I-Corp English Language-Teaching Program Providing Personalized Instruction in Sentence Construction
Supported by National Science Foundation under Innovaton Corps (I-Corps) Program
Project led by:
Christina Vorndran, PhD, BCBA-D
Drexel University's School of Education received an NSF I-Corps Teams grant to engage in knowledge gathering from potential customers, partners, and competitors regarding an innovative product development idea.
Drexel's work involves exploring the development and commercialization of SentenceWeaver, an interactive tool for English Language Learners and individuals with language delays. SentenceWeaver helps learners put words together into phrases, basic sentences, and complex sentences. It provides interactive, step-by-step feedback that diagnoses problems with word choice, word endings, and word order, and guides users through self-corrections to produce well-formed sentences. Its 131 lessons and 5,421 exercises cover all the fundamental syntactic and morpho-syntactic patterns of English, including parts of speech, word order, word endings, verb tenses, pronouns, concrete and abstract prepositions, and all types of subordinate clauses.
The comprehensiveness of the curriculum, its systematic presentation (informed by language acquisition research), the large number of exercises, and the interactive, linguistically informed feedback, distinguish the SentenceWeaver from all other language teaching software programs.