Learn Easy English - 2 day writing course

Wednesday, 8 July 2020 at 9:30 am - Thursday, 9 July 2020 at 4:30 pm

Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, Level 5, 50 Market St, Melbourne, 3000


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Participants develop an understanding of Easy English, review current resources and research, and begin to build their own Easy English document with the support of Access Easy English staff. This training focuses on all elements of implementing Easy English, including language and use of images. It provides numerous opportunities for participants to practice applying these and other aspects in their document. Participants also consider the organisational implementation of Easy English.

When:      Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 November 2020

Where:    Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare Inc.

                Level 5, 50 Market St, Melbourne

               The closest railway station is Flinders St Station.

Time:      9:15 am – 4:30 pm

Cost:      $675 + gst

                Morning Tea and Light Lunch provided

Suitable for:

Anyone who writes information for the public, eg: communications and marketing staff; support workers, planners, therapists, disability advocates, teachers, ethics teams, survey developers, council staff, NDIS staff, report writers, mental health teams .........

Learning objectives

Participants will

  • learn the legislative framework for Easy English;
  • identify who Easy English is useful for;
  • learn about  the current research in Easy English;
  • explore current Easy English resources available in the Australian and international context;
  • identify the differences between Easy English and Easy Read;
  • learn and practice each of the steps to develop quality Easy English written materials;
  • begin to write your own Easy English document, including selecting and developing appropriate image supports;
  • receive references and resources to assist you in developing your own Easy English documents and for further study and independent research;
  • discuss strategies to begin to implement Easy English in your organisation.

This workshop has limited places of just 12 participants.

All participants need to bring a document/brochure/flyer from their work environment, or other written material to learn to develop into Easy English during the workshop.

It would be useful if you had access to a laptop for the workshop.

Not sure if this is right for you?

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Access Easy English is owned by Cathy Basterfield.

Cathy is a trained Speech Pathologist, with more than 30 years of experience. She has a national and international reputation in the development of Easy English. Cathy is acknowledged by her peers as a highly experienced practitioner in the field of Easy English, doing this work for more than 15 years now. She is also recognised as being at the forefront of the development of Easy English in Australia, being one of the first practitioners in this specialist field. She has been at the forefront of the development of quality standards and benchmarks for Easy English.

Cathy was awarded a Victorian Government Ethel Temby scholarship for an investigative study into international trends and accreditation for Easy English writing and publications in 2011. Cathy is regularly invited to present at conferences on this subject matter. 

Cathy's latest journal article is  Basterfield (2019) Plain Language, Easy English. What does it all mean? Intellectual Disability Australasia. Vol 40, Issue 2, June.

See more at www.accesseasyenglish.com.au  

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