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Caviglia F., Earp J., Ferraris M. From Italian (L1) to English (L2) WordProf: an instructional software for teaching writing. In: European Writing Conferences (Barcelona, Spain, 23-25 October 1996). Proceedings, pp. 1 - 20. EARLI SIG Writing Publications, 1997.
WordProf is a teaching/learning environment, i. e. a software that assists the writer in the various phases of text production and promotes the student's reflection on her/his own writing strategies. Italian WordProf, published 1993, integrates the standard functions of a very simple WP with additional instructional menus: a Library, where the student can access a database of pre-written texts; an Assistant's room, that provides, to a limited extent, ideas, suggestions and collaborative help for different writing activities (summarising, expanding, writing a paragraph, etc.); and a Gym, to exercise some basic writing and text comprehension skills. A simple authoring system allows teachers and students to enrich and modify the contents of Gym, Library and Assistant. After three years of practice with Italian students (age 14-17), an English (L2) WordProf has been developed: the background assumptions are still the same, but some features are different. The use on field has revealed both success and shortcomings of our approach. A full-featured demo-edition of English WordProf comes with this paper.
Subject Educational software

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