The number of writing apps has increased significantly in the last few years. These include applications for the Common Core, developing a thesis, resume writing, and for writing assistance in general. One such new free app, English Writing Skills by Springz appears more applicable to English as a Second Language (ESL). The app is heavily idiosyncratic with no homogenous authoritative sources.
Released on February 27, 2014 in the Google Play store, English Writing Skills is a hodgepodge of tips for a variety of writing projects including bibliographies, paragraph writing, essays, news stories, punctuation, resumes, cover letters, literature reviews, and abstracts. Accessing the categories is fast, but the app is riddled with ads. Currently the app has yielded 4 stars within Google Play with nearly 500 votes.
According to its description with some minor sloppy spacing issues, “Writing is a complex skill that requires time to develop as many elements are weaved together to form one final product. Writing is more than just putting words and sentences together, as it should also address questions of writing purpose (to convince, inform or narrate), audience (friends Vs. business associates, teenagers Vs. University professors), genre (argumentative, descriptive, narrative), style (avoiding sexist and biased language, conciseness, and emphasis),register (formal. Informal, technical, jocular) and format (article, report, contract, letter, e-mail, memo etc.).”
For those on the go, and when the internet is not accessible, the tips can be useful. However, I’d like to see more attribution throughout and perhaps links to more writing assistance information. The company says it has a presence on facebook, but it’s currently not searchable within facebook nor is it professional. Why hide? In sum, while the app offers numerous tips for better writing, the information as is currently displayed is marginal. Even so, nearly 500 users report they like what the app has to offer.
Better writing assistance information is available by simply searching the Net. But a qualified nod up for ESL or any users is given since the information is presented in chunks. Many of the tips provided will certainly help one improve his or her writing compared to those who would not tap into any other sources. The accompanying video has just as many useful tips for improving grammar.