Sarah Patey

Advanced Professional Member
Location Le Mot Juste, NORWICH, UK (please email me for full address)
Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Telephone 07422 972 481
Web www.le-mot-juste.co.uk

Profile

Qualified and experienced teacher of French and German, working freelance in publishing since 1995. Educated in France. Fluent French, degree-level German.

I offer two principal areas of expertise:

Language teaching materials

  • French and German for the UK market, primary to tertiary level. I relish grammar! Language textbooks should be coherent and enjoyable for teachers and students, and I can provide quality assurance on both content and language.
  • ELT materials for the overseas market at both primary and secondary levels.

Academic history

I have over 20 years' experience editing academic journal articles focusing on European history and especially German history. I have a keen interest medieval history, in which I also read widely for personal pleasure. My work with non-native authors has been particularly appreciated and has led to long and fruitful working relationships. I also translate academic history into English.

Aside from these specialist areas, I am happy to discuss other non-technical projects. I am available all year, and very occasionally at short notice.

Skills

  • on-screen editing
  • content editing
  • development editing
  • editing non-native English
  • rewriting
  • fluent French
  • degree-level German
  • foreign language proofreading (French, German)
  • translating (French into English, German into English)
  • proofreading

Subjects

  • language teaching (French, German, ELT)
  • history (European, medieval, Church, local)
  • French literature (general, medieval)
  • music (choral, classical, religious/worship, history)
  • religious studies (Christianity, liturgy)

Training

SfEP conferences (14 conferences, 1998–2014)
Brush up your grammar (SfEP) 2014 – I repurposed this course for online delivery
Introduction to web editorial skills (SfEP) 2010
Editing and proofreading music (SfEP) 2008

Qualifications

BA and MA, Modern & Medieval Languages
PGCE, Modern Languages

Recent clients

Oxford University Press (journals)
Macmillan Education
Elektra Media
Carnegie Publishing
Gill & Macmillan
Cicero Translations
Private clients (academic history, translation German to English)

Testimonials

[Colleague] and I were both really pleased with what you have done on these – it's all very methodical, thorough and clear which is exactly what we need on such a busy project!

Project manager, ELT textbook

Sarah is a real pleasure to work with. Not only is she adept at identifying issues in a text, she also goes the extra mile to provide helpful solutions. She is always friendly, efficient and reliable. Highly recommended!

Content manager, KS3 French textbook

I am extremely grateful for reading this so closely. This kind of attention during the copy-editing process is getting extremely rare these days

Non-English journal author

Thanks for doing such an excellent job of the editing: I have never had copies back from the designer which were so error-free!

School-book author

Thanks again for your hard work on this project – it definitely wouldn't have gone so well without you

Project manager, A-level French course

Thank you again for dealing so competently with the extremely difficult text

Multi-author academic text, medieval French literary criticism