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Task 3.2.7 – Improve the quality of the language by using writing tools

 

Description of Task 3.2.7 – Improve the quality of the language by using writing tools

Students must provide quality oral or written assignments that meet the expectations of higher education.

This task consists of using digital writing tools for the purpose of improving the quality of the English language in their assignments. sistent citations.

Supplemental Information

Students check the spelling, grammar and syntax of their assignments to make them readable and free of errors. They can also improve its style and vocabulary and adapt their writing to the communicative environment of their field of study.

To do so, students can carry out the following tasks:

  • use the spell check function to support the detection and correction of their errors;
  • use a digital thesaurus for synonyms to vary the vocabulary;
  • use a digital dictionary to find the proper and appropriate word;
  • use specific functions to process conjugation, punctuation or typography.

Requirements – Suggestions

We can use various means to help students develop and demonstrate their capacity to improve their English with the help of ICT. Here are some examples:

  • require proof of using a specialized text correction software with a screen shot of the error report before and after the correction;
  • recover the digital version of a text in review mode, including markups;
  • ask students to present their correction process: tools used, examples of the corrections made, learning outcomes, gaps to fill, etc.;
  • recover the digital version of the original and corrected versions of the text to detect the differences (certain tools allow the comparison of two texts automatically).

Potential Tools

The following tools are available digitally to support the improvement of English:

  • dictionaries for definitions, citations, conjugation, thesaurus, etc.;
  • glossaries;
  • text correction software;
  • text analysis tools;
  • specialized tools for helping with writing (word prediction tool, voice synthesis, etc.).

A variety of tools (software or web applications) offer one or more of these functions: most word processors, Antidote, WordQ, etc.

In addition, many websites, general and specialized, provide or recommend learning resources, reference material and different guide to improve language.

In Practice

The English help centres in colleges are without a doubt places that students should visit. The tutors and resource teachers can support students and propose resources and tools.

Even though a number of traditional tools exist to correct a text (paper versions of dictionaries and grammars), digital tools are may be more efficient and pleasant to use. Also, in addition to making individual work easier, digital tools facilitate and speed up the revision and correction process in teamwork. Finally, technology has produced new productive tools that make learning and productivity easier, such as text correction software and the functions in word processors.

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