WRITE: Writing revision instrument for teaching english

Jia Jiunn Lo*, Ying Chieh Wang, Shiou-Wen Yeh

*Corresponding author for this work

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Corrective feedback and error correction are important tasks for ESL/EFL (English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language) writing instruction. Research findings showed that students' major difficulty in error correction lies in their failure to detect errors. Also, researchers proposed that error analysis can be reinvented in the form of computer-aided error analysis, a new type of computer corpus annotation. Annotations on digital documents can be easily shared among groups of people, making them valuable for a wide variety of tasks, including providing feedback. This study developed a web-based online corrective feedback and error analysis system called WRITE (Writing Revision Instrument for Teaching English). With this system, teachers can make error corrections on digitized documents, on the general web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, with online annotations in the same way as the traditional paper-based correction approach. The WRITE system can feedback correct answers, teachers' comments, and the grammatical error type for each error to students. In addition, this system can provide users the annotation marks subject to different query conditions so that the problem of cognitive overload can be avoided. For error analysis purposes, this system can access the database and analyzes students' errors and displays the results as requested. Students use WRITE will be able to effectively identify more errors. Moreover, the ways that the corrective feedback delivered through the online annotation system can be used by students to develop his/her corrective strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnologies for E-Learning and Digital Entertainment - Third International Conference, Edutainment 2008, Proceedings
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 4 Aug 2008
Event3rd International Conference on Technologies for E-Learning and Digital Entertainment, Edutainment 2008 - Nanjing, China
Duration: 25 Jun 200827 Jun 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5093 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference3rd International Conference on Technologies for E-Learning and Digital Entertainment, Edutainment 2008


  • Computer assisted language learning (CALL)
  • Error analysis
  • Error correction
  • Error feedback
  • Online annotation
  • Writing instruction

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