Creating the Final Plan

At the end of the autumn (pre-implementation) stage, a community will have completed all of the planning activities. It should have all the documents it needs for its language plan. To finalize the language plan, put all the planning documents into one final document. Then get it ready to present to the community.

Make the language plan easy to read, which includes making sure:

  • The font is readable (12 pt or higher).
  • There aren’t any spelling mistakes.
  • Readers can easily navigate the document (include a table of contents).
  • The writing is not too technical or complex.

Consider how the plan will look once it is printed. If necessary, adjust the text or tables to make sure the information is clear and easy to read and understand.

Key Language Plan Documents:

  • Language profile
  • Plan template with the vision, values, goals, strategies, actions and indicators
  • Year-by-year summary
  • Implementation plan
  • Monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Budget

Optional Language Plan Documents:

  • Cover page
  • Table of contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • How the plan was made: A brief explanation of how the language plan was made and who was involved
  • A summary of the plan: A one- or two-page summary of the vision statement, goals and strategies. This summary can be shown with a table, graphic or poster.
  • Description: Information about each strategy or action
  • Infographics: When possible, share information in a visual format, such as an infographic that includes each of the goals from the plan. Graphics can summarize the plan and include elements of the community’s culture.

Community Art or Photographs

Cultural art or photographs are great additions to a language plan. Include photos of the community or from the language planning process. Consider hosting a language plan logo contest as a way to get the community involved.