English is today the third most widely distributed language as a first spoken language in the world, after Mandarin and Hindi.Because English is so widely spoken, it has often been referred to as a "global language", the lingua franca of the modern era .But for communication , many people are not very comfortable as English is not their native language.
The Microsoft Research ESL Assistant is a web service that provides correction suggestions for typical ESL (English as a Second Language) errors. Such errors include, for example, the choice of determiners (the/a) and the choice of prepositions.It also provides word choice suggestions from a thesaurus. In order to help the user make decisions on whether to accept a suggestion, the service displays "before and after" web search results so that the user can see real-life examples of the usage of both their original input and the suggested correction.
You can use the ESL Tool to check your emails and other writings for errors online which requires the Silverlight plugin
ESL addon for Microsoft Outlook will you to send the contents of the email message you're writing directly to ESL Assistant. This text will then be immediately checked for errors.
Download ESL Addon for Outlook 2007 | 1.71MB