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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Proofreading and Editing Skills

Module code: EAL4740

HEAR transcript: included as co-curricular activities 

Module duration: weeks 5 / 2 hrs a week

Skills Points for doctoral students: 10

Non-credit bearing  

Preparation and assessment: none 

Have you ever received feedback that your work is confusing or imprecise? Proofreading is more than just checking for spelling mistakes and typos. The best proof-readers and editors have an almost artistic touch because they know the steps a good writer needs to take before submitting that final draft. This course is designed for those whose first language is not English and will help you identify issues with structure and organisation as well as the language quality of your work. You will practise editing and proofreading in class using sample materials and your own work.

Key skills: writing with accuracy, editing for precision, editing for coherence 

Students' feedback on this module: 

"This module opened my eyes to what I should be doing to improve the quality of my drafts. Thank you!"

"The teacher was very patient and we could bring our own writing and drafts to work on. This helped me save the time and prepare an essay I was proud of."

"The materials were very useful, and the classroom discussions were very engaging. I would recommend this module to anyone."

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