Richard J

Montreal, Canada

“Relaying the message without ambiguities.”

Specialist subjects:

Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering Business & Management Computer/Information Sciences E-commerce Electrical & Electronic Engineering Linguistics Mechanical Engineering Music Photography TESOL


MA in TESOL with Applied Linguistics

University of Central Lancashire


Favorite referencing style

Having written my MA dissertation in the field of language studies, I am the most familiar with the APA and Harvard styles of referencing.

Why I became an editor

Having lived in China for over 20 years teaching English as a second language and working for a state-owned enterprise, I have often been called upon to proofread, edit, and ameliorate text. This, with my combined experience as a language examiner, led me to want to offer editing services to individuals and organizations. Proofreading and copyediting is also a good way to learn more – to see what someone has to say and in what way. This makes my work interesting.

Background and experience

With my background in aircraft maintenance and computer and electronics technology studies, I am comfortable working with technical documents and general nonfiction text. I worked for 12 years for a petroleum company in China and frequently edited technical manuals, guides, business correspondence, and some of the engineers' dissertations. As an EFL teacher, I spend numerous hours reading the learners' assignments and making suggestions to help improve their writing.

Why I love proofreading and editing

As mentioned previously, proofreading other people's work is learning. I love reading, understanding, and helping the author to make their work more concise, clear, and interesting for the target audience. Proofreading is an enriching experience in some ways.

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Favorite book:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey is my favorite book.


I like to play jazz guitar.

Editing tips:

I read the document to get the gist of what the author is trying to convey. For detailed scanning of errors, I sometimes read a sentence erratically (i.e., re-read chunks of it over and over).

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