Effective ProofReading

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Course Overview

In the Effective ProofReading training course, Participants start with a basic text, it might be a report, a webpage, a brochure or a book. Participants edit it so that it has a strong structure and reads well. Then Participants proofread it to remove errors and ensure consistency. If Participants can master this simple process, they will have the skills to communicate clearly and produce documents of professional quality. In this course Participants will be introduced to the essential skills of editors and learn techniques and strategies for proofreading and editing common types of professional communications.

Course Content


  • What are editing and proofreading?
  • How do they fit within the writing process?
  • The politics of editing

Structure (part of editing)

  • Text types (book, brochure, etc.)
  • Overall document structure
  • Use of paragraphs

Expression (part of editing)

  • Matching text to the target audience
  • Tone (catchy, elegant, etc.)
  • Sentence construction and use of lists
  • Using commas and other punctuation for better sense

Consistency (part of proofreading)

  • How language is always changing
  • Style guides and personal preference
  • Headings, capitals and other elements of consistency

Accuracy (part of proofreading)

  • Why proofreading accurately is no easy task
  • Spelling (and the limits of electronic spell checking)
  • Apostrophes, hyphens, dashes and other punctuation
  • Italics and bolding, spacing and laParticipantst
  • 10 common proofreading errors

Customer Reviews

Thanks to Xpertised and the tutor who walked me through all the topics with Practical exposure which is helping me in my current project.

Course was quite helpful in terms of understanding of concepts and practicality. Its really a very friendly environment to learn. The timing were mutually chosen, as we both are working professional. I am quite satisfied with the course.


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