Thursday, October 16, 2008

Topic: Grammar Checkers

10-second review: Considers the computer grammar checkers to be a partner in her teaching of editing.

Title: “My New Teaching Partner: Using the Grammar Checker in Writing Instruction.” R Potter and D Fuller. English Journal (September 2008), 36-41. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary: Has students use the grammar checker on their writing, but encourages them to question and discuss the checker’s reasons.

Comment: Sure, the grammar checker is not infallible, in fact, sometimes ridiculous, but having a dialogue about the checker’s suggestions provides an opportunity to explain the accuracy and misunderstandings of its suggestions and raises issues in style and grammar. Another way to reinforce the uses of grammar. Why not? RayS.

The purpose of this blog, English Updates, is to review interesting contemporary (2008-2009) articles from professional English education journals at all levels—elementary, middle school, junior high school, high school and college.

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