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Microsoft ESL Assistant Prototype

The Natural Language Processing Group in Microsoft Research is pleased to announce that its  ESL Assistant is now available on the World Wide Web via a link at http://www.eslassistant.com.  A prototype writing assistance service designed for people who have learned English as a second or foreign language, the ESL Assistant uses statistical models to suggest corrections for a number of common learner error patterns that are not currently supported by the proofing tools in Microsoft Office products. The service also tries to help users judge the whether a suggestion truly represents an improvement by showing real-life examples returned by a web search. We hope that both learners of English and TEFL/TESL professionals will experiment with this service and find it useful.

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