March 15, 2017
Here are two interesting web tools created by an English language teacher to help students with their writing. The first one is an online word counter to assist students evaluate length of sentences , define typing and reading speed, and meet word requirements. The second tool is an online grammar check to check for grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes.
1- Word Counter
'Word Counter can do more than just count words and characters. It can improve word choice and writing style, and, optionally, help you to detect grammar mistakes and plagiarism. To check word count, simply place your cursor into the box[provided] and start typing. You'll see the number of characters and words increase or decrease as you type, delete, and edit them. You can also copy and paste text from another program over into the box ... The Auto-Save feature will make sure you won't lose any changes while editing, even if you leave the site and come back later.'
2- Grammar Check
'This tool helps students check for grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes. The way it works is very simple: First, write out your text as usual in any word processing program that you prefer. Review it yourself first to catch any stray words or thoughts and bring them in to order. When you’re done, enter your text into the box provided…Press the grey Free Check button. If you see an underlined spelling error, style suggestion, or grammar suggestion in your text, click on them to see more options. Apply corrections where you need them. Then, the system will automatically check grammar usage and spelling and give you the final verdict. Lastly, make the suggested changes to your text before you send it on its way.'