Cultural and Linguistic Services
Office of Talent Management, Office of Human Resources

UPCOMING EVENTS
                                                                

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Delivering Effective Feedback
November 30, 2017, 9:30 - 11:00 am
School of Human Ecology, Room 2235

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FP2L - Time and Self-Management
December 6, 2017, 9:00 - 11:30 am
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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Thrive@UW-Madison - Thriving in a Time of Change
December 7, 2017, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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Thrive@UW-Madison - Creating Inclusive Work Environments
December 12, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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Thrive@UW-Madison - Communicating Effectively for Authentic Collaboration
December 14, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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Introduction to Plain Language
January 10, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 am
21 N Park Street, Room 1106

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Thrive@UW Madison - Building and Managing Work Relationships
January 31, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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Thrive@UW Madison - Communicating Effectively for Authentic Collaboration
February 6, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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Thrive@UW Madison - Expanding Self-Knowledge to Adapt and Thrive
February 8, 2018, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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Thrive@UW Madison - Thriving in a Time of Change
February 13, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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Thrive@UW Madison - Creating Inclusive Work Environments
February 14, 2018, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045 

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Write with Plain Language
February 16, 2018, 9:00 - 11:00 am
21 N Park Street, Room 1106

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Design for Plain Language
March 2, 2018, 9:00 - 11:00 am
21 N Park Street, room 1106

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Thrive@UW Madison - Expanding Self-Knowledge to Adapt and Thrive
March 6, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045


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Thrive@UW Madison - Thriving in a Time of Change
March 8, 2018, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045


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Introduction to Plain Language
March 13, 2018, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 1106

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Thrive@UW Madison - Creating Inclusive Work Environments
March 14, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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Thrive@UW Madison - Communicating Effective for Authentic Collaboration
March 15, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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Thrive@UW Madison - Building and Managing Work Relationships
March 21, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045 

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Introduction to Plain Language
June 4, 2018, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 1106

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Write with Plain Language
June 29, 2018, 9:00 - 11:00 am
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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Design with Plain Language
July 13, 2018, 9:00 - 11:00 am
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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Introduction to Plain Language
August 6, 2018, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 1106

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Introduction to Plain Language
October 23, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 am
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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Write with Plain Language
November 30, 2018, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 1106

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Design with Plain Language
December 7, 2018, 9:00 - 11:00 am
21 N Park Street, Room 1106

Volunteer Tutors Needed
Cultural Linguistic Services, within the Office of Talent Management, is in need of tutors to help UW-Madison employees develop their learning in areas such as: English language, literacy (English and Spanish), writing, math, and other subjects. Scheduling and meeting locations are flexible. To become a tutor, complete an application or contact Jzong Thao at jzong.thao@wisc.edu.

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PLAIN LANGUAGE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Have you ever wanted to get your message across faster and clearer? Cultural Linguistic Services offers a Plain Language Certificate. Participants can take the Introduction to Plain Language workshop as a stand-alone training or attend all three workshops to gain a deeper understanding of core plain language strategies. The certificate comprises three workshops:  1) Introduction to Plain Language, 2) Write with Plain Language, and 3) Design for Plain Language. Instructors will focus on word choice, grammar, organization of content, and format to improve the readability of documents.

To check the current training calendar, click here.

PLAIN LANGUAGE CERTIFICATE OUTLINE

Workshop Topics

1.     Introduction to Plain Language 

Have you ever wanted to get your message across faster? Have you wanted to feel more confident that you were understood correctly –the first time? Using “Plain Language” strategies may be the answer! Effective communication is vital in all aspects of our personal and professional lives. This interactive workshop will introduce you to strategies ranging from word choice and font selection to “teach-back” and grammar tweaks. Develop a toolkit of techniques to communicate more smoothly in conversation and writing with both native and nonnative English-speaking colleagues. Come learn how people across campus—and across the globe—rely on plain language strategies to save time, money, work, and frustration by promoting better understanding and customer satisfaction.

 *You can attend this workshop as a stand-alone training. 

Introduction to Plain Language is the first step in a three-part series to earn the Plain Language Certificate. You must complete it before you can register for the certificate workshop, Write with Plain Language.

Competencies for Introduction to Plain Language

º  Communicate the benefits of using plain language in the workplace
º  Identify verbal plain language strategies to communicate effectively with native and nonnative English speakers
º  Identify written plain language strategies to communicate effectively with native and nonnative English speakers

2.    Write with Plain Language 

 Review and practice plain language guidelines to choose the right words. Gain a deeper understanding of core plain language strategies to engage in concentrated writing practice focused on:

* Word choice 
* Grammar
* Organization of content 

Improve the readability of a document the trainer provides and negotiate successful editing in a small group setting. Complete a homework assignment by editing a brief writing sample using the plain language strategies presented. 


*You must complete Introduction to Plain Language before registering for this certificate workshop.
*This is the second required workshop in a three-part series to earn the Plain Language Certificate. Attend the Write with Plain Language workshop and complete the mandatory homework assignment as a prerequisite to registering for Design with Plain Language.

Competencies for Write with Plain Language

º  Review existing documents and use plain language writing strategies to edit for improved readability
º   Implement plain language strategies in organizing, word choice, and grammar to create effective and easy to read documents

3.     Design for Plain Language 

Review and practice plain language guidelines to design for readability. Gain a deeper understanding of core plain language strategies to engage in concentrated writing practice focused on:

* Sentences
* Format
* Lists and Tables 

Improve the readability of a document the trainer provides and negotiate successful editing in a small group setting. Share the text that you edit with your group to demonstrate plain language strategies. Present your small group’s final document. 

*You must complete Introduction to Plain Language and Write with Plain Language before registering for this certificate workshop.

*This is the third required workshop in a three-part series to earn the Plain Language Certificate. Attend the Introduction to Plain Language and Write with Plain Language workshops and complete the mandatory homework assignment as a prerequisite to registering for Design with Plain Language.

Competencies for Design for Plain Language

º  Review existing documents and use plain language writing strategies to edit for improved readability
º  Implement plain language strategies in formatting and layout to create effective and easy to read documents

Plain Language Certificate requirements  

o  Attend Introduction to Plain Language workshop 
Attend Write with Plain Language workshop 
Complete mandatory Write with Plain Language homework assignment using competencies from workshop 
Attend Design with Plain Language workshop 
Present in a small group using Design with Plain Language competencies  

 

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Cultural and Linguistic Services
Office of Talent Management, Office of Human Resources
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Suite 5101 -21 N Park Street - Madison, WI 53715
Contact our office at 608.265.2257
Email: Registrations2@ohr.wisc.edu

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