The Netherlands: Computers teach students how to write well

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Sun Jan 3 19:58:03 UTC 2010

NRC Handelsblad


Computers teach students how to write well


A Dutch linguist has written a computer programme that is teaching children how to write texts at more than a hundred schools. 


The programme, called TiO (Developing Language Education) offers students suggestions on how to improve their work while they are typing. TiO can detect errors and offers advice on how to correct them. The tips and tricks offered by the programme cover many aspects of writing, varying from style to the manner in which an argument is presented. TiO may suggest restructuring text for instance, or rooting out some weasel words. It may also propose adding an opposing point of view or warn the writer he or she has used an oft-misspelt verb. 


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