Friday, April 6, 2018

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Friday, February 16, 2018

How to Use the Hypertext Narrative Creator on the Virtual Writing Tutor


Create hypertext narratives with the Virtual Writing Tutor, and improve your vocabulary, grammar, and digital literacy skills in the process.

Embedded Hypertext Narrative

Chemistry and Pharmacology

Chemistry and Pharmacology

A hypertext narrative by

Nicholas Walker

Created with

The Virtual Writing Tutor Grammar Checker

Next

Word count: 766

Choice count: 4

Section count: 20

Image count: 20

Error count: 0

Field Related Analysis:

Education : 16 matches (School, ability, campus, choice, college, degree, don, learn, major, project, reader, research, school, semester, test, university)

Nursing : 14 matches (cancer, test, effects, foot, fungus, mushroom, nervous, pharmacist, pharmacology, reaction, species, treatment, treat, chemistry)

Biology : 11 matches (cancer, drive, family, nervous system, pharmacology, reaction, shoot, species, spectroscopy, humans, laboratory)

Target Structure:

a foot in the door (1 match)

background check (1 match)

learn the ropes (1 match)

Next

Chemistry and Pharmacology

Montmorency College

Start at the beginning.

I'm studying Sciences at Montmorency College to become a pharmacist. It's my final year of college, and I'm perplexed. I'm not sure which university I want to go to.

Choice 1 : Go to the University of Montreal.

Choice 2 : Go to the University of Laval.

By Université_de_Montréal.JPG: Colocho derivative work: Chicoutimi [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Go to the University of Montreal.

I am happy that I have chosen to study at the University of Montreal. I love the professors here, and I'm happy that I am close to my family and friends. After two years of study, this is my last year at university. I wonder what I can do after finishing my studies.

Choice 1 : Work for the army as a chemist.

Choice 2 : Get a foot in the door as a research laboratory chemist.

By René Bélanger [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Go to the University of Laval.

I decided to move to Quebec and live on the campus of the University of Laval. I have been living here for 2 months, and it's almost the end of the semester. I'm tired of all these exams and I miss my family and friends. I seriously wonder if I want to continue my studies. What should I do?

Write a choice here.

Military chemists at work

Work for the army as a chemist.

I decided to join the army. After the mandatory background check, I receive a modest salary with benefits since I work for the Canadian Forces. The Sergeant Major has just told me that he is forming a group made up entirely of chemists to work on a top-secret project. He wants me to learn the ropes and then to synthesize a chemical that is easily diffused in the air and has the ability to attack a person's nervous system. The amount that we have been asked to synthesize is enough to kill millions of people! What have I gotten myself into?

Write a choice here.

By User:SPat (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Work in a research laboratory as a chemist.

I have been working for 5 years in this laboratory looking for a cure for cancer. The equipment I use allows me to produce the compounds I want, and infrared spectroscopy allows me to check the purity of these products. My data tells me that it is better to add spores of a new species of mushroom that grows in Brazil to treat cancer. I don't know if it's a good idea since I don't know the effects of this fungus on humans.

Write a choice here.

By Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (Hungnam Chemical Fertilizer Company) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Start your own chemical company.

Write this part of the story here and present your reader with choices.

Write a choice here.

By Jakec (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Agree to join the top-secret group.

Write this part of the story here and present your reader with choices.

Write a choice here.

Write a choice here.

By Gorup de Besanez (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Refuse to join the top-secret group.

Write this part of the story here and present your reader with choices.

Write a choice here.

Bomb design

Fix the problem in the protocol.

Write this part of the story here and present your reader with choices.

Write a choice here.

By U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Aaron Peterson. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Say nothing and hope that the reaction doesn't work.

Write this part of the story here and present your reader with choices.

Write a choice here.

By Rev. Thomas Davidson 1856-1923 (ed.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Stay late and wait for the Sergeant Major.

Write this part of the story here and present your reader with choices.

Write a choice here.

By Bryan Ledgard (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ledgard/8151413400/) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Add the mushroom spores to the treatment.

Write this part of the story here and present your reader with choices.

Write a choice here.

Test the remedy now.

Write this part of the story here and present your reader with choices.

Write a choice here.

Kill them both and destroy the treatment.

Write this part of the story here and present your reader with choices.

Write a choice here.

Try to scare them away with the gun.

Write this part of the story here and present your reader with choices.

Write a choice here.

Bang-bang, shoot them both.

Write this part of the story here and present your reader with choices.

Write a choice here.

Bang! Shoot myself.

Write this part of the story here and present your reader with choices.

Write a choice here.

I started to feel strange.

Write this part of the story here and present your reader with choices.

Write a choice here.

Quit school and drive a bus.

Write this part of the story here and present your reader with choices.

Write a choice here.

Continue studying at school and finish my degree.

Write this part of the story here and present your reader with choices.

Write a choice here.

The End.

My Chemistry and Pharmacology Hypertext Narrative


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Chemistry and Pharmacy

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Layout Changer on the Virtual Writing Tutor Grammar Checker

Check out this new feature on the Virtual Writing Tutor grammar checker at VirtualWritingTutor.com. You can now change the layout to see the feedback on the right while you correct your grammar on the left.



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Grammar Checker that Talks to You

An ESL Grammar Checker

You may already know that the VirtualWritingTutor.com website provides corrective feedback on common English Second Language errors for free. What you probably don't know yet is that the VWT can speak.

By using text-to-speech, the VWT can explain and suggest corrections orally. The exciting part is that there is evidence that hearing corrective feedback may be more effective than reading it. 

For example, Sobhani and Tayebipour (2015) found that unfocused oral feedback on students' writing errors was superior to unfocused written feedback. Since the VirtualWritingTutor.com does not restrict feedback to specific target structures, the feedback it gives is by definition unfocused.

In an earlier study, Jordan (2004) found that the combination of oral feedback with written comments on students' exams was more comprehensible and encouraging than written feedback alone on written exams. While it is doubtful that learners will find it more encouraging to listen to corrective feedback generated by a voice synthesizer on the Virtual Writing Tutor, listening to feedback might indeed make it more comprehensible.

To explore this exciting possibility in computer-assisted ESL pedagogy, we added a text-to-speech button next to each corrective feedback message. The steps you need to follow to try it for yourself are below.

Steps

You will need to create an account on the VirtualWritingTutor.com. It is 100% free to create an account and membership entails no obligation.

 Enter some text and click "Check Grammar."

Finally, click on "Text-to-Speech" to hear it read to you.

Please share and like the VirtualWritingTutor.com on your favorite social media sites if you like this new feature.

References

Jordan, J. (2004). The use of orally recorded exam feedback as a supplement to
            written comments. Journal of Statistics Education, 12(1), 20-27.


Sobhani M. and Tayebipour F. (2015).The Effects of Oral vs. Written Corrective
          Feedback on EFL Learners’ Essay Writing, Theory and Practice in
          Language Studies, 5, (8).

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Virtual Writing Tutor Grammar Checker iFrame

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Error Correction Game on the Virtual Writing Tutor ESL Grammar Checker

Hypertext template

Start here or see the diagram.

It all started like this.

Write the beginning of your story here. After reading this, your reader will have to make a choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 1
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 23
Choice 3: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 45






























Scene 1.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 2
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 9
Choice 3: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 1






























Scene 2.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 3
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 6






























Scene 3.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 4
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 5






























Scene 4.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 5.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 6.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 7
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 8






























Scene 7.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 8.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 9.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 10
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 13






























Scene 10.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 11
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 12






























Scene 11.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 12.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 13.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 14
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 15






























Scene 14.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 15.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 16.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 17
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 20






























Scene 17.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 18
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 19






























Scene 18.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 19.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 20.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 21
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 22






























Scene 21.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 22.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























_______________________________________________________________________

Scene 23.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 24
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 31
Choice 3: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 38






























Scene 24.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 25
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 28






























Scene 25.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 26
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 27






























Scene 26.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 27.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 28.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 29
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 30






























Scene 29.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 30.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 31.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 32
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 35






























Scene 32.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 33
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 34






























Scene 33.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 34.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 35.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 36
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 37






























Scene 36.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 37.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 38.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 39
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 42






























Scene 39.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 40
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 41






























Scene 40.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 41.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 42.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 43
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 44






























Scene 43.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 44.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























_______________________________________________________________________

Scene 45.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 46
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 53
Choice 3: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 60






























Scene 46.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 47
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 50






























Scene 47.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 48
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 49






























Scene 48.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 49.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 50.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 51
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 52






























Scene 51.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 52.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 53.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 54
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 57






























Scene 54.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 55
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 56






























Scene 55.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 56.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 57.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 58
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 59






























Scene 58.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 59.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 60.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 61
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 64






























Scene 61.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 62
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 63






























Scene 62.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 63.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 64.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was and then develop the story some more. After reading this part, your reader will have to make another choice.
Choice 1: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 65
Choice 2: Write a choice that will take the reader to Scene 66






























Scene 65.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























Scene 66.

You decided something which brought you here. Briefly say what the choice was, provide closure, and end the story.
Start again: Write a sentence that will take the reader to the beginning again.






























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Hypertext narrative template for digital ESL literacy

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