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.
This course is a great fit for you or your organization if:
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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.
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.
This proofreading and grammar course is split into 10 detailed modules, plus an introductory lesson.
Review course objectives and meet your instructor and support team.
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.
Learn the optimal proofreading process, comprised of four steps, to find the most errors most efficiently.
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.
Think punctuation doesn't matter? Consider these identical sentences, punctuated differently:
Learn to punctuate commas, semi-colons, colons, dashes, and quotation marks correctly.
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.
Business writing has specific usage requirements.
Correct vexing usage issues such as:
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.
In this section, learn when to express numbers as numerals or words, and complete a practice exercise to solidify the rules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.