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A Writing Support Tool for Learners of English as a Second Language PROCEEDINGS

, , Kagawa University, Japan ; , Kinki University, Japan

World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Quebec City, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-63-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This paper proposes a writing support tool for learners of English as a second language by using search engines. The proposed tool consists of a composition support module and a learning module. The composition support module automatically constructs queries from an entered words, expressions and optional information. The module provides ranking tables and graphs based on hit counts of those queries, and usage of the entered words and expressions based on user's level of English vocabulary. It is considered that user's search logs include important information for learning support. The learning support module classifies and outputs user's weak points by analyzing the search logs. The module automatically creates quizzes to overcome his weak points. Moreover, the module makes words and phrases lists based on user's level of English vocabulary. By utilizing the proposed tool, a user can search usage of the words and expressions on the Web, and verify the sentences and expressions which the user wrote by the hit counts of them. The user can also learn English effectively.

Citation

Ando, K., Tsunashima, Y. & Mizobuchi, S. (2007). A Writing Support Tool for Learners of English as a Second Language. In T. Bastiaens & S. Carliner (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2007 (pp. 6991-6996). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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