Module Details: Proofreading in Practice – Style
What’s the difference between a style guide, a style sheet, and a referencing style? Worry no more, we’ve got you covered in our style module. We’ll also talk you through written tone, technical jargon, avoiding offensive language, and how to turn clunky confusion into elegant flow.
What will you learn?
- What ‘style’ means in proofreading
- Style guides
- Tone and voice
- Vocabulary: academic, technical, regional and biased language
- Sentence structure and length
- Repetition and redundancy
- Paragraph coherence and organisation
- Working with native, dyslexic and English as a Second Language (ESL) customers
- FAQs from proofreaders and our answers
It is useful for:
- People needing to create or follow style guides
- Those wanting to understand how to proofread documents without altering the author’s voice
- Those wanting to gain insight into the kinds of changes a proofreader might make if the style of a document is a problem
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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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Advanced Formatting in Microsoft Word3-5 hours3-5 hours
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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.