English Language iTutoring
Improve your English through practice and feedback
English Language iTutoring Ltd – a joint venture with Cambridge University – 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.
Working with English language teachers worldwide
Are you teaching English as a Foreign Language?
ELiT can support your teaching, reducing your risk of boredom, bias and burnout, saving you time and helping your students get the best results possible.
Delivering integrated language learning assessments
We have developed a robust API that allows access to our automated assessment engine for ESOL texts.
Commercial-level access is available for many of our projects, including Write & Improve + and our assessment API.
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
Write & Improve +Class View and +Test Zone are subscription products offering specific support for teachers and specialised exam practice.
We have developed a robust API, that allows access to our automated assessment engine for ESOL texts.
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.