First session of the last day of @The_CIEP's 2nd annual conference. Easy English: principles of writing for people with low literacy and what editorial professionals can learn from them w/ @accesseasyengli. #CIEP2021
Access Easy English came about to help those who don't talk (ie, use other means of communication). Intellectual or acquired disabilities and illiteracy prevent people from managing day to day reading tasks. All over the world. 1/ #CIEP2021
Think about your own literacy.
What language do you use to describe it? (eg, reading for pleasure, enjoyment? Learning?)
How much time do you spend reading in the day?
What do you read?
2/ #CIEP2021
We are forced to read things everyday, all the time. Most often, it is *not* optional, but a vital part of everyday life. Instructions, directions, info as consumers - the list is endless, digital or otherwise. 3/ #CIEP2021
'Access to written information is *not* a reading test'. Such a critical reminder by @accesseasyengli. 4/ #CIEP2021
(Aside: I digress cos I didn't expect this session to make me emotional. I realise I'm privileged in being a third generation learner in India. Having had access to learning that is easy to take for granted. 5/ #CIEP2021
But people in my life - family and friends - are first generation learners or illiterate. And given that they're 'tested' every day, not just in their own languages but in English and are *expected* by the world to succeed in a failed system, is hard to face. 6/ #CIEP2021
Gaining literacy in your own language to function daily is hard enough. Demanding that in an unequal world is exclusive and plain wrong.)

Sorry I'm not going to be able to live-tweet this session any more, as I'm trying to process the avalanche of thoughts. 7/ #CIEP2021
Hope the discussion will continue. End. #CIEP2021

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@BaconEditing: how-to blogs, to help multilingual research scientists express complicated ideas clearly. Approach engages w/ clients and editing colleagues. Focus on language and use in formal research writing is very useful content for writers and editors. #blogging #CIEP2021
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Post-lunch session w/ LinkedIn star @espirian: 'How to be a LinkedIn leader'. John got me started on Twitter and was among the first to make me feel welcome at my very first then SfEP conference. For that I'll be eternally grateful. Excited about this session. #CIEP2021
LinkedIn tactics.
🙅🏾‍♀️ Don't connect w/ too many too quickly (slow and steady...)
🙅🏾‍♀️ Don't *not* get to know people (have conversations w/ connections)
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@IMcMillan talking to a bunch of googly-eyed language enthusiasts at @The_CIEP's annual conference. Apologies - not possible to live tweet while ROFL-ing. #CIEP2021
'Funny poet here'. Brilliant marketing! 😂
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Fourth and last session of the day: 'Lightning Talks' hosted by Robin Black and @LucyRidout. If it's anything like ones in bygone years, we'll be ROFL-ing on or off Twitter. #CIEP2021
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I need to give my wrist a rest, so apologies for not tweeting this live. If anyone else is attending and willing to, do wave here. #CIEP2021
The power of representation: empowering or affirming when done well; harmful when poor or nonexistent. Authenticity readers ensure representation of identities (esp. marginalised ones) is done well. #CIEP2021
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