Yearly Archives: 2011

Jan 9th 2011

Disability Learning

Disability learning or learning disabilities are often not discovered until a later age. In such instances the learning disabled person may suffer from low self esteem. Difficulties in reading and writing are in no way an indication of a lower intelligence. On the contrary, many people with disability learning posses a higher than average intelligence. But unless they are aware of their LD problem people suffering from disability learning may become depressed and frustrated by their reading and writing difficulties.
Awareness of learning disorders is the first and perhaps the most important stage for the person that has disability learning. Awareness is the key to rebuild self confidence for the learning disabled and to overcome learning disorders. Once the specific type of LD is determined the next stage is to find ways that will pave the way to improvement.
Providing the person with learning disabilities with the right tools that can aid her is another way to re-build confidence. Disability learning students can use context-sensitive online automatic correction tools in order get help reading and writing. (more…)

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Jan 9th 2011

ESL – English as a Second Language

ESL, or English second language, refers to people, using or learning English, whose native tongue is different. Teaching English as a second language -  ESL, is something that requires a lot of patience and knowledge. The tasks facing the ESL teacher are many. English second language students need to practice both writing and speaking skills and the ESL teacher is required to find ways in which students can practice and polish their English. But as some classes will have as many as twenty or even thirty ESL students, teaching English as a second language while paying attention to the specific needs of each student is not always simple.
If you think of thirty English second language students sitting in the same class, each one with specific learning needs, you may reach the conclusion that assisting each and every one of them is virtually impossible. Some ESL students may have more difficulties with grammar while others may have severe spelling mistakes. Some ESL students may find it very difficult to express themselves coherently while speaking, others will have pronunciation problems. (more…)

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Jan 9th 2011

Grammar Check

A simple grammar check, done with a regular grammar checker that does not have context awareness, can produce confusing results. Let’s take a look at a regular grammar check and then compare it with a context-aware grammar check.
If you type, in a regular grammar checker, the following sentence: “My English Vocabulary is much bitter now!” it will think everything is great with it. All the words are spelled correctly and there are no grammar mistakes so you will get no correction offers. The only problem is, you just wrote an extremely silly sentence in English and your Grammar checker thinks nothing is wrong with it. Your English will become bitter indeed.
The context-aware correction software will recognize your mistake right away because it relies, not only on a list of grammatical rules that are automatically applied, but on a vast database of English language sentences. This allows the context-smart Grammar check to recognize mistakes that are not directly related with misspelled words or grammar errors. The correction offered will be, of course: “My English Vocabulary is much better now!” Better indeed.
Let’s look at another sentence: “I developed a unique system of English liaison plans that improve Vocabulary and Grammar!”
Your regular, naughty, Grammar check will see nothing wrong with this sentence. Now think of the embarrassment of presenting such a sentence in a conference or a business meeting. Even very experienced writers can occasionally make silly mistakes like that, especially if they rely on a spell check to correct errors and do not proofread.
As you can see, you can get countless amusing results. The fact of the matter is, creating a coherent sentence in English, or in any other language for that matter, is all about context, and a spell checker that is not context aware will give you many results that are simply silly.
Our context-aware Grammar check will correct the above sentence and transform it into a logical and “moral” one: “I developed a unique system of English lesson plans that improve Vocabulary and Grammar!”  Much better!
So if you don’t want to make “liaison” plans and speak “bitter” English please choose your automatic correction tool carefully. If it does not analyze a complete sentence in order to take a look at contextual connections it will probably appreciate silly sentences like the ones above and think nothing is wrong with them.

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Jan 9th 2011

Grammar Rules

If you are thinking of using an English online correction tool to improve your English Language there are a few important things to consider before making your selection. Most correction tools use a list of grammar rules. You will receive correction suggestions from them only if your sentence is not compatible with the Grammar Rules that they are programmed to recognize. Grammar rules are essential for the English language and grammar errors should be recognized and corrected by any English on line correction tool. But is that enough?  For an ESL student without a lot of experience in using the English language, such a correction tool may pose several difficulties. Let’s take a closer look at some of them.
In order for an ESL student to really learn how to use the English language, compose sentences and speak with confidence, a context sensitive online correction tool is required. The software that uses grammar rules alone to determine errors will miss all, or most, context mistakes. ESL students that get used to relying on an automatic correction tool that is not context-sensitive may ignore some serious mistakes. By using a context-sensitive online correction tool, ESL students can actually check their choice of words, and also ensure that they do not erroneously use words that sound similar to the word they intended to write but are spelled differently.
Understanding grammar rules is not enough in order to develop sophisticated English Language communication skills. Another important feature for ESL students that would like to improve their spoken English Language by using an English on line correction tool is Text to Speech.  Most ESL students will need to improve their pronunciation and their accent. Using a quality Text to Speech feature will allow ESL students to listen to English Language words as they are properly pronounced The Text to Speech feature.
Another useful feature is an English online learning course that uses the ESL student’s written texts in order to demonstrate how to use Grammar Rules and avoid making mistakes. Using an on line correction service that also features a self improvement learning course is a great asset for the ESL student. Recognizing the individual error is not enough, learning why it was done and how to avoid repeating it in the future will ensure a progressive learning process that is based on a continual advancement and self improvement process.

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Jan 9th 2011

How to Improve Your English

Learning how to improve English is a dream shared by many English language learners. There are so many things to practice and improve while learning English: grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, spelling, accent, the list just goes on and on. Many students will learn how to improve English by taking regular classes and using regular, traditional text books. Others will try to learn how to improve English by taking online courses that enhance grammar and vocabulary. We will examine another type of learning technique that will teach you how to improve English.
Let’s take a look at an automatic correction tool that can also teach you how to improve English. If we mark learning English through self improvement and enhancing grammar and vocabulary as our targets, we can try to define what we would like our automatic correction tool to include. In order to help us is our question of how to improve English; it must be able first of all to correct all our writing errors.
While you learn how to improve English you will have many grammar and spelling mistakes. Your software must be able to recognize all the grammar and spelling mistakes and suggest alternate, logical corrections. In order to teach you how to improve English effectively the corrections must also be context-sensitive. Corrections must be logical in the contextual sense or they may become useless. Comparing your sentence with a database that takes a look at English language sentences is then essential for your writing aid in order for it to be context-sensitive.
The next stage in our quest to answer the question how to improve English is to be able to learn from our mistakes. Your software must be able, not only to track mistakes, but also to monitor them. Such monitoring will enable it to produce reports and provide you with quizzes and tests. Learning English then becomes possible alongside the correction process and is integrated with your regular daily routine.
Text to Speech is another key feature that will help you in learning English. By listening to your own texts, as well as to other texts, pronounced correctly, you will be able to practice your own pronunciation and improve your accent. Text to speech will also help you in determining how to avoid repeating your mistakes in the future; as you are able to listen to the errors you have written and better understand what makes them erroneous.

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Jan 9th 2011

Improve Your English

There are many ways in which teachers can help their students to improve English. English teachers will labor on creating detailed lesson plans for English language learning, assisting their students to improve English and English Grammar.  But language learning cannot be done only in the classroom and no matter how detailed and successful your lesson plans are, your English students will need to practice their English skills outside of the classroom for their language learning process to be complete.
In order to be able to assist students to improve English outside of the classroom, teachers can use various computerized language learning enhancement tools. As virtually all students use a computer on a daily basis, integrating the English learning process with computer usage can be a successful way to improve English. English grammar mistakes, for example, may be recognized and corrected by an automatic correction tool. The learner is able to view mistakes and their possible correction while she is engaged in her daily activities, such as writing an email to a close personal friend or submitting posts in a social network or a blog. That way the task of seeking to improve English becomes natural.
Language learning through the use of text to speech technology can also be very useful for students that seek to improve English. Learning how to speak clearly and with correct pronunciation is something that can be practiced again and again in the classroom. But no matter how much you will practice with your students, during their language learning classes, and how much you integrate speech practice into your lesson plans, it is not enough. Daily practice of speech and pronunciation is necessary to achieve great results with speaking and accent, in the same way that daily writing practice is essential for improving English Grammar. Text to Speech can aid your students with that essential daily practice, as they can listen to their own texts read by male, or female, realistic voices with British or American accents. Every time they write a letter or an email or want to submit a post on a social networking website, they can actually listen to what they wrote. They can practice by repeating the sentences that they hear and by playing and re-playing them until they achieve perfection with their pronunciation and accent. The trick is to encourage your students to improve English by practicing on a daily basis.

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Jan 9th 2011

Learning English

Learning English and mastering English language usage are gradual and progressive processes. Self improvement is possible through daily practice. The more time you take learning English every day, the better is will become. It’s as simple as that! The thing is, learning English on a daily basis is not always simple if you have a job, if you are a parent, a university student etc. In the daily struggle to find time for all your occupations you will not always be able to find the time for learning English. A lot of people just give up because of time constrictions; they don’t have time for daily English learning and just can’t see themselves mastering the English language. It’s quite sad actually, because daily practice does not have to be two, or three hours long, you can invest as little as thirty minutes a day for a gradual improvement process to take place. Some people will try e leaning, taking English online courses in order to compensate for their lack of time. Because many of these e learning online courses do not adapt themselves to the specific needs of the user and are ready made, a lot of English language learners will stop using them or not use them on the day to day basis that is necessary for effectively learning English.
The solution is quite simple: if you don’t have time to learn English in your day to day life make your day to day life about learning English. If you find that the e learning English online tools do not answer your English learning needs, you need to select a tool that can be integrated with your daily writing. Using a software that is able to correct mistakes with context sensitivity and also analyze them and provide you with frequent error reports will allow you to do just that. You just need to continue with your daily activities: writing emails, posting on the internet and writing letters and documents. While you work, your context sensitive correction and learning tool will teach and instruct you. It will offer you correction suggestions, correct all spelling and grammar mistakes, and also monitor all your mistakes and provide you with a learning course that is tailored to fit your specific needs. Learning English and the progressive improvement that is necessary to master the English language will simply become part of your routine.

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Jan 9th 2011

Text to Speech

Mastering English speech is perhaps the most difficult task facing the ESL student. For people whose native language is different than English text to speech technology is essential for achieving that difficult task. Using advanced text speech technology will assist the ESL student in learning how to transform text into speech and how to express herself in a coherent way, using precise pronunciation and a clear accent.
Online services, such as Google translate and English grammar correction tools will provide you with written texts only. In order to master pronunciation and speaking with a proper accent, text to speech is an essential tool.
“This is an ambiguous, encyclopedic and pneumatic technologically advanced achievement!” besides being absolute drivel, such sentences are very difficult to pronounce for a person that is not a native English speaker. Text to speech technology can help improve speech and assist the user in successfully reading such sentences.
Another example for how text speech technology can assist someone who is interested in learning the English language and improving speech is to use it on texts that were translated by the Google translate service. Many people are using Google translate to translate various on line texts and websites from their own language to English. By copying such texts and pasting them to a word processor users are able to have the text to speech feature read aloud the texts that were translated by the Google translate service. Listening to those texts read aloud will assist in determining whether the Google translate service provided you with realistic results. Also, it can assist you in understanding how complete texts that are familiar to the user from her own native language will sound like in English. By listening to such texts spoken aloud by a realistic, human voice, learners are able to practice their English while they read and translate.
There are many more uses to text to speech technology. Improving one’s speech is a progressive and gradual process for the English learner. Using the text speech technology on a daily basis simulates an English speaking environment. Having the text to speech feature read texts aloud, pause it after a few sentences and them reading the text aloud yourself is a great way to practice your English communication skills. Pronunciation and accent are skills that require much practice. Text speech technology can provide you with the right tools and allow constant practice.

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Jan 9th 2011

Learning disabilities

Technological solutions for people with learning disabilities can improve their quality of life and assist them to feel more confident in a regular learning environment. The task, which is simple to some, of translating one’s thoughts into written language can be extremely difficult for people with learning disabilities. Most people that have learning disabilities such as Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – adhd, dyslexia etc. will have some difficulty in reading. There are many degrees of reading difficulties and the means by which assistance is provided need to be adjusted specifically. Special education for people that have learning difficulties such as Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – adhd, and dyslexia uses assistive technology aids to help students. Such assistive technology tools may include the automatic grammar and spelling correction tool.
For people with learning disabilities the regular spell checker cannot always be useful. Some people that suffer from dyslexia, for example, will have spelling mistakes that are so far removed from the original word they intended to write that the regular spell checker will not recognize it or will offer them spelling corrections that contain words they did not intend to write. A context-sensitive spell checker will take a look, not only at each word in order to look for possible spelling errors, but also at the entire sentence and analyze context, just like a human being would. By analyzing context, the spell checker is able to recognize words with severe spelling mistakes and offer the right corrections. Students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – adhd, dyslexia and other learning disabilities are able to view their original sentences, with all their mistakes alongside the corrected sentences. Seeing them one next to the other assists them to learn exactly what their error was. In addition to that the context-sensitive spell checker that possesses Text to Speech capability will assist students with learning difficulties to listen to their errors and to the corrections offered. Some people with learning disabilities will find it difficult to read the suggested corrections. The ability to listen to the various correction suggestions will allow students with learning difficulties to select, with ease, the right one. Text to speech can also assist by reading aloud long texts that would otherwise be very difficult for some people with learning disabilities to handle. It also makes proofreading much easier, as texts can be read and re-read to the student.

To learn more about proofreading check our proofreading guide.

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Jan 9th 2011

Grammar Checker

A simple grammar check, done with a regular grammar checker that does not have context awareness, can produce confusing results. Let’s take a look at a regular grammar check and then compare it with a context-aware grammar check.
If you type, in a regular grammar checker, the following sentence: “My English Vocabulary is much bitter now!” it will think everything is great with it. All the words are spelled correctly and there are no grammar mistakes so you will get no correction offers. The only problem is, you just wrote an extremely silly sentence in English and your Grammar checker thinks nothing is wrong with it. Your English will become bitter indeed.
The context-aware correction software will recognize your mistake right away because it relies, not only on a list of grammatical rules that are automatically applied, but on a vast database of English language sentences. This allows the context-smart Grammar check to recognize mistakes that are not directly related with misspelled words or grammar errors. The correction offered will be, of course: “My English Vocabulary is much better now!” Better indeed.
Let’s look at another sentence: “I developed a unique system of English liaison plans that improve Vocabulary and Grammar!”
Your regular, naughty, Grammar check will see nothing wrong with this sentence. Now think of the embarrassment of presenting such a sentence in a conference or a business meeting. Even very experienced writers can occasionally make silly mistakes like that, especially if they rely on a spell check to correct errors and do not proofread.
As you can see, you can get countless amusing results. The fact of the matter is, creating a coherent sentence in English, or in any other language for that matter, is all about context, and a spell checker that is not context aware will give you many results that are simply silly.
Our context-aware Grammar check will correct the above sentence and transform it into a logical and “moral” one: “I developed a unique system of English lesson plans that improve Vocabulary and Grammar!”  Much better!
So if you don’t want to make liaison plans and speak bitter English please choose your automatic correction tool carefully. If it does not analyze a complete sentence in order to take a look at contextual connections it will probably appreciate silly sentences like the ones above and think nothing is wrong with them.

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