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Proofreading Skills

Proofreading Skills

Course Ref. 10033
No. of Days 1
Participants 6 to 12

Target Audience

Secretaries who need to proofread and check typed documents - both short and long. It is not suitable for those who need guidance on editing documents. In this case please also see Related Courses.

Course Objectives

Know how to recognise common errors often missed when proofreading
Know how to mark up documents correctly and clearly using a marking up system
Have refreshed the key points of grammar, punctuation and spelling

Methods

Presentation, discussion in groups and practical exercises based on a few relevant working documents from your firm.

Course Contents

Welcome and introductions

Course objectives and content

Why bother with proofreading

  • The importance of quality
  • The image portrayed
  • Benefits gained

How to proofread

  • Methods and tips
  • 'Hot spots' to look out for
  • Using a marking up system

Refresher of key points

  • Wright or rong exercise
  • Identify problems with grammar and punctuation
  • Choice of words
  • Common spelling errors
  • Grammar: using the active voice, sentence length and word order
  • Punctuation surgery: commas, semi-colons, apostrophes and other problems

Action session

Summary and close