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ERIC Number: EJ849516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0742-7778
TechWriter: An Evolving System for Writing Assistance for Advanced Learners of English
Napolitano, Diane M.; Stent, Amanda
CALICO Journal, v26 n3 p611-625 May 2009
Writing assistance systems, from simple spelling checkers to more complex grammar and readability analyzers, can be helpful aids to nonnative writers of English. However, many writing assistance systems have two disadvantages. First, they are not designed to encourage skills learning and independence in their users; instead, users may begin to use the system as a crutch. Second, they use a "one-size-fits-all" approach, treating all writers' problems as equivalent. In this paper we describe TechWriter, a personalizable writing assistance program for advanced learners of English that encourages skills learning. We describe TechWriter's basic writing assistance functionalities, how it can be used by writers alone and working together with writing tutors, who it can be personalized for, and how it can help writers acquire better writing skills over time. (Contains 3 figures, 2 tables and 3 notes.)
Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium. 214 Centennial Hall, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666. Tel: 512-245-1417; Fax: 512-245-9089; e-mail: Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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