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Information in English about

Language for all

Language for all is a Dutch method for adjusting or making information in a way it becomes suitable for all. 
As many people as possible understand the message and at the same time feel spoken to due to an attractive lay out. Also people with low literacy skills.

Language for all is a  method for: writing, choosing pictures and testing
There is more to it than just applying plain language.
Plain language is too difficult to understand for many people.
It is kind of in between easy language and plain language.

The Dutch name of the method is: Taal voor allemaal.
 

Two women reading a letter.

Easy writing

Writing according to guidelines for things like: sentence structure and length, font size and word choice.
There are guidelines for writing in 'language for all' and for 'language for all+'. The choice for one of the versions depends on the group for whom you are writing. Combining the versions is an option. 

Three women discussing.

Choosing pictures

Choosing or consciously avoiding pictures in consideration of the guidelines for doing so.
Pictures need to be functional for the purpose of comprehension. They should not distract attention from the main message.

People working together.

Testing

Intended recipients help by testing new material. The information is then optimized based on the test results.
Testing in Language for all follows a structure with assignments and questions. Both remembrance and comprehension are tested.

Research based

Language for all is based on (inter)national research and examples. Based on new research, experiences and insights this method is constantly optimized. 

Professor Xavier Moonen started Language for all in 2016 in The Netherlands. 
He works at the University of Amsterdam, Koraal and Zuyd University. 

4 fists together in teamwork

Staff

The staff members of Language for all work as translators and trainers. They also take care of keeping the method up to date.

Language for all is situated at both Koraal and toetsen meten & weten

logo Koraal en logo toetsen meten en weten

Contact information

Networks

Language for all participates in (inter)national networks, such as: Netzwerk Leichte Sprache and Easy Plain Accessible.

Language for all attends and contributes to (inter)national conferences such as: IELD (International Easy Language Day) and KLAARA.

network

Publications and presentations

Language for all contributes to several (research) publications, meetings and conferences.
All information which is available in English will be presented here.
Dutch materials are to be found elsewhere on our website. 

Handbook of Easy Languages in Europe
Xavier Moonen wrote a chapter in the Handbook of Easy Languages in Europe, 2021.

International Easy Language Day: IELD
Xavier Moonen and Enid Reichrath contributed to the IELD conference in 2021. 
You'll find their contributions here:
Do visualisations helpt to better understand easy read texts?
Language for all provides a win-win situation 

All presentations of IELD 2021 are to be found on this website.