Write For Your Reader The Northwest Territories Literacy Council
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A Plain Language Handbook

Read your document out loud.

You can tell a lot about a document if you read it out loud. For example, does it flow well?

Ask a co-worker to read your document.
We often miss things in a document we’re familiar with.
You might have a co-worker who is skilled in plain language.
Use computer checks for spelling and grammar.
Computer grammar checks can help you find passive sentences.
Computer grammar checks have some ability to estimate grade reading level.

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