Proofreading is the process of checking documents, websites, emails and any other important documentation for errors before they are published. It is an important role, which carries a high level of responsibility and with the right approach anyone can become a competent proof reader by learning how to identify and correct writing mistakes. This course is designed to enable participants to reduce errors in written work through improved proof-reading skills.

As a result of participating in the course delegates will gain:
• An understanding of the importance of proof-reading in business
• Familiarity with the techniques which can reduce or eliminate the common errors
• How to proof-read quickly


Course objectives and introductions

Course Outline
• The role of the Proof Reader
• The influence accurate proof-reading has on increasing productivity
• The sorts of mistakes people make: common spelling errors and misused words
• The warning signs of words omitted, mistyped or repeated
• Inconsistencies you should not miss: postcodes; telephone numbers; improbabilities or incomplete information
• Using long words: suffixes; prefixes; combination words; hyphenation
• Danger areas: transpositions, doubled letters
• Using spell check programmes effectively
• A summary of the most commonly used proof-reading symbols
• Tips and techniques

This programme concentrates on the importance of consistency and keeping within corporate style. It can enhance the delegate’s ability to spot mistakes and the trainer will dedicate a module on spelling, grammar and punctuation, all of which can help to identify the common mistakes that arise from a poor grasp of these elements within any business.

Who should attend?
This course is suitable for anyone at any level that may have the role of proof reading or editing documentation whether it is on paper or by screen. It is of equal benefit to those new to proofreading and to those who have some experience but wish to improve their skills.


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