Module Details: Proofreading Business Writing
Here, we teach you how to proofread for different business clients. We take you through working with brand voices and understanding how grammatical point of view works in different types of business writing. After completing this module, you will know how to proofread many document types and formats common to business writing, including formal reports, website copy, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and Google Docs.
What will you learn?
- The different types of business documents you might encounter as a proofreader
- What to expect when working with business clients, including working with briefs, style guides, and company or brand voices
- How to create a style sheet for business writing
- The importance of knowing the intended audience, style, and level of formality for different types of business writing
- The role of grammatical point of view in business writing
- How to edit vocabulary issues related to jargon and buzzwords
- Editing for skim reading, accessibility, and SEO
- How to approach stylistic issues in formal business documents, commercial copy, and other professional documents such as CVs and cover letters
- How to use the tools in Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Google Docs to proofread documents
- Tips for proofreading in publishing packages such as Adobe Illustrator or InDesign
It is useful for:
- Those who want to be able to proofread documents for business clients to a professional standard
- Anyone who wants to learn how to proofread in PowerPoint, Excel, and Google Docs
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Common Spelling Mistakes2-3 hours2-3 hours
Common Grammar Mistakes2-3 hours2-3 hoursPerfect your prepositions, parenthetical clauses, and parallelism! Fix fragments and faulty agreement! And free yourself from dangling and misplaced modifiers forevermore! Grind down the grammatical gremlins of UK, US, and Australian English, and bust some well-worn myths as you boldly go where no non-proofreader has gone before!
Common Punctuation Mistakes2-3 hours2-3 hours
Other Common Errors2-3 hours2-3 hours
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Creative Writing And The Publishing Industry3-4 hours3-4 hoursLearn how to work with authors and publishers as we guide you through how to proofread creative writing. This module looks at both fiction and non-fiction, as well as non-standard English, authorial voice, and proofreading dialogue. After completing the lessons, you will be primed to proofread a range of different writing styles and document types common in the publishing world, including book manuscripts, screenplays, and PDF page proofs.
Proofreading Business Writing3-4 hours3-4 hoursHere, we teach you how to proofread for different business clients. We take you through working with brand voices and understanding how grammatical point of view works in different types of business writing. After completing this module, you will know how to proofread many document types and formats common to business writing, including formal reports, website copy, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and Google Docs.
Finding Work And The Final Assignment3-4 hours3-4 hoursDrum roll, please! It’s time to show off what you have learned! In this final part of the course, you'll learn about how to find work as a freelance proofreader. We'll guide you through top revision areas, and provide you with a practice mock assignment. Then you’ll take two proofreading tests and a formatting test, on which you’ll receive detailed tutor feedback. If you score 80% or above, you will be offered the opportunity to undertake a trial as a freelance proofreader with Proofed.