TechCommNZ Webinar - Simplified Technical English

Session overview

Simplified Technical English (STE) is a controlled language originally developed for aerospace industry maintenance manuals. It is a carefully limited and standardised subset of English.

This webinar explores the following questions:

  • As technical communicators, do we need more than just our everyday English skills?
  • What can we learn from the Plain Language movement?
  • What is Simplified Technical English and how can it help?

The session covers the following topics:

  • Everyday English
    • What are the problems?
  • Plain language
    • What is its purpose?
    • What are the analysis principles?
  • Simplified technical English
    • What is it?
    • Who is it for?
    • What skills do you need to use it?
  • Comparing plain language and STE
  • Some thoughts about adopting STE

Date and Time

The webinar will be held on Wednesday 13th May from 11:30 am-12:30 pm NZ time (9:30am Australian EST).


The costs for this webinar are:

  • TechCommNZ members (and affiliates: ASTC/TWIA, NZATD, PRINZ) - $30 +GST
  • TechCommNZ student members - $20 +GST
  • Non-members - $60 +GST

About the presenter

Lyneve Rappell is an accomplished trainer and editor who has worked on published books, general guides, brochures and more. She has over 20 years’ experience working with writers and training professionals including 7 years recruiting instructional designers, technical writers and editors.

She has taught English in Japan and was a Learning Skills lecturer at the University of Western Sydney. She has a Master of Arts in Editing and Publishing and a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Since 2012 she has been delivering the TechWriter 2-day Technical Writing and Documentation course as a public offering and has worked on specific written communication training projects for a range of clients including OMC (engineering), NIDA (educational institution), CISRA (manufacturing) and CASA (government regulator).

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