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How to create a career-summary chatbot

A great writing project for ESL students to try in 2020 is to create a speech recognition enabled chabot about a career that interests them. See this example of an interactive career-related chatbot. Students will love it! Students can create their chatbot online and then export it to a blog or a Learning Management System

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5 Persuasive Essay Writing Tools

Writing a persuasive essay is a complex task. Because the goal of a persuasive essay is to present one side of a tightly organized argument with supporting arguments and evidence, there are a number of skills you will need to write a good one. Sometimes called an opinion essay, the persuasive essay is widely used

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How can I automatically evaluate opinion essays?

Do you teach opinion essays? Many teachers do. It is a common practice in English Second Language teaching to ask college level students to write a 4-5 paragraph opinion essay on a range of topics. An opinion essay goes by many names. Often, it is called the hamburger essay, the 1-3-1 essay, the persuasive essay,

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Is my cover letter correct?

Let me help you write a better cover letter. I won’t give you a lengthy list of dos and don’t. Just submit the letter you have written and I will tell you how to improve it. If you teach cover letter writing, download a cover letter writing lesson that you can give to your students.

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6 Essay rating tools on the Virtual Writing Tutor

Many teachers would like to give better, more detailed feedback to students on their writing assignments but realize that there are not enough hours in the day to do so. With the arrival of artificial intelligence, faster feedback on essay writing tasks is now possible. The Virtual Writing Tutor offers six types of automated writing

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How do students react to automated film-analysis essay evaluation?

Recently, I reported on the perils and promise of a project I have been working on with Dr. Frank Bonkowski. We created an automated film-analysis essay evaluation system to provide the correction and formative scoring of essays to his advanced English Second Language learners at CEGEP de St-Laurent, in Montreal, Canada. The idea was to

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How can I evaluate an argument essay in 2 seconds?

Many college teachers assign either opinion essays or argument essays to their English Second Language students. These highly structured writing assignments give students practice organizing their ideas and defending a point of view. The goal is to prepare students to go on and write research reports or graduate theses at university. However, when it comes

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Can I evaluate a film-analysis essay automatically?

This article discusses automatically scoring film analysis essays. Here are links to other automated evaluations on the Virtual Writing Tutor.  Pen pal exchange project  IELTS practice tests Argument essay evaluation system Lately, I have been developing automatic essay evaluations for IELTS and now for college-level academic writing. I sent an email to colleagues in my

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What are the new features on the Virtual Writing Tutor?

Hooray! The BRAND NEW version of the (now) award-winning Virtual Writing Tutor is finally here. It has taken almost a year to add new features and update the code, but it is finally ready. It is a whole lot faster, and there are some very cool new features, too. So, what’s new? Self-scoring IELTS Academic

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Feedback and Links Page

Check your feedback and links on the feedback page. Start by clicking on the feedback link on the navigation menu at the top right, under the share icons. Feedback Tab This tab shows the latest text you submitted to the Virtual Writing Tutor grammar checker. Each text is dated. The Virtual Writing Tutor keeps your

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Translate Grammar Checker Feedback to one of 70 Languages

When you create a member’s account on the Virtual Writing Tutor grammar checker website, you can get feedback translated to your native language with the click of a button. We use Google’s translation API to translate feedback to any one of the 70 languages currently available. Membership is 100% free, and we don’t send spam.

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Your Friendly Robotic Grammar Checker

We are in the process of updating the Virtual Writing Tutor.com, so now is our opportunity to make the VWT faster, more powerful, and a little friendlier. In order to make the VWT a little friendlier, I have been working with a designer to create a friendly little robot to accompany the feedback you receive

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Essay Checker

Imagine a website that could help students write better essays with automated feedback. Now imagine the same website but with additional commenting tools to help people record audio comments and rate each other’s essays using IELTS and TOEFL rubrics and comments. There you have it: an essay checker for the Virtual Writing Tutor. For a

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Silent Letters: Pronunciation Made Easy

English is semi-phonetic, which means that the way a word is spelled can give clues to its pronunciation but can also be quite misleading. Often, the pronunciation of a word can be very different to what you might predict based on its spelling. One way English is semi-phonetic is the use of silent letters. Silent

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Walk-me-through the Main Features

You may have noticed the latest addition to the Virtual Writing Tutor grammar checker main page. It’s a short little walkthrough of the principal features of the grammar checker for newcomers. You only get to see it twice before it disappears forever. Why did we add it? The Problem One usability issue I see again

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Easy Essay Outliner

Just fill out a form to create your outline. What could be easier?  Are Essay Outlines Difficult for You? Not any more. I have broken down essay outlining into a series of easy steps. All you have to do is answer a few questions, make a few choices, and the Virtual Writing Tutor builds your

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Pen Pal Exchange Project

Useful links on the pen pals: Start a Pen Pal Exchange project for students on the Virtual Writing Tutor. For instructions on how to create a pen pal exchange for your students, check out these step-by-step pen pal exchange creation instructions for teachers. Click here for an article on pen pals that students can read to

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Membership advantages

Members can check 3000 words at a time, save text and feedback, translate feedback into 70 languages, create hypertext narratives and essay outlines, send PDFs with voice recordings, track errors, play error correction games, post essays to forums for additional feedback, with more features on their way. Features Non-member *Signed-in Member  Price  Ad-supported Ad-supported, zero

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Target Structures

What are target structures? Optimal second language pedagogy involves a repeating exchange of meaningful messages with a focus on target structures. By “exchange,” I mean that teachers should provide learners with opportunities to create sentences, paragraphs, stories, essays, blog posts, articles or reports that are meaningful to the learner. Learners should express those messages to

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Word Counter

How to Use the Word Counter on the Virtual Writing Tutor When you want to know how many words are in a particular text, paste the text into the text area and click the “Count Words” button. The system will count your words and sentences, and calculate your average sentence length. The text you enter

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Get Help from the Community on the Grammar Checker Forum

New Grammar Checker Forum The Virtual Writing Tutor has added a community forum to its free grammar checker. Post your text, tell the community what kind of help you need, and benefit from the free proofreading service that the community can provide. You can get help with your grammar, spelling, punctuation, and structure.  It costs nothing

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Paraphrase Checker

Students sometimes inadvertently plagiarize because they don’t know how to paraphrase. To remedy this gap in their learning, I created a paraphrase checker for the Virtual Writing Tutor. The concept is simple. The system shows you which words are the same and need to be paraphrased. This feature is very useful for students and for blog

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Numbered Diagram of Virtual Writing Tutor Features

  Feature List (The numbers below correspond to the numbers on the image above.) Click on the logo to return to the main page. Update your password, newsletter subscription status. Create a free account and login. For added convenience, you stay logged in until you logout. Use speech recognition for hands free operation or to

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Hypertext Narrative Creator and Grammar Checker

Have you ever read a choose-your-own-adventure story? A hypertext narrative is a branching story just like that but online with hyperlinks. The reader reads a section of the story and then chooses how the story should progress by clicking on a link. See examples of hypertext stories created with the Virtual Writing Tutor. You can

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Switch Layouts of the Grammar Checker

The default layout displays feedback on the errors detected by the grammar checker below your submitted text. This was a pedagogical choice. The idea is that learners must try to remember the feedback long enough to scroll up to the text area and make to the correction. Some users have requested that their text and the

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Check Spelling and Grammar

Anyone can check spelling and grammar for free. Non-members can check 500 words. Members can check up to 3000 words at once. Membership is 100% free and comes with many additional benefits. How to check spelling and grammar   Please follow and like us:

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