Language?
  • How do I Write in Plain Language?
    • Plain Language: Audience & Purpose
    • Plain Language: Structure
    • Plain Language: Design
    • Plain Language: Expression
    • Plain Language: Evaluation
  • Plain Language Course Summary
  • Plain Language Exercises

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