The Internet Writing Lab
What is it? An online proofing resource that marks up text with meaningful icons rather than squiggly lines. The lab is powered by LingTech’s WordMAP Writing Aids and Assessment System (WordMAP WAAS). A WordMAP-ed grammar-check report looks like this:
these [1CAP] paragraphs is [AGREE?] an example of a Grammar [NOCAP] Check [NOCAP] listing. Their [=there] are [AGREE?] many error [PLUR?] to illustrate how error flags are inserted [PSVE] into the text.
The utility of icons in a ‘User <=> Computer’ setting was first established experimentally by Xerox and subsequently exploited by both Apple and Microsoft as the basis for the modern graphical user interface (GUI).
So why is it that word processing applications deploy an effective icon interface in all that they do except for grammar checking, when suddenly what you see are squiggly lines?
Frankly, because the developers of those products did not see writing assistance and assessment as a priority - they did not have the English student in mind. We do, and can assure you that the Internet Writing Lab generates reports that are icon-centered all the way.
FOREMOST BENEFITS OF THE LAB
Grammar-check icons that elicit memory recall of specific concepts really do MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Each proofing icon is linked to an illustrated statement of the principle it represents.
"Computer analysis of student essays can provide a level of detail in feedback to students, teachers, and others that is not possible using human readers alone. This kind of feedback has important implications for instruction in English composition. Moreover, computer analysis can provide detailed feedback on many written products, even lengthy ones; a teacher of English will normally provide detailed feedback on only a few brief essays." Click here for the full report.
Writing Lab assessment modules evaluate writing skills and suggest where improvement is needed to be a successful player in the all-important LANGUAGE GAME ... while there's still plenty of time to 'work out the kinks.'
The Writing Lab automatically logs student performance with the submission of each writing assignment, making it possible for students, teachers, and administrators to track progress longitudinally.
In addition to writing aids and assessment services, the Writing Lab also houses a graded vocabulary mastery series consisting of three-thousand (3000) words presented in drills of twenty-five words each.
As in all established fields in the world of science - but in English for the first time - classroom instruction can be coupled with 'hands-on' involvement with a variety of real-life language problems and applications in a laboratory setting.
Educators who have implemented systematic use of LingTech writing aids and assessment software in their classrooms report improved test scores.
It's a win-win formula for student and teacher alike!
Are you a teacher who is firmly convinced that students must actually write on a regular basis in order to learn to be good writers?
Are you over-worked and underpaid, harassed by mounting piles of student themes, or 'twinged' with guilt over not assigning enough for a solid basis of student practice and feedback? 
If you qualify on both counts, test drive the Language Included - Internet Writing Lab combo. Computerized language assessment can significantly reduce your load while simultaneously generating additional, just-in-time feedback beyond your abilities to provide.
Trial offers are available.
Are you an administrator under the gun to boost reading and writing skills ... or run the risk of federal sanctions?
If so, you may be interested in the conclusions of one superintendent who beta-tested the Internet Writing Lab software in his district.
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Tradition teaches us that English is English and the way one uses it is either 'right' or 'wrong.' Nothing could be further from the truth. The genome sees to it that we are all alike ... and different. Physically, no two persons are identical in every respect. Each person has a unique finger print, a unique iris print, etc. By the same token, the English you speak and write is both similar to and different from the English of everyone else.
"It's the differences that make the difference," a wise man reputedly said.The Internet Writing Lab makes it clear where the similarities AND the differences are in language from person to person. The Internet Writing Lab puts numbers to it all and graphs it for you to see.
Find out in what ways your numbers are similar to and different from those of folks who have succeeded in the Language Game. Let The Internet Writing Lab and its Language Included companion light the way.
Companies that develop and market standardized language tests - the ones so big they sprawl about on entire campuses of their own - they have the best interests of the student squarely in mind. At least that's what they would like you to think. It's hard to believe them though. Why?
Because essentially the same information their tests provide too late to serve any other purpose than screening college or job applicants can be obtained routinely via computer analysis of student writings at their local schools, fully in time to help students improve and teachers implement remediation strategies.
The technology to serve the student body in this way has been available for fifteen years or more. The 'big ones' have it in their laboratories, but it's unlikely at this late date that you'll see them packaging it for use with anyone but themselves in mind. The prospect of self-testing makes them 'quake in their money bags,' given that it promises to dis-establish the 'standardized' testing establishment.
Let Language Included and The Internet Writing Lab bring just-in-time,