Catherine Lewis

    I was also surprised by the low number of C1 words in the text. However, I feel that it is the large number of complex noun phrases in academic texts that make them difficult to understand rather than individual complex words. It would be good if these tools could highlight noun phrases as well. I will have to do some research to find this out.

    I think the Oxford Test checker would be useful to students as they could analyse their own writing and academic texts. These would help students to  develop their receptive and productive skills. I think Flax is useful to develop students’ understanding of words they already ‘know’. By focusing on what comes before and after words can help them to make their writing more accurate. These tools can also help students to become independent learners as they can easily be used asynchronously.