Developing an ELT product based on machine learning: Write & Improve

Developing an ELT product based on machine learning: Write & Improve

We believe that artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and natural language processing are going to have a massive impact on ELT, and probably more rapidly than many might expect. A fascinating example of this is a new product from Cambridge called Write & Improve, which aims to provide automated help with writing. Diane Nicholls is one of the team behind the product, and we asked her to tell us more about it. In this in-depth interview, Diane talks about how the system works and, perhaps even more interestingly, how it was developed and what was learned in the process. We think it encapsulates a lot of where ELT is heading – both in what the product itself is trying to do, but also in the way the project has brought together the worlds of ELT, academic research and technology in a way we haven’t seen before.

Who ordered the McNuggets?

Who ordered the McNuggets?

The first of a two-part series, by Scott Thornbury

Learning linguistic items is not a linear process – learners do not master one item and then move on to another. In fact, the learning curve for a single item is not linear either. The curve is filled with peaks and valleys, progress and backslidings.

What we’re reading

What we’re reading

It’s HOT in the UK. So why not refresh yourself under a shower of interesting reading matter from around the Web? Here’s what caught our eye this week: iPad publisher Inkling nabs $16M and partners with Pearson and Elsevier Interesting reading in light of...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

It’s been a busy week on the blogs and Twitters. Here are a few things we’ve been enjoying at eltjam. #fiw13 The third annual FutureBook Innovation Workshop took place yesterday, and you can follow what happend via the hashtag above. By all...