Mark Johnson, Education Director for adult learning at the Wisconsin Technical College System, sent us an email about a news resource.
The New York Times has just issued The Times in Plain English. Readers of the Times are mostly college graduates. This new initiative is designed to reach lower level readers or "basic readers" as well. It presents major news stories without using any complex or compound sentences, and uses no metaphors, similes, or analogies. It avoids slang and idiomatic words, contractions, and adjectives, and adopts other standards to make material easier and more readable. Each story is short and to the point...The online newspaper is available at no cost and may be reproduced and distributed by teachers, students, and other adults at will.
|Screen capture from The Times in Plain English, August 6|