Proofreading skills

Course information

First impressions last. The written word is often the first point of contact between you and your customers. That’s why it’s crucial that all your customer communications use correct English. After all, how do you feel when you read a professional report, leaflet, letter or website that contains grammar mistakes or typos? Not impressed?

The challenge for writers lies in avoiding errors and inconsistencies in grammar, language and punctuation. What’s a quick way to check that a sentence is grammatically correct? When do you use ‘that’ and ‘which’? When can you use ‘infer’? What’s best practice in writing numbers and dates?  These are the kinds of issues that proofreaders face every day. On this highly practical course, an ex-Irish Times  sub-editor will share her skills so you can proofread more confidently and effectively.

After this course, you will:

  • Understand the role of a proofreader (it's not editing!)
  • Feel confident your communications are polished and professional
  • Understand how to proofread any kind of document for accuracy and consistency
  • Be able to identify and correct common errors of grammar and punctuation

Who should attend?

This proofreading course is for anyone who writes at work and wants to feel confident that their use of English is correct. It will
give you confidence in your existing knowledge and skills – and techniques to develop your proofreading abilities so you’re more
efficient and effective.

What’s covered in this course

1

Role of a proofreader

  • What does a proofreader do?
  • Check for consistency
  • Spot mistakes
  • Don't depend on a spell checker or a grammar app
  • Use a style guide
  • Proofreaders' marks
2

Grammar and punctuation

  • Identify and fix common grammatical errors
  • Punctuation rules and how to apply them consistently
  • Consider tricky stuff (that/which, less/fewer etc.)
  • Recognise commonly confused words
3

20 top tips for proofreaders

  • How to read (really) slowly
  • Watch out for clusters of mistakes
  • Hear alarm bells for common errors
  • Check layout (e.g. widows, orphans, hyphenation, subheads)
For a more detailed course outline, please get in touch.

Course delivery options ​

Live online training

Practical interactive online session. Then, for more practice, a proofreading assignment is checked by a professional editor.

Tailored in-house courses

Get the training you need with customised onsite training for your teams. One-day or half-day courses for small groups.

Bespoke coaching – online

One-to-one sessions focus on your challenges and objectives. Practical exercises are based on your own materials.

Get expert tips for your business writing – in our free fact-sheets

Want a refresher on punctuation? Or a quick guide to plain English? What about tips on writing for your website? Or useful phrases for minutes? Our fact-sheets are full of information that will help you to write clear, correct English.

We’ve delivered proofreading and editing courses to many leading organisations, including

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Want expert tips and tools to improve your writing?

  • Quick Guide to Plain English
  • Quick Punctuation Guide
  • Quick Grammar Guide
  • Ten Common Errors
  • Commonly Confused Words
  • Customer Communications with Impact
  • Writing for the Web
  • Web Accessibility
  • Editing for Results
  • Writing & Editing Checklist
  • Minutes – Useful Phrases

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