Plain Language

Clarity is key to understanding

Plain language embodies the idea that information is a human right. Everyone has the right to access information they can understand, and industry-specific, bureaucratic lingo creates a barrier. This is why trained clear communication specialists are vital. They know how to communicate complex information—whether in writing, speech or graphics—clearly and concisely to a variety of audiences.

Instructor Cheryl Stephens talks about how plain language improves communication.

Plain Language Certificate (Online)

SFU's part-time, online Plain Language Certificate provides comprehensive training in clear communication and plain language principles. We've designed the program for a variety of communication professionals:

  • Editors
  • Lawyers and paralegal personnel
  • Medical and health services personnel
  • Communications and public relations specialists
  • Marketing managers
  • Technical communicators
  • Graphic designers
  • Librarians and informatics specialists
  • Service providers for newcomers to Canada
  • Government employees

Plain Language certificate core courses (also available individually)

If you're not ready for the certificate program, courses are also available individually when space is available. The program consists of six core courses and two electives.

Elective courses (choose two)

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Join us Oct 13, 2016


Thanks to the vision of plain language pioneers Cheryl Stephens and Kate Harrison Whiteside, International Plain Language Day is now celebrated in cities around the world. In Vancouver, join us on October 13 to enjoy a special exhibit, meet our instructors and learn more about our program:

Teck Gallery
SFU Harbour Centre
11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Meet an instructor

Instructor Flora Gordon on plain graphics and design

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