Need help with writing English or grading papers?
Posted on 20 May, 2012
I just came across a little known site called "Paper Rater" http://www.paperrater.com/free_paper_grader It is a wonderful start-up that has almost zero readership. I hope that this humble posting will improve his following. (Oops, I assumed it is a him, I am such a chauvinist ;-) )
Anyway, most of you know that I am a great Spoken English coach. But I am less than average when it come to grammar and writing skills. I was looking for sites that would give me some tools to help students in our upcoming writing workshop called "Eseel" linked HERE. Truthfully, I was tempted to not share this site with you guys. I am a bit embarrassed by my grammar skills and this would definitely make me, or any teacher, look impressive. The reports are great, if a bit canned. They are also machine generated so it is a very limited tool when it comes to creative writing. For the ESL learner this limitation would be minimal. The main functions and tests performed by the software is great for normal ESL students.
My test was simply to take a recent blog page written for an upcoming class and submit it for grading. I probably would not have shared it if I had done bad. Here is the blog page I submitted: http://myeslfriends.com/wordpress/edupunk-english/qf-english/
I chose to have the paper graded as a college (undergraduate) level student. I had trouble deciding on the paper category but went with business correspondence. As I am not trying to find the limits of the program, I did not do several trials. I also chose to do the longer evaluation by checking the originality detection. The following reports were generated in less than 1 second. The last item is the full report.
As a student this tool would be great. For teachers, this could take a lot of the pressure off by letting this program do the first iteration of evaluation. I am sure that this start-up should be encouraged. Please consider visiting his site and using the FEEDBACK button located on the right side of the page.
Or, here is a great idea... GRADE YOUR TEACHER! Get a sample of their writing (class description, homework assignment, example of narrative, etc.) submit it and then share your findings with him. On second thought, better not. This could be a boon to many at the perfect price, FREE.
This and all things Edupunk can be found on my blog here: www.myESLfriends.com