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Automated Essay Scoring Explained

Written skills are an essential form of communication. Because a writing sample, such as an essay, is able to indicate the ability to gather, synthesize, and present information in a clear, logical, and persuasive way, it is often used as a means to assess a student’s creativity, knowledge, and intellect. Consequently, essay assignments are common

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Fast Assignment Moodle Plugin

The Virtual Writing Tutor has a Moodle plugin to help students get feedback and formative evaluations of their writing assignments fast. And give teachers a break! This video explains the installation process and what the plugin does. We have imagined a range of use cases, ranging from IELTS task 1 and task 2 writing tests

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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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Do online grammar checkers affect writing apprehension and language learning anxiety?

There does not appear to be any research that answers the question about grammar checkers and writing apprehension reduction directly. To begin to answer the question, a review of the literature on writing apprehension, anxiety, willingness to communicate, and web-based activities would help. If you are looking for articles on the development of the Virtual Writing Tutor

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Reviews, Interviews, and Grammar Checker Articles

Here is a list of articles that were published recently about the Virtual Writing Tutor grammar checker: EFL Magazine interview with Nicholas Walker by Sharyn Collins 10 Reasons to Use a Grammar Checker with College Students by Nicholas Walker  Teaching English to Intermediate and Advanced Learners on the English Learner Portal Using grammar checkers to provide written corrective

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