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Courtney F. | Elance
 
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Courtney F.

Experienced Proof-reader, Editor and Writer
   United States
  |   Buffalo, NY
  |  5:43 am Local Time

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Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $20

I am an American writer currently working as an English instructor in Krakow, Poland. As an expatriate, I see silly errors in English every single day on items such as menus, advertisements and clothing. Sometimes they are minor but sometimes they are confusing or even worse, hilarious. If you are going to invest the money to reach an English speaking audience, it is dire to do it correctly. I have found that even the strongest non-native English speakers have difficulty with things that native speakers do not.

I am a trained grammar...

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Portfolio

Here is a copy of my TESOL Certification - which I earned as an expert of English grammar.
This is a copy of my university diploma.
This is just a sample of the type of work I can do. A doctor needed help composing a...

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English
English Speaking Test
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English Vocabulary Test (U.S. Version)
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U.S. Word Usage Test
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English Spelling
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Business Writing
Content Writing
Creative Writing
Editing
English Grammar
English Proofreading
English Punctuation
Academic Writing

Service Description

I specialize in helping non-native English speakers edit and polish reports, requests and presentation for international forums. I work by completing a series of edits in several steps to correct and advice you on the best way to write your document.

STEP ONE: I edit mistakes and highlight any questionable parts of the text which need to be explained in order for me to perfect the grammar.

This is a real example from work I did for a client (used with my client’s permission):

"221 DTP members were sued by the Supreme Court and 37 of the DTP members were have been banned from political activity for five years..."

Here it was important for me to establish:
1. If this happened at one time as a result of one mass trial.
OR
2. If this had taken place over a long period of time.

1. If this happened at one specific time - the past simple would be correct but the date of this action would need to be mentioned in order to be grammatically correct.

2. If this had taken place over a long period of time – the present perfect would be the correct tense to use.

My clients simply have to answer simple questions and I fix the rest.


STEP TWO: A re-read of the first edits to verify changes, plus a follow-up on any questions I had in Step One.

It is during this time that I also begin to assist my client with stylistic concerns in order to tailor the text for its specific use. Texts which will be read (i.e. press releases) require different attention than texts which will be read...

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Education

Binghamton University
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
2002 - 2006

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Editing
Writing
Native English Speaker
Creative Writing
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