Proofreading Essentials with US and UK English Differences
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Proofreading Essentials with US and UK English Differences

Tips on numbers, spelling, punctuation and grammar
3.7 (13 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
53 students enrolled
Created by Janet Gentles
Last updated 6/2018
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 articles
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Students will have gained fundamental proofreading skills.
  • Be able to appreciate the differences between US and UK English.
  • Have several reference documents for use when proofreading/
Requirements
  • A good working knowledge of English spelling and grammar.
Description

This course is for those who have already have a good understanding of English and want to learn some of the basic essentials for proofreading. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the differences between American and British English. This goes beyond some variations in spelling but also in how some words are used and the different names things are sometimes called. Not understanding the difference between these two styles sometimes leads to misunderstanding, confusion and even embarrassment.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to develop proofreading skills.
  • Anyone who wants to eliminate mistakes in their written communications.
  • Anyone who writes for or posts on the internet.
  • Anyone who communicates with those who use a different style (US or UK) of English.
Course content
Expand all 27 lectures 01:34:34
+ Introduction
2 lectures 05:52

An introduction to what proofreading is.

Preview 04:36

Examples of the kinds of error a lack of proofreading can result in.

Mistakes you should avoid
01:16
+ First Steps
4 lectures 13:43

Advice regarding proofreading a document on a computer or other wordproccessor.

Preview 04:44

Setting up for a proofreading session.

Preparing to Proofread
05:38

Checking things outside the main body of the document.

Things To Check First
02:43

Checklist #1

Initial checklist
00:38

Three questions to test your knowledge on the first steps in proofreading.

Quiz 1
2 questions
+ The Body of the Text
2 lectures 09:20

Ten things to look out for in the body of the document.

The body of the text
06:19

Check for words that sound alike but have different meanings.

Homonyms
03:01
+ Abbreviations
6 lectures 18:19

Identify words that are commonly shortened or clipped.

Clipped Words
04:21

Words that are often contracted by using an apostrophe and how to use them.

Preview 03:59

How personal titles should be written.

Personal Titles
02:29

How to present a group of words which have been abbreviated or shortened to initials.

Acronyms Part 1
03:44

More on how to present a group of words which have been abbreviated or shortened to initials.

Acronyms Part 2
02:19
Quiz on Abbreviations
3 questions

Checklist for the body of the document.

Look in body of text
01:27
+ Numbers
4 lectures 14:21

An introduction to how numbers can be expressed in a written document.

Numbers: An introduction
03:29

Seven rules for writing numbers.

Rules 1-7 for Numbers
03:46

Seven  more rules for writing numbers.

Rules 8-14 for Numbers
03:33

Six more rules for writing numbers.

Rules 15-20 for Numbers
03:33
+ US and UK English
5 lectures 20:30

Differences between punctuation In UK and US English.

US UK Punctuation
03:48

Differences in grammar usage In UK and US English.

US UK Grammar
04:31

How word meanings can differ between UK and US English.

Differences in Word Meanings
04:31

A failure to understand different word and phrase meanings in UK and US English can lead to awkward situations. Here are some of them.

Differences That May Cause Embarrassment
03:42

A look at differences in UK and US spelling, with a comprehensive list of different spelling together with some differences of how different words and phrases have different meanings.  

US v UK Spelling
03:58
+ Practice Papers
4 lectures 12:27

Test you proofreading skills.

Practice Paper 1
02:42

Test you proofreading skills.

Practice 2
02:57

Test you proofreading skills.

Practice 3
03:39

How you can move on in testing your proofreading skills.

A Final Word
03:08