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ERIC Number: EJ810057
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
My New Teaching Partner? Using the Grammar Checker in Writing Instruction
Potter, Reva; Fuller, Dorothy
English Journal, v98 n1 p36-41 Sep 2008
Grammar checkers do not claim to teach grammar; they are tools to bring potential problems to the writer's attention. They also offer only formal and Standard English preferences, limiting the freer expression of some literary forms. Without guidance, students may misuse the checker, become frustrated, and feel discouraged. Users must be perceptive about accepting and rejecting the recommendations, and students of writing who currently use the grammar checker may not have the critical knowledge to do this. To gather evidence of the potential of the grammar checker as a learning tool, the author's mentor (and co-author) Dorothy and the author designed an action research project on the use of the grammar checker in her classroom. Their study revealed that employing the grammar checker as a partner in the classroom may highlight instructional gaps that teachers can fill while still meeting, and perhaps exceeding, the needs of the language arts curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A