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

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FP2L - Face-to-Face Communication: Beyond the Basics
December 19, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 1108

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Working Better Together: Everything DiSC Workplace
January 31, 2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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FP2L - Coaching and Developing Others
January 29, 2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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FP2L - Effective Emails - Fundamentals in Business Writing
February 5, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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FP2L - Face-to-Face Communication: Beyond the Basics
February 7, 2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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FP2L - Understanding Organizational Politics
February 12, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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FP2L - Your Interpersonal Style
February 14, 2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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FP2L - Modes of Conflict Management
February 19, 2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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FP2L - Understanding and Influencing Team Dynamics for Peak Performance
February 21, 2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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Working Better Together: Everything DiSC Workplace
April 11, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045

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Working Better Together: Everything DiSC Workplace
June 5, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
21 N Park Street, Room 5045


Volunteer Tutors Needed

Cultural Linguistic Services, within the Office of Human Resources, 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.

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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 people understood you correctly–the first time? Using Plain Language may be the answer! This hands-on workshop introduces strategies on word choice, font selection, grammar use, “teach-back,” and more to help you develop a toolkit of techniques to communicate more effectively in writing and conversation with native and nonnative English speakers. 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. 

 *This is not an English class. Advanced knowledge of English recommended. 

Introduction to Plain Language is the first step in a three-part series to earn the Plain Language Certificate. You can attend this workshop as a stand-alone training or complete it as a prerequisite to registering for Write with Plain Language.

Competencies for Introduction to Plain Language

º  Communicate the benefits of using Plain Language in the workplace
º  Identify written Plain Language strategies to communicate effectively with native and nonnative English speakers
º  Identify verbal 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 for 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 and complete a final group project using Plain Language competencies.  

*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 for 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  
Attend Design for Plain Language workshop 
o Complete final group project using 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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