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ERIC Number: ED193634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 65
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Language Simplification Movement: Where Does It Stand?
Sacco, Jodee
A survey of 210 professional communicators measured their sensitivity to the problem of readability, especially as it has been treated in the plain English movement (the drive to improve written materials and to make the unreadable readable). The results of the survey showed that 23% of the communicators rated the plain language concept "important," with 73% rating it "very important." Out of six possible readability activities offered in the survey, the average communicator had done only 1.5. Looking at the overall percentages, 75% had done two or fewer readability activities, and 40% had done none. A correlation was found between how effective communication programs were preceived to be and how much effort was spent trying to simplify written materials. Those communications programs rated as very effective averaged three readability activities, while those rated as ineffective averaged only one readability activity. Only 59% of the communicators surveyed realized the severity of the national reading problem and the negative effect it had on individuals and society. Only 48% knew what a readability test was. Only 29% kept a file on the subject, and 48% did not know if their organizations were affected by readability laws. Only 15% had formally evaluated their audiences' reading levels, and only 35% had formally evaluated the readability of their organizations' written materials. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A