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Proof Reading

The role of the proofreader carries a lot of responsibility, but usually very little support or credit. Many people assume that anyone can proofread. But there is much more involved in proofreading than correcting errors in written material  including concentration, a thorough knowledge of grammar and usage and the ability to read critically. The aim of this course is to help proofreaders ensure that every piece of writing is correct, consistent and ready for publication.

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify their proofreading strengths and areas that need attention
  • Explain the differences between copyediting and proofreading
  • Use some standard proofreading symbols when marking up hard copy
  • Master the electronic proofreading process 
  • Create and use a style sheet
  • Identify some common errors likely to be encountered when proofreading
  • Apply a range of proofreading tips and techniques.

Course Content

09:30 - 09:45 Introduction and course objectives
9.45 - 10:15 How well do you proofread?
10.15 - 10.30 What is proofreading? 

10.30 - 11.00 Proofreading on hard copy 
11.00 - 11.15 Coffee/tea break
11:15 - 12.00 The electronic proofreading process
12.00 - 12.30 Using a style sheet
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Proofreading practice
14:00 - 15:00 Refreshing your knowledge of punctuation and usage
15:00 - 15:15 Coffee/tea break 
15:15 - 16.00 Further proofreading practice 
16.00 - 16.30 Ten keys to success as a proofreader
16:30 Summary and action plans agreed

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