(1) Study the free online courses that I have listed; they're in the right-hand column of my website at http://tinyurl.com/plain-english-self-study/
(2) You can avail of my free seminars:
âClear, concise English for effective legal writingâ (4 hours; for HR officers and staff, NGOs, LGUs, Student Councils, academic organizations, fraternities, sororities, any interested group)
âPlain English, Plain Language, or Plain Writing: overview, guidelines, before and after examplesâ (4 hours; for any interested group)
Seminars are for Metro Manila only. Your group must provide the venue, LCD projector, sound system, etc.
For more information or to schedule a seminar, please contact Gerry T. Galacio at email@example.com
or mobile 0927-798-3138
(3) Watch the video "Good news: clarity's a-coming" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxzU2UH9j_I
(you'll learn the Plain English guidelines through song).
(4) Download and print out the PDF files like "15 Top tips in Plain English writing" and others I have listed in my website. Post the printouts in a bulletin board or near your work desk, use them as your mouse pad, etc.
I recommend that you print out and study all the free materials offered by http://www.4syllables.com.au/
(while these materials discuss how to write for the Internet, they are actually Plain English guidelines that can be used for print writing).
The most comprehensive, free resource on Plain English writing is "Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective" from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This resource is 700-plus pages and over 50 megabytes. While this material deals with health literacy, you can learn and transfer the writing guidelines discussed to other fields.
(5) Study the free flashcards I have created in my website. The flashcards do not have time limit or automatic scoring. For example, start with the Plain English guidelines from the Asian Development Bank at http://tinyurl.com/adb-flashcards
I have several other flashcards based on various sources including:
a. legislative drafting manuals from the USA and from Hong Kong at http://tinyurl.com/hongkong-flashcards
b. "The Ohio Supreme Court Writing Manual; Commonly Misused Words and Phrases" at http://tinyurl.com/ohio-sc-writing-manual
c. "Gender-Neutral and Gender-Free Language" from British Columbia Securities Commission Plain Language Style Guide at http://tinyurl.com/gender-neutral-language
(6) For the matching-type quizzes in my website, start with those that do not have time limit. For example, try http://tinyurl.com/use-simple-words
Then, work on those exercises with time limit of 1 to 3 minutes. For example, try http://tinyurl.com/avoid-redundancies
Lastly, work on the exercises with extreme time limit. For example, try http://tinyurl.com/avoid-jargon-wordiness
(7) Try using the "Hemingway app" at http://www.hemingwayapp.com/
(the last time I checked, the app is still free).
One good and free program is "Drivel Defence" from the Plain English Campaign at http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/drivel-defence.html
(this program identifies your long sentences and suggests simpler words).
Try using also the free program called Rewordify at http://rewordify.com/
(while the program aims at improving vocabulary and reading comprehension, it can be used as an editing tool).
The best Plain English software commercially available is StyleWriter 4; it is used in government offices, newspapers, banks, law offices, etc. It has US, UK, and Australian English versions. It can check 10,000 words in 12 seconds for thousands of style and English usage issues like passive voice, nominalization, jargon, spelling, wordy, complex, and long sentences, etc.
Learn more about StyleWriter 4 and how it can help you become better writers or editors at http://tinyurl.com/stylewriter4