Plain language makes for better learning

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Queen’s Professional Studies has been moving toward writing online courses in plain language. What is plain language and why have we embraced it?

 

What is plain language?

Plainlanguage.gov defines plain language as “communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it.” There are many definitions of plain language, but we like this one because it respects the reader’s time and considers how good writing should sound when read aloud.