Grammar & Proofreading Course

Learn to proofread with speed and skill. Find and correct all grammar, punctuation, and format errors.

Available for groups as a self-paced online course, instructor-led virtual or instructor-led onsite training, and for individuals as a self-paced online course.

Course overview

This course teaches the optimal proofreading process to find and correct errors in business documents. To correct grammar, you need to know grammar. This course is a deep dive into nuanced grammar, punctuation, and format issues to ensure your writing is correct and professional.

Instructor support, an individualized grammar diagnosis, a correction strategy, and correction resources are included. 

Once you finish this Proofreading and Grammar Course, you will be able to:
  • Effectively proofread and correct documents using a proven proofreading process.
  • Understand grammar and apply grammar correctly in business documents.
  • Punctuate and format documents correctly.
  • Find and correct errors in less time.
  • Discover the errors you habitually miss and eliminate them.
  • Create polished, correct, and professional business documents.
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This complete course outline will show you exactly how we structure our classes to help your team or you proofread effectively and master grammar.
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Online course available for individuals. Sign up today and start learning how to improve your overall proofreading skills.
Group enrollment
Online self-paced courses, instructor-led virtual courses, and instructor-led onsite courses can all be customized to match your company's needs. Group discounts apply.

Who is this course for?

This course is a great fit for you or your organization if:

  • You spend too much time editing your documents and still miss errors. 
  • You're an individual in any position looking to improve your proofreading, grammar, punctuation, and formatting skills.
  • You work in an industry or role that requires professional, error-free writing. 
  • You’re in charge of proofreading for your team or division in your company.

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Proofreading course certificate

Course certificate

After completing the course, you will earn a personalized certificate. You can display your certificate in the certification section of your LinkedIn profile, download it to print, or mention it in your résumé.

Practice and instructor support

During the course, you will proofread for grammar, punctuation, and format errors in documents and in planted errors in the course. You'll discover the errors you habitually miss across these exercises and additional quizzes. 

Your instructor will review your writing and provide a detailed grammar diagnosis, along with a correction strategy and additional resources. 

Last, you can submit any lingering grammar questions to your instructor and receive tailored resources and clarification to ensure you learn everything needed to enable you to write professional, correct documents. 

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The individualized grammar information was highly valuable because it allowed us to focus on relevant issues. This training had make a huge impact on my writing.
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CEA Global Education

I am the last proofreader before the Regional Director signs the official documents. I will be able to provide the RD with accurate documents.
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National Labor Relations Board

In this comprehensive writing workshop we will teach you how to:
  • Use the optimal process to proofread any document well.
  • Correct grammatical, punctuation, and format errors.
  • Identify your own most common errors, in order to eliminate them.
  • Proofread more effectively and in less time.
  • Create polished, correct, and professional business documents.

What is included in this course?

This proofreading and grammar course is split into 10 detailed modules, plus an introductory lesson.

Course Introduction

Review course objectives and meet your instructor and support team. 

Module 2
Proofreading Introduction

If you are known in your organization as an excellent proofreader, you become much more visible and valuable.

Learn the difference between proofreading and editing. Also, you'll hunt for planted errors.

Module 3
Optimal Proofreading Techniques

Learn the optimal proofreading process, comprised of four steps, to find the most errors most efficiently. 

Module 4
Most Common Grammar Errors in Business Documents

Learn the top five grammar errors seen in business documents.

This module includes a detailed overview of the most common grammar rules and errors. You'll review common problem areas of any document and practice proofing a business memo.

Module 5
How to Punctuate Correctly

Think punctuation doesn't matter? Consider these identical sentences, punctuated differently:

  • A woman without her man is nothing. 
  • A woman. Without her, man is nothing. 

Learn to punctuate commas, semi-colons, colons, dashes, and quotation marks correctly. 

Module 6
Spelling Errors

Identify where spelling errors are most likely to occur, and learn ten tips that will make you a better speller.

This module will also teach you how to make the most of spell-check tools.

Module 7
Usage Errors

Business writing has specific usage requirements.

Correct vexing usage issues such as:

  • assure vs. ensure vs. insure
  • compliment vs. complement
  • continual vs continuous
  • less vs. fewer
  • farther vs. further
  • they vs. than
Module 8
Capitalization Errors

In this module, we share the rules for capitalization.

Learn to correctly capitalize titles, names of places, seasons, directions, trade names, literary works, headings, etc.

Module 9
Number Errors

In this section, learn when to express numbers as numerals or words, and complete a practice exercise to solidify the rules.

Module 10
Format Errors

Formatting a document is an important part of clear writing. While variations in formatting styles are wide, consistency within a document is critical and there are formatting standards one needs to follow.

Learn to format consistently and correctly, especially in bullet lists, headings, navigation, and graphics placement.

Module 11
Final Exercise, Instructor Review of Your Writing, and Your Questions Resolved

Test your skills, receive an individual grammar assessment and correction strategy of your writing, and submit any final proofreading or grammar questions to your instructor. 

Full course outline

Key skills you will learn

  • Ability to craft error-free documents
  • Significantly reduce time spent proofreading
  • Understand grammar rules and correct errors
  • Punctuate sentences correctly
  • Format documents consistently, allowing for easy scan 
  • Present a professional, polished image
  • Demonstrate attention to detail in your writing
  • Learn which style guide is best
  • Discover tools that help find errors
  • Use grammar and spell-checking tools most effectively
Feature  Includes individual feedback

This course includes award-winning instructor feedback 
and ongoing support.

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Elisabeth O'Quinn

  • B.S. in Business & Economic Development from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

  • M.B.A. with a specialization in International Finance & Investments from the University of North Carolina

Elisabeth has a unique combination of business and business writing acumen, with extensive background in writing, editing, and content marketing management.

She has supported a variety of businesses, writing blog articles, reports, presentations, and editing business documents. She has supported many of our clients with rave reviews of her writing feedback.

Elisabeth lives in Georgia with her cat and rescue pup. In addition to writing, she loves traveling with her twin sister, learning German, and creating watercolor prints. 

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Grace Cuddy

  • Graduate courses in Composition from Pompeau Fabra University

  • ESL Teaching Certification from Canterbury Consulting

  • B.A. in International Studies and Communication from Elon University

Grace supports Instructional Solutions' online courses and also works with individuals and groups from several multinational companies across Europe as a business writing coach.

She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has traveled extensively, providing a keen sensitivity to global writing. She has a strong background in corporate communication and management and successfully developed cross-functional writing and communication processes in a large corporate team. She is also a successful blogger and has received rave reviews from her writing critiques and coaching for our work with DuPont, Liberty Mutual, and many other groups. 

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Lisa Nelles

  • B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Waldorf University

  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Lisa is an experienced technical writer and editor specializing in process and procedure documentation. She made her mark in aviation by developing and writing technical manuals that supported successful new programs for airlines of all sizes and set new standards for manuals in the industry.

She has also taught and tutored academic and technical writing for university students in a variety of fields. She loves helping people improve their writing to improve their careers.

In her free time, she enjoys writing creatively, crafting, and outdoor adventuring with her husband and twin boys. She splits her time between Iowa and Alaska.

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Terrance Collins

  • B.A. In Journalism and International Business from The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Terrance has deep experience in both writing and business. He has spent much of his professional life in sales and marketing positions in technology companies, where he was always the go-to person for writing. After 15 years in sales and marketing at IBM, he spent several years working internationally for Amdahl and Lotus Development in Australia and Japan. He spent four years in Rotterdam and London as European Managing Director for Persoft, Inc., a leading networking software company.

For the past six years, he held senior editing and writing coaching positions at Huawei in Shenzhen, China, and with The Motley Fool.

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