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Plain Writing Online Course by Univ MD Prof Brings Students Up to Speed
6-Week Course Covers Important Basics with Exercises and Assignments
By: Ugur Akinci
Prof. Connie Balcher
P.O. Box 341491
Bethesda, MD 20827
Web Site: http://www.technicalcommunicationcenter.com/
July 5, 2011, Washington DC – A new PLAIN WRITING online course is offering writing students of all ages and background a firm foundation on how to write and communicate well.
The 6-week online course, designed, written and administered by University of Maryland English Professor Connie Balcher, covers a lot of ground including the following:
• What is Plain Language?
• Principles of Plain Language
• Plain Language in the Workplace
• History of Plain Language
• Future of Plain Language
• Plain Language Resources
Each lesson is accompanied by
• Review questions,
• Quizzes, and
“What adds urgency to the issue is the fact that President Obama has signed a bill on October 13, 2010 that mandates all U.S. federal agencies to communicate in Plain English,” Balcher said, and added: “Now it’s the law of the land. Thus the writers who know the important principles of plain writing will certainly have an edge over others in this tight job market.”
The students can register for the course anytime and start taking it no matter where they are on the face of the globe.
The only prerequisite is a computer with Internet access and a browser.
To learn more and register, please visit:
***** MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Who is Prof. Connie Balcher?
Founder and President of Triple Crown Communications, LLC. Prof. Balcher has an M.A. in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Linguistics from Columbia University.
She began her career as Training Director at Manufacturers Hanover Trust in New York City.
She has taught writing at University of Maryland College Park, Johns Hopkins University, and Columbia University.
Over her career, Prof. Balcher has taught bankers, engineers, and scientists to improve their writing skills. She has taught bankers at Manufacturers Hanover Trust and the American Institute of Banking, engineers at the Department of Transportation, and scientists at the Food and Drug Administration.
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