Guidelines for the use of spoken Easy Language


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The SELSI team is working on the guidelines
for the use of spoken Easy Language.
We are doing this in the Work Package 3.

So far, the guidelines for using Easy Language
are mainly for written language.
We need clear guidelines for spoken Easy Language.

Vilnius University and partners from
Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Sweden
have developed guidelines for the use of spoken Easy Language.

The guidelines include advice
on how to make Easy Language easier
to use in one-way communication.
For example, in radio, audiobooks or audio guides.

There is also information
on how to make it easier to communicate with people.
For example, in friendly communication
or conversations at work.

We have based the guidelines
on a variety of information and sources.
First, we surveyed many European countries.
We asked professionals how they speak and behave
when using spoken Easy Language.

Then we also asked Easy Language users
what they thought worked best
when someone spoke to them.

 Finally, the SELSI team read books, articles, and dissertations
on how to communicate with people who need Easy Language.

In our guidelines you will find recommendations
on how to speak in Easy Language.

You will also find advice on how to use:
your body language, voice, or any additional materials.

The next phase of the project is Work Package 4.
In the next phase of the project
we will test these guidelines
with users who need Easy Language.

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