3. Plain English Writing

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Introduction – What’s Plain English?


Introduction/ Methodology

This module is written and narrated by Chris Malherbe, English@Work, Germany.
Vocabulary list by Learnmera Oy, Finland.
Cartoons, layout and video by Boris Stoyanov, e-Training Solutions, Germany.


This self-help learning module has been designed for people who want to improve their writing skills in English. It will teach you how to say what you want to say in plain English.

This self-help learning module is suitable for you if:

• You have difficulties with spelling
• You are better in speaking than in writing
• It isn’t easy for you to organize your thoughts
• Tend to go off on tangents when writing about a topic
• Are not sure how to write what you want to say

Required level of English language proficiency to read and understand this module:

B1 or higher

Based on: Europass Language Passport


3.1:    Introduction – What’s Plain English?
3.2:    The Writing Process
3.3:    Writing in plain English
3.4:    Use of language
3.5:    Editing your document
3.6:    Points to remember
3.7:    Practice Activities

Estimated time to complete the module:

2-3 hours


Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

• Organize your ideas and express yourself clearly in writing
• Select the appropriate style, structure and format for your reader
• Edit your writing effectively before sending it to your reader


This E-learning book is an open educational resource. It uses open-source technology and multimedia. It is mobile-friendly and device-independent. It is delivered online but there also is an offline version. The self-help learning program is designed for individual learners to work on their own and includes practice activities. It can also be used in a classroom as part of an instructor-led training program.


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