ESP:

English Spelling and Punctuation

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WHAT IS ESP?

English Spelling & Punctuation (ESP) is a complete approach to improving your spelling and punctuation. The spelling section includes exercises to help you practise the 200 most commonly misspelled English words, and an in-app add-on will be available to help you practice nearly 1,000 more commonly misspelled words.

Spell-checkers may 'correct' your spelling but offer you the wrong word choice. There is no substitute for knowing the answer yourself!

ESP is a practical app written to help students understand the rules of spelling that are useful to know, while recognizing that we all have difficulty with irregular English spelling. ESP includes a set of top words that are both frequent and frequently mis-spelled, and it helps students practice these irregular or difficult English words.

ESP also includes a guide to precise punctuation that everyone can master (acknowledging that editorial standards vary).

ESP includes:

  • Interactive exercises that help you practice regular and irregular spelling
  • A self-learning course on punctuation standards used in a range of contexts, including academic writing.
  • An extensive glossary of important terms

REAL ENGLISH, REAL EXAMPLES

Like our other apps, ESP uses examples of English sentences from our natural language corpus, ICE-GB, as well as from online resources. ICE-GB is a linguistic database compiled and analysed at UCL and used by researchers around the world.

INTERACTIVE EXERCISES

English has numerous irregular spelling patterns. ESP's spelling tests are divided into two sections: practicing regular morphology rules and drilling on irregular words.

LEARN FROM EXPERTS

ESP is written by a team of linguists at University College London (UCL), independently ranked as one of the world's best universities. The approach in the app is based on recent research and best practice in the field, as well as years of experience in writing and teaching.

WHO IS ESP FOR?

ESP is designed for adults and children, from age 11 up, who struggle to perfect their spelling. It is for native and non-native speakers of English. You can practice British English spelling, American English spelling, or both.

This page last modified 2 October, 2013 by Survey Web Administrator.