Editing 1st proofs

I started work on editing the 1st proofs for one of the levels this week. It’s good to see the material as it will finally appear, give or take a few adjustments, particularly after looking at word documents with no images for the past 2  1/2 months. I actually feel like it’s going somewhere now.

I was surprised to see discrepancies between the final edits and the  first proofs. I naively thought that the only alterations to be made would be those indicated by the Technical Committee (the body responsible for checking cultural appropriacy). I didn’t realise that there would be errors in transferring the material from word documents to the proofs. I was also astonished to see images blocking rubrics. During the past few months it has become very evident to me that the more eyes that look at the material the better, as no one person can see all the areas for improvement.

Obviously, even with the 1st proofs there are also final development edits, which were missed in the first instance, to be made. It’s impossible to catch everything first time round. I feel that it’s better caught now, though then after publication.


About sarahali

I am linguist working in the EFL field. I started my teaching career in East Germany in 1997, continuing for a while (7 years) in Austria before settling back in the UK, where I am now based. I have taught English in various forms (ESP, ESOL, Business English, EFL (general) and EAP) to students ranging from 3 years of age to 80. I have written, developed and edited teaching material and curricular for the Arabic speaking world, as well as African countries. I have also written materials and teacher's books for 3-year olds learning in multi-lingual schools in Spain and have worked on translating and adapting Early Readers for the international market. I'm currently a senior tutor for EAP, a TEL coordinator and an academic proofreader. I also work as a freelance materials writer and developer. I speak English, German and French, with a basic knowledge of Arabic and Spanish.
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