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About the Author

He is a tenured ESL teacher at Ahuntsic College in Montreal. He earned a B.A. in English Literature (1995), a TESL Certificate (2002), and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics (2009) from Concordia University. He taught for 5 years in South Korea. In June 2017, TESL Canada awarded his Actively Engaged Series of textbooks the TESL Innovation Award. In November 2017, the Minister of Heritage Canada, the Honorable Melanie Joly, presented him with a Sesquicentennial Pin Award for Leadership in Education. Nicholas currently serves on the ESL Coordination Subcommittee.

Real Life Stories

Published May 30, 2010

Moodle Correction Perfection

Nicholas Walker Teacher, Collège Ahuntsic

Moodle can do a better job providing corrective feedback on writing errors than hand coding on MS Word through a repurposing of the standard glossary.

English (Second Language)


Virtual tutor

Published March 23, 2018

10 Reasons to Use a Grammar Checker with College Students

Nicholas Walker Teacher, Collège Ahuntsic

When students went on strike in 2012, a colleague and I used the extra time to launch a free online grammar checker website for our English Second Language college students. Now, after 6 years of development, the Virtual Writing Tutor is in its third incarnation. To see some of its evolution, see earlie stories about the development of this grammar checker published on Profweb in 2013. Better-looking, more powerful, and more accurate than ever before, it has attracted the interest of researchers and has corrected the writing of nearly a million learners from 211 countries. Here are 10 reasons why ESL teachers should consider using the Virtual Writing Tutor grammar checker with their college ESL students.


Real Life Stories

Published January 13, 2013

The Virtual Writing Tutor

Nicholas Walker Teacher, Collège Ahuntsic

The Virtual Writing Tutor is a new and interesting online resource for computer-assisted error correction in English writing. Improving the quantity or frequency of feedback, as well as its timeliness, quality and detail, benefits students while reducing the time and tedium involved in correcting large numbers of assignments for teachers of ESL.

English (Second Language)