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General => Cafe => Topic started by: bookworm on July 28, 2017, 02:22:48 pm

Title: red pencil (proofreading)
Post by: bookworm on July 28, 2017, 02:22:48 pm
I was surprised to find out that a red pencil is used to correct essays or proofread texts in the US. The term was mentioned here, so I researched a bit about its usage: 

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/YouCouldLookItUp/faq0003.html

It's normally a red pen in my country. I thought that red pencil is just a misnomer for a red pen, but a red pencil indeed exists! 

I'm not sure if you will agree with the message (the call to abolish red pens) in these articles:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2263874/Teachers-shouldnt-use-red-coloured-pens-mark-homework-like-shouting-upsets-pupils.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karen-gross/send-the-right-message-ab_b_9100560.html
Title: Re: red pencil (proofreading)
Post by: Bertha on July 28, 2017, 03:09:16 pm
Many teachers have stopped using a red pen or pencil for marking students' writing. Instead, they use some other color such as blue or green, but some get even more creative.  They use different colors, depending in the type of error or comment.  For example, if an error is considered egregious, red might be used; however, if it is minor, green might be used.  Teachers usually have to explain and train their students if they use this method of marking.  Since I did a lot of online marking, I got so so I used the features provided in MS Word for review--no printing hard copy or pens. 

Here is a bit of background related to the use of blue and red pencils, but pens could be used just as easily, I think.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_pencil_(editing) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_pencil_(editing))
Title: Re: red pencil (proofreading)
Post by: Constanz on April 25, 2018, 06:13:21 am
These can be used to spread the knowledge, because I see it as a good content.