Editing - Stellenbosch University Language Centre

Editing

Editing

What you’ve written might make perfect sense to you, but do you sometimes find that it’s hard to make other people understand what you’re saying?

Writing is about communicating with a reader and language editing is about making sure that the right message actually comes across. We remove any possible barriers to connection with the intended audience in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa, but we can discuss editing in other languages too.

Let your texts connect and communicate

Language-edited text helps your readers focus on your message rather than on the odd typo, occasional clumsy formulation or awkward transitions between ideas.

Generally, depending on the type of text, our editors focus on –

  • cohesion and coherence;
  • text structure;
  • style and register; and
  • spelling and language errors.

Any document of yours that we edit remains your text, your voice and your professional image. Our job is casting it in the best light and removing any possible barriers to connection with your intended audience.

Our professional language editors are well versed in editing a wide variety of texts, from class notes, lecture slides, web, marketing and blog copy, letters, reports, policies, contracts, magazine and research articles, and book chapters.

Since we’re part of Stellenbosch University (SU), we have a lot of institutional knowledge and can be trusted with sensitive University information, making us a perfect in-house support for our colleagues. Whether you are from the University or an external client, we are keen to work with you.

Use our quote calculator for a quick, preliminary cost estimate, or contact Marguerite van der Waal (021 808 3096) for a quote.

Edited texts translate better

We often find that it’s best to have your text edited before you have it translated, so remember to discuss that with Marguerite.

Enhance the impact of your research

When your research has progressed to the point where it’s written up, it’s wise to have the article or report edited before you publish or submit it for peer review. Of course the content – your ideas – remain your responsibility, but our seasoned editors can help you polish the way you express your ideas and smooth out your formulation. Impress your reader with the quality and presentation of your work when you collaborate with us.

Use our quote calculator for a quick, preliminary cost estimate, or contact Marguerite van der Waal (021 808 3096) for a quote.

Meet our team

Cobus Snyman
Cobus Snyman
Coordinator
Language Service

| Tel: 021 808 9726

Elzette Wickens
Elzette Wickens
Language practitioner
Language Service

| Tel: 021 808 9008

Marguerite van der Waal
Marguerite van der Waal
Head and facilitator
Language Service and Academic Literacies

| Tel: 021 808 3096

Susan Lotz
Susan Lotz
Language practitioner
Language Service

| Tel: 021 808 4646

Yandisa Joko
Yandisa Joko
Administrative officer
Language Services and Comms Lab

| Tel: 021 808 2761

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