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Need a grammar checking resource to recommend to my students

Need a grammar checking resource to recommend to my students

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I'm teaching a fluid mechs lab this fall, and the grammar in my students' lab reports is horrendous. Some of them aren't native speakers, so that's perhaps part of it, but in general there's quite a lot of very obvious mistakes, such as inability to maintain a consistent tense, sentence fragments, and the like.

Does anyone know of a good online resource for grammar checking, that I can pass to them to help them out?

Hydrology, Drainage Analysis, Flood Studies, and Complex Stormwater Litigation for Atlanta and the South East - http://www.campbellcivil.com

RE: Need a grammar checking resource to recommend to my students

My feeling is that any online checker will be both incomplete and not informative. I realise it's hardly the primary learning outcome in your syllabus, but being able to communicate is critical. Could the best approach be to mark it as "fails comprehension - fix grammar and re-submit". Put the onus on the students to learn the correct grammar by fixing their own, but don't penalise if they take the opportunity to correct it.

RE: Need a grammar checking resource to recommend to my students

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I have neither the time nor the motivation to teach these kids grammar, but I have told them that communication skills are some of the most important things they can cultivate before they enter the workforce, and that I will grade them as such. I'm just looking for a good automated function similar to the green text underlining from MS Word that will point them to the rules. Any learning tool would be helpful.

Hydrology, Drainage Analysis, Flood Studies, and Complex Stormwater Litigation for Atlanta and the South East - http://www.campbellcivil.com

RE: Need a grammar checking resource to recommend to my students

Not online, but kind of obvious: MS Word.

For an on-line resource, I found this by googling:
www.grammarly.com
It passed the first test I gave it, by scoring my writing as 100% correct. So it must be good.
Yes, that last was a sentence fragment.

STF

RE: Need a grammar checking resource to recommend to my students

Many schools have grammar and communications as a required first year course - perhaps suggest that to your department chair? I agree that you can't run both a fluids lab and teach grammar

RE: Need a grammar checking resource to recommend to my students

It would be nice if students had legible handwriting as well these days. I struggle to find an engineer who's handwriting I can actually comprehend. For a group of society so depentent on being clear that we have pages and pages of rules on how to draw pictures, I'm amazed at the complete lack of ability to write clearly. We aren't doctors!

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RE: Need a grammar checking resource to recommend to my students

The ONLY thing I ever 'write' is my signature. Everything else, I PRINT. And I can print just about as fast as most people can write cursive.

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RE: Need a grammar checking resource to recommend to my students

It would be hard to avoid a double standard. The native speakers know better and should be penalized, but how are the non-native speakers expected to learn with all the crap floating around that passes for acceptable written communication?

RE: Need a grammar checking resource to recommend to my students

Handwriting - that went out the window when drafting printing was no longer a required gateway.

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