In this section, we will go through some additional elements to consider when writing inclusively.
The Use of Visuals
Graphs and other visual content help keep the reader interested, and can be particularly effective for presenting data to the reader. Visual content can also give a non-native English speaker an overview in a way that a dense text paragraph cannot.
Sub-headings can be useful for organizing writing and helping to guide your reader through complex ideas and longer texts.
Even if you are just writing a quick email to your team, it’s worthwhile to take the time to read it over once or twice to make sure that:
- your sentences are logical and flow together
- auto correct hasn’t changed any of the words you want to use (especially if you are sending an email from a mobile device)
- you have avoided using unclear terms, acronyms, or jargon
Further revision is even more important if you are writing a longer document or article.
This has been mentioned before, but whenever something isn’t quite working, take a moment and read the sentence or passage out loud. This is a really simple and valuable strategy.
Getting Someone Else to Read it
This has also been mentioned before, but it’s great to get someone you trust to read what you have written and provide feedback. You can also encourage IEHPs and other staff to ask their colleagues to read through what they have written and provide feedback. This can help enhance their skills and decrease their anxiety as they continue to refine their English communication skills.
In the following video, Lisa Salem-Wiseman discusses some of the “final touches” when it comes to inclusive writing.
(To read along click here.)
These last two learning exercises provide an opportunity to review some practical examples of writing that you might come across in your workplace.
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