English Language iTutoring
Improve your English through practice and feedback
English Language iTutoring Ltd has developed online English language learning tools using automated assessment tools. From free feedback and encouragement to help individuals improve, to support for teachers, as well as exam practice and APIs for integration into existing products, explore how ELiT is creating new ways of supporting learners and teachers of English.
Helping learners to improve their English language skills
Write & Improve is the first ELiT product. It is the reliable, new way to improve writing skills. And it’s completely free for learners of English!
We are developing new tools to support speaking, reading and listening too.
“The data-driven approach is the only way to create tools like these,” says Professor Ted Briscoe. “Building automated tests that use multiple choice is easy. The stuff we are doing is messy, and it’s ever- changing. We’ve shown that if you train a system to this year’s exam on data from 10 years ago the system is less accurate than if you train it on data from last year.”
This is why, says Briscoe, it’s unimaginable to reach a point where the machines have learned enough to understand and predict almost all of the typical mistakes learners make: “Language is a moving target. English is constantly being globalised; vocabulary changes; grammar evolves; and methods of assessment change as progress in pedagogy happen. I don’t think there will ever be a point when we can say ‘we are done now’.” Professor Ted Briscoe, June 2015, www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/computer-tutor
What we do
Advances in computational linguistics and machine learning can be used to provide a range of tools to support learners of English and ELT professionals inside and outside the classroom.
ELiT has developed patented technology to do this within a robust pedagogical framework and supportive environment.
What we create
ELiT is developing a range of Improve products to support English language learners.
We have created Write & Improve, Write & Improve+, and a generic API to access our automated assessment engine.
Coming next a beta version of Read & Improve.
Who we are
Established in 2014, ELiT brings together academics and tech entrepreneurs who have extensive experience working in the English Language Teaching field.
The company employs a range of highly qualified software engineers, computational linguists, data scientists and an annotation team of ELT specialists.
ELiT is owned by Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press.
Read & Improve
We are actively developing Read & Improve. Access is available to the beta test data-gathering engine.
We will apply the same rigour and technological approach as we did for Write & Improve.
We aim to harness the power of technology to deliver robust automated assessment and nuanced feedback to support teachers in the classroom setting, as well as the self-study learner on any devic,e far removed from any educational institution.
Tell us what you think – use Write & Improve at beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. Or drop us a line.
Join our research project and try Read & Improve beta