Proofreading is the process of reading and scrutinizing material after layout to find errors and mark them for correction.

Whether you are working on a book, magazine, newsletter, or other publication that appears in print or electronic form, preparing website content, or otherwise involved in producing materials that will be read by others, you can benefit from knowing how to use a structured proofreading method.

The final assignment for this course is due one week after the course ends.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Lana Okerlund $452.00 0 Join Waitlist
Online - - TBD $452.00 13 Register
Online - Patricia Graca $452.00 16 Register
Online - Lana Okerlund $452.00 21 Register

Instructional hours: 12

Schedule clarification: Online courses begin on the first date listed and end six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

At the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define proofreading and describe the proofreader’s main responsibilities
  • Describe the place of proofreading within the publishing process
  • Define the key publishing, printing and electronic media terms that proofreaders encounter
  • List and describe the main types of errors that a proofreader is responsible for correcting
  • List and describe some of the recommended tools and resources that proofreaders use to do their work effectively
  • Use proofreading symbols to mark a hard-copy proof
  • Use Adobe Acrobat editing tools and stamps to mark an electronic proof
  • Describe the elements of a methodical proofreading approach
  • Explain what a proofreading checklist is and why this tool is important when proofreading
  • Explain what an editorial style sheet is and why this tool is important when proofreading
  • Judge when queries are necessary and know how to make queries about a proof
  • Determine the scope and expectations for a proofreading project
  • Proofread the textual and visual components of a document

How will I learn?

Prepare to spend six to 10 hours per week on coursework, including:

  • Weekly course modules accessed through Canvas
  • Readings
  • Online discussions
  • Exercises
  • Feedback on assignments

Course materials will be available 24/7, and assignment deadlines will be posted well in advance, allowing you to set your own pace for learning.

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on the following:

  • Participation in discussions
  • Two assignments

The second assignment is due one week after the course ends.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide all course materials online.

Hardware and software requirements

  • A printer to print the practice exercises and assignments
  • A scanner to scan the completed assignments for uploading to the online course site
  • Microsoft Word (or another word-processing program capable of opening documents in .docx format)

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

English language requirements

To succeed in this course, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:

  • Overall band score minimum 6.5
  • No band below 6.0
  • Writing band score minimum 8.0

Please note we can’t refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.

If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.

Related program(s)

Look at other courses in