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 images 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.
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.
Choosing or consciously avoiding images in consideration of the guidelines for doing so.
Images need to be functional for the purpose of comprehension. They should not distract attention from the main message.
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. Remembrance, comprehension and level of appealing are tested.
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.
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.
Assessing the effects of Language for all
Enid Reichrath and Xavier Moonen wrote this article in the Nordic Journal of Linguistics, 2022.
Neuroscientific Research on the Processing of Easy Language
Xavier Moonen peer-reviewed this article, 2021.
Handbook of Easy Languages in Europe
Xavier Moonen wrote a chapter in the Handbook of Easy Languages in Europe, Berlin, 2021.
Easy Language in the Netherlands. Page 345-370.
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.