Plain English: Applying Principles to Home School Written Communication Considering Diverse Families

Caroline Linse, Stephen Van Vlack

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    Abstract

    Schools attempting to engage with the families of all learners, including those with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds recognize the importance of effective oral and written communication. The aim of this study is to determine if school generated written communication created by an urban school district serving a culturally and linguistically diverse population in the Northeast of the US adhered to the principles of plain English. This exploratory research examined exemplar pieces of written school generated communication, using different forms of linguistic analysis to determine whether the communication contained elements recognized to facilitate or impede the comprehensibility of each piece of communication. Additionally, a text assessment tool which can help schools to analyze the written text communication they send to families was developed and refined.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)254 –277
    JournalInternational Journal of Applied Linguistics
    Volume166
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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