An evaluation of grammar-checking software program for learners of English as a foreign language

in International Symposium (poster paper), 國際研討會(全文海報發表)
標題An evaluation of grammar-checking software program for learners of English as a foreign language
出版類型國際研討會(全文海報發表)
出版年度2011
AuthorsShiow-wen Chen, 陳秀文, & Charles Marvin Papa 白查理
出版日期May 21 2011 12:0
會議地點National Pingtung University of Science and Techno
其他編號0000
中文摘要

A grammar-checking software program was assessed to examine the effectiveness of the tool in an EFL writing class. A comparison of five essays corrected both by the software program and an English native writing instructor in relation to grammar error types was undertaken. Results demonstrate that the writing software program can identify forty percent of corrections suggested by the native writing instructor; the remaining sixty percent of errors was not detected by the software program. Furthermore, it is noted that the grammar errors made by the low-intermediate EFL learners fell on the lower-level error category of the “basic check”. Recommendations on the improvement of the software are provided. The study shows that there is still a gap between the efficiency of the grammar checking software program and the expectation of writing teachers who expect a writing tool to alleviate their time and energy in correcting their students’ papers.

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