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Easy Writer Software and Grammar Help! Handbook

Easy Writer

Easy Writer Interactive Software for ESL
This software for Windows PCs lets students read and correct real compositions from other ESL students. This is the only software program that lets students work with authentic writing and authentic errors. Easy Writer will improve writing skills and entertain students for hours. We recommend this software for all intermediate to advanced ESL students from any background.

 

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ESL.net Easy Writer Overview

Platform:
Windows XP, 2000, ME, NT, 98, 95
Available Languages:
American English (easily applicable to other dialects)
Target Ages:
12 to adult
Levels:
Intermediate, Advanced
Methodology:
Authentic Material, Fluency First
Scope:
Reading, Writing, Grammar
Site License?
Yes

Easy Writer is a multimedia CD-ROM for Windows computers which teaches English. Easy Writer presents hundreds of authentic papers written by real ESL students. The task in Easy Writer is to correct the texts by identifying and then clicking on the mistakes and then fixing them.

Jane Boris, the author of Easy Writer software, knows how to teach ESL grammar as well as anyone. She has been teaching it for over 20 years. Jane feels that one of the most difficult aspects of teaching ESL is proper grammar skills in context. Every teacher knows what good writing is, but very few can actually teach it. Since every piece of writing is unique, it is often a moving target.

What many students need most is practice and supervision. Since this is impractical in our era of tightening teacher budgets and time constraints, Easy Writer comes to the rescue by giving students a chance to practice on their own. The computer keeps track of mistakes and guides the students toward a better understanding of the English language.


About Easy Writer CD-ROM

Easy Writer is an ESL Writing tutorial for intermediate and advanced English grammar students. The CD-ROM for Windows computers contains hours of valuable and fun writing correction and practice.

The main objective of this unique CD-ROM is teach students English grammar by making them correct common mistakes of other ESL students.

The ESL writings (letters, essays, etc) are chosen from real ESL students throughout the world. The letters are broken up into different levels of difficulty.

How does it work? Students read the writings on the screen and correct them by simply clicking on the mistaken words and then entering the correction into the keyboard. Easy Writer will then alert the student if his correction is wrong, or congratulate him if the right correction was made. It may sound confusing, but it isn't. Help is always available at any time. Also, if the student does not know the answer he can just click to get it.

ESL students can can use Easy Writer to reinforce previous ESL writing skills learned in school. And ESL schools that incorporate Easy Writer into their curriculum give their students a fun and sound way to learn good writing skills. There are different versions of the software designed for use by individuals and language labs alike.

This unique software package is like having a teacher right there! All the essays contained within this program were written by students in ESL and non-ESL writing classes. With essays such as "Leaving Honduras", "Money and Love", "My Hopes for China", and "What Is a Miracle?", learners will spend hours engaged and involved in writing and the writing process. This was developed by a teacher and is the perfect product for teachers, tutors, and those learning English at home.



Easy Writer Standard (no audio)

      

This unique interactive software package for ESL students is like having a teacher right there! All the essays contained within this program were written by students in ESL and non-ESL writing classes. With essays such as "Leaving Honduras", "Money and Love", "My Hopes for China", and "What Is a Miracle?", learners will spend hours engaged and involved in writing and the writing process. This was developed by a teacher and is the perfect product for teachers, tutors, and those learning English at home.


Easy Writer Deluxe (audio version)

      

Easy Writer Standard's Interactive Practice with Error Correction and Grammar Practice and Listen to the Essays at the Same Time! With Easy Writer Deluxe, listen first and then work with the essays, or do the essay activities first, and then listen to the essay read aloud. As with all our Software for Students products, this is custom-made for learners, easy to navigate, and allows the learner to be in control of the learning process -in a pressure-free learning environment. Learn about our online resources that enhance the learning experience and make Easy Writer a comprehensive learning package.


Grammar HELP! Student Handbook

      

A handbook and a workbook rolled into one, the Grammar HELP! Student Handbook is filled with more than 230 pages of sentences and paragraphs written by students from college ESL, remedial writing, and even Freshman English classes, who agreed to contribute their writing to help others to become better writers in the English language, too.  If you use Easy Writer, now you can have direct access to the hundreds of Grammar HELP! pages wherever you are - whether at home, in school, in the subway, or on a bus.  But we didn't stop there.  In addition to the Grammar HELP! pages, you'll get:

  • Power Edit exercises throughout each chapter which provide immediate reinforcement and practice with the grammar just learned.
  • You'll also now have all new editing exercises at the end of each unit which advance in difficulty and challenge - beginning with manageable groups of sentences and ending with paragraphs that vary in length and difficulty.
  • We've also maintained our user-friendly design so that chapters of the Grammar HELP! Student Handbook and units of Easy Writer software are cross-referenced.  You can go from one to the other quickly and easily! 


The Sounds of Writing: Students' Essays Aloud

      

Here is the perfect budget learning aide by Software for Students.  It's a great gift, too. The Sounds of Writing can be used alone or along with Easy Writer.  Listen to all 85 essays contained in Easy Writer.  Read along with the corrected texts.  The Sounds of Writing provides practice with listening comprehension, conversation and additional writing. Opportunities for note-taking and dictation, too.  Easy to use.



 

Screen Shots With Explanations

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Main Menu

Main Menu

Choose Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, or Expert class questions.

Level 1 - students merely recognize a mistake and the computer automatically corrects it.
Level 2 - students must both recognize and correct mistakes
Level 3 - advanced practice and now the student writes his/her own essays
Expert Level - A quick review of all the grammar points

Level 1

Level 1 Menu

On this screen students choose from the available grammar points to study:

Grammar points include: Verbs, Nouns & Pronouns, Possessives, Prepositions, Punctuation, Articles, Spelling, & Mixed Bag

Articles Menu

Articles Menu

Here is an example of some authentic essays available in the Articles Menu:

  • I Wanted to be a Fireman
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • My First Week of College
  • Money and Love

Exercise Menu

Exercise Menu

On this screen one can see the Article entitled "I Wanted to Be a Firemen" by former Jane Boris student Alexandr Vishnevetsky.

As a student progresses through the Easy Writer program, he/she will read and correct over 80 such essays while learning grammar points. It's easy, fun, and educational at the same time.

 


Conclusion

We at ESL.net feel that Easy Writer is a necessary application for schools with high school / college level ESL students who need to improve their grammar. Although it is not yet tied to national standards and does not feature assessment, student tracking, or a final test, it is a real-world tool that actually works.

Easy Writer is intended and well suited for high school / community college ESL students who need real-world grammar practice. A free demo is available by contacting us.
- ESL.net Staff review


More Easy Writer Reviews

"Easy Writer is well thought out in its design. Especially useful are the grammar reference sections that allow students to review pertinent grammar in a number of ways. Each level has a number of focus areas such as Level I with prepositions, articles, nouns and pronouns etc. Each area has a number of essays that focus on the target area and include specific grammar referral sheets. An extremely useful tool is the grammar help section, which highlights the mistakes of a particular essay and clicks through to an explanation of the error involved. Students can easily approach the exercises either as a review of or as an introduction to grammatical concepts."
- by Kenneth Beare, About.com Guide to English as 2nd Language

"This (program) stands out for its ease of use and also its originality...The author...has a clear view of the real language standards of real students and the tasks are not pitched impossibly high...(A) program like this...throws (students) a lifeline."
- by Tony Williams,Wida Software, July 2000 IATEFL


System Requirements

Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP, 64 MB RAM, 14 MB hard drive space, 256 color display, and a mouse.


 

Get a Demo!

Demo of Easy Writer Deluxe.   Download

 


Easy Writer Standard (no audio)

Title
ISBN
Media Type
Part #
Price
Purchase Online
Easy Writer CD-ROM Standard - (1-4 Users) N/A CD-ROM PC #9098 $84.00
Easy Writer CD-ROM Standard - (5 Users) N/A CD-ROM PC #9101 $386.00
Easy Writer CD-ROM Standard - (10 Users) N/A CD-ROM PC #9102 $714.00
Easy Writer CD-ROM Standard - (30 Users) N/A CD-ROM PC #9103 $1260.00

Easy Writer Deluxe (audio version)

Title
ISBN
Media Type
Part #
Price
Purchase Online
Easy Writer CD-ROM Deluxe - (1-4 Users) N/A CD-ROM PC #9099 $110.00
Easy Writer CD-ROM Deluxe - (5 Users) N/A CD-ROM PC #9104 $506.00
Easy Writer CD-ROM Deluxe - (10 Users) N/A CD-ROM PC #9105 $935.00
Easy Writer CD-ROM Deluxe - (30 Users) N/A CD-ROM PC #9106 $1650.00

Grammar Help! Student Handbook

Title
ISBN
Media Type
Part #
Price
Purchase Online
The Grammar Help! Student Handbook 1932560696 Book #7337 $25.95

Sounds of Writing: Students' Essays Aloud

Title
ISBN
Media Type
Part #
Price
Purchase Online
Easy Writer The Sounds of Writing - (1-4 Users) N/A CD-ROM PC #9100 $41.00
Easy Writer The Sounds of Writing - (5 Users) N/A CD-ROM PC #9107 $195.00
Easy Writer The Sounds of Writing - (10 Users) N/A CD-ROM PC #9108 $349.00
Easy Writer The Sounds of Writing - (30 Users) N/A CD-ROM PC #9109 $676.00

 

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