Friday, February 11, 2022

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Pronunciation App

Are you unsure how to pronounce a word? Use your browser's speech synthesis system to pronounce any word or phrase you type into the input box below.
Adapted code based on Jason Mayes' example here: Click the HTML button of your blog, and copy/paste the code found here. I checked this blog post for common grammar, punctuation and spelling errors using a free online ESL grammar checker.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Sara-Maude's Glossary

Pharmacy glossary

This glossary contains some frequent words that we use in pharmacy. It can be words that are explaining the effect of a drug or his category. It will help the reader to understand the pharmacy language.

A medicine (such as penicillin or its derivatives) that inhibits the growth of or destroys microorganisms.
Example: The potential of the method is, however, illustrated by experiments undertaken on a mutant variety of tobacco ( Nicotiana tabacum ), which has an inbred resistance to the ANTIBIOTIC streptomycin, and petunia ( Petunia hybrida ).
en: Antibiotique
Antibiotic mechanism
Having the effect of retarding or inhibiting the coagulation of the blood.
Example: Comparison of 3 and 6 months of oral ANTICOAGULANT therapy after a first episode of proximal deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism and comparison of 6 and 12 weeks of therapy after isolated calf deep vein thrombosis.
en: Anticoagulant
Anticoagulant protein
Noun or adjective
Adjective: (chiefly of a drug) used to treat psychotic disorders. Noun: an antipsychotic drug.
Example: He is prescribed an atypical ANTIPSYCHOTIC medication to help alleviate his condition and is visited on a regular basis by a Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) with less frequent appointments with a consultant psychiatrist.
en: Antipsychotique
It is the antipsychotic brexpiprazole's formula. It can be used for the treatment of schizophrenia or for major depressive disorder.
A condition in which the heart beats with an irregular or abnormal rhythm.
Example: Reasons for the ARRHYTHMIA could be due to electrolyte imbalance and needs to be checked on blood tests.
en: Arythmie
Mechanisms of arrhythmia
Any of a class of heterocyclic organic compounds used as tranquilizers, such as Librium and Valium.
Example: If the detox is taking place within an inpatient environment, the practitioner may wish to prescribe a BENZODIAZEPINE to reduce withdrawal symptoms although a strict procedure is usually followed by the nursing staff before the administration of these drugs.
en: Benzodiazépine
The structure of 1,4-benzodiazepine
A drug that causes widening of the bronchi, e.g., any of those taken by inhalation for the alleviation of asthma.
Example: The tremor observed in the patient's hands and fingers is most likely caused by stimulation of β receptors in skeletal muscle by BRONCHODILATOR drugs e.g.
en: Bronchodilatateur
How bronchodilator acts
Controlled release
(Of a substance, as a medicine or insecticide) Released or activated at predetermined intervals or gradually over a period of time.
Example: These allow slow CONTROLLED RELEASE of N from organic manures which will reduce leaching, however guaranteeing there effectiveness when incorporated into large stores of manure makes it hard to guarantee their effectiveness.
en: Libération contrôlée
Histamine releasing
Controlled substance
Any of a category of behavior-altering or addictive drugs, as heroin or cocaine, whose possession and use are restricted by law.
Example: Within the Trust's policy on illicit substance (Charnok S 2003) it is mentioned that because alcohol is not a CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, it remains the private property of individuals.
en: Substance contrôlée
Morphine is an exemple of a controlled substance
Toxic to living cells.
Example: Radiotherapy and CYTOTOXIC chemotherapy are used palliatively where the tumour is inoperable.
en: Cytotoxique
Cytotoxic linear peptide
A disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.
Example: Stem cells and DIABETES DIABETES is a condition characterised by abnormally high levels of glucose in the bloodstream which reduces life expectancy by a median of twelve years (Mangel et al. referenced in 13) and affects sixteen million people in the USA (12).
en: Diabète
Metformin is one the possible treatment for diabetes
The identification of the nature of an illness or other problem by examination of the symptoms.
Example: Other applications in DNA fingerprinting are in disease DIAGNOSIS and understanding.
en: Diagnostic
Diagram of few diagnostics
The size or frequency of a dose of a medicine or drug.
Example: Monitoring the presence and occurrence of her hallucinations will be an indication of how well the chlordiazepoxide is working and whether the DOSAGE is correct.
en: Dosage
Dosage form
Drug administration
The giving of a therapeutic agent to a patient, e.g. by infusion, inhalation, injection, paste, suppository or tablet.
Example: The Food and DRUG ADMINISTRATION has proposed labeling of trans fatty acids in foods, whereas naturally occurring fatty acid are in the cis conformation.
en: Administration de médicaments
Crestor's tablet is a drug administration for the treatment of cholesterol
The ability to produce a desired or intended result.
Example: One of the best recommendations is that if bed-rails are to be used, then their EFFICACY and continued relevance should be reviewed and evaluated regularly.
en: Efficacité
Drug's efficacy diagram
Heart failure
Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body's needs for blood and oxygen.
Example: his case shows that early treatment for tachycardiomyopathy - considered the most frequently unrecognised curable cause of HEART FAILURE - can prevent irreversible structural cardiac damage [8]
en: Insuffisance cardiaque
Symptoms of a heart failure
Constantly active and sometimes disruptive behavior, occurring primarily in children.
Example: Parental and self-report of sleep in children with Attention-Deficit HYPERACTIVITY Disorder.
en: Hyperactivité
Ritalin is a treatment against attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
A drug interaction is a change in the action or side effects of a drug caused by concomitant administration with a food, beverage, supplement, or another drug. A cause of a drug interaction involves one drug which alters the pharmacokinetics of another medical drug.
Example: There is an interaction between the calcium and the minocycline, an acne antibiotic.
en: Interaction
Possible interaction of a medication
Sensitive to the action of radiant energy photosensitive paper. 2 : being or caused by an abnormal reaction to sunlight photosensitive rashes.
Example: She also experiences PHOTOSENSITIVITY of the skin, presumably a side effect of her current drug regime which includes amiodarone.
en: Photosensibilité
Reaction due to photosensitivity
Side effects
A secondary, typically undesirable effect of a drug or medical treatment.
Example: However the cost, SIDE EFFECTS and allergy risk associated with antibiotics call into question whether they should be prescribed in acute asthma.
en: Effets secondaires
Side effects of chemotherapy
Free from living organisms and especially pathogenic microorganisms.
Example: The unsatisfactory result for this part of the exercise has highlighted the importance of having a STERILE environment and STERILE instruments as well as using appropriate techniques in the cultivation of microorganisms.
en: Stérile
Sterile instruments

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

My Adventure in Electrophysiology

Medical Electrophysilogie field

Medical Electrophysilogie field

A hypertext narrative by

Erendira Flores

Created with

The Virtual Writing Tutor Grammar Checker


Word count: 114

Choice count: 2

Section count: 3

Image count: 3

Error count: 5

Field Related Analysis

Education : 8 matches

(choice, college, private, reader)

Nursing : 5 matches

(clinic, hospital, im)

Web development : 5 matches

(private, write)

Target Structure: (1 matches)

internship (2 matches)


Medical Electrophysilogie field

Start at the beginning?

I am studying Medical Electrophysiology at Ahuntsic College, to become medical Electrophysiology technologist. I am in my last year of college, and I’m so proud of myself. I am not sure what I need to do, if I should look for a job or I should make an internship to have more experience.

Choice 1 : Work at hospital.

Choice 2 : Make internship in a private clinic.

Heart or Brain

Work at hospital.

I can decide where I should work if in a Cardiography or Encephalograpy.

Write a choice here.

Make internship in a private clinic.

Write this part of the story here and present your reader with choices.

Write a choice here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

A Day in the Life of a Penguin Farmer

Penguin farmer | Virtual Writing Tutor

Penguin farmer

What do penguin farmers do?

Penguin farmers raise penguins in Antarctica.

More by this author

Sources and RADARS ratings


Word count: 6

Error count: 0


Monday, February 15, 2021

Pronunciation App

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Adapted code based on Jason Mayes' example here: Click the HTML button of your blog, and copy/paste the code found here. I checked this blog post for common grammar, punctuation and spelling errors using a free online ESL grammar checker.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020


5 Ways You Can Teach Blogging Using the VWT

If you are a teacher interested in helping your students learn digital literacy and professional writing skills for the real world, blogging projects should be your first choice. Using the Virtual Writing Tutor to help them get started is a smart choice. In this listicle, you'll learn about the free tools you can use to teach a range of common blog post types that will serve your students throughout their blogging careers.

1. Glossary creator.

A glossary writing project is a great way to get students to expand their vocabulary. Knowing a word does not just mean knowing its spelling and definition. It also means knowing how to pronounce it, how to translate it, what it looks like, how it is used in a sentence, and it part of speech. That's why the Virtual Writing Tutor's Glossary Creator includes easy to use tools to add words, reliable definitions, text-to-speech pronunciation models, pictures, translations, and sample sentences from concordances. Once the glossary is finished, the student can generate a card game for interactive speaking practice in class, generate a drag and drop matching exercise, and export it to a blog using HTML. In the process, the glossary project will introduce students to a range of language learning tools on the web that they never knew existed.

2. Career summary chatbot creator.

As students work on developing the skills they will need for their future careers, it would be good if they knew something about the career they were preparing for. That's what this blogging project is so great. Students research a career, summarize what they discover by answering career-related questions, and cite their sources using the RADARS framework. At the end, they will have a handy, error-free career summary that they can export to their blog using HTML, and they will have a working speech recognition-enabled chatbot to practice their speaking skills with. You can then use it as the basis of a midterm speaking task to conduct a one-on-one interview or ask students to create a screencast tutorial.

3. Screencast tutorial script composer

The second most popular search engine on the internet is on People search YouTube for explanations and tutorials all the time. Teach students how to compose a screencast tutorial to record and post to YouTube and then embed into a blog post. It is an excellent writing project that leads to an online speaking project. The Virtual Writing Tutor makes it easy to do with the screencast creator. It takes the student step-by-step through the composition of an engaging introduction, demonstration, and conclusion, it checks their text for grammar errors, and converts their script into text-to-speech pronunciation models to help them eliminate their pronunciation errors, as well.

4. Hypertext narrative creator.

Critical thinking is not just questioning the reliability of sources. Sure that's part of it, especially in academia. Obviously, critical thinking also must include the ability to see how choices and decisions play out in life. When we think about career choices and the road not taken, we are engaging in a kind of episodic critical thinking that is rarely developed in college ESL courses. Yet, college education is supposed to get students to think about ethical choices in practical terms--not just as abstractions, right? That's where hypertext narratives can be so useful. Get students to begin in the present moment and think about choices they will have to make in their futures, have them explore the consequences of those choices in narrative form, and then get them to link them together with hyperlinks to make a choose-your-own-adventure. The Virtual Writing Tutor makes this kind of writing project easy, with onboard grammar checking and a handy HTML export feature to embed the hypertext narrative into a blog post. Then, students can share their writing with each other. Students love it, and they learn a ton of digital literacy and field-related English in the process.

5. Listicle creator.

Listicle creator

Listicle creator

This article is a listicle. A listicle is presents a list of prioritized items with an introduction and a conclusion. Listicles are common and effective ways to communicate in writing on the internet. They help students understand paragraphing and prioritize their ideas. The Virtual Writing Tutor has a handy listicle creator. The system guides students in assembling a listicle with an introduction and conclusion, list items with links, images, and descriptive paragraphs. The system provides feedback on grammar errors during the composition process, and displays a word count and error count at the foot of the published listicle. Once the student is happy with the article he or she has written, the listicle can be exported as HTML to their blog. Easy.


With these 5 powerful, yet easy to use tools at your disposal, what are you waiting for? Your students will love blogging. They will value the automated feedback, and grading for you will be a cinch. If you would like a textbook to support you step-by-step, use the Contact Us page on the Virtual Writing Tutor to ask about Actively Engaged Online. You don't need a textbook, but why struggle when teaching blogging for the first time when it could be easy and fun? In any case, use the Virtual Writing Tutor to help and your students jump into blogging this semester.



Word count: 880

Error count: 0

Error density: 0%

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Job Interview Q&A

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a teacher

How do you define the job?

Imagine a student who grew up playing video games with English speakers and thinks there is nothing left to learn. Now imagine a student who can’t string more than a few words together. For me, being a college ESL teacher means helping the first student set new goals so that he or she can attain new levels of accuracy and nuance, and it means helping the second student discover new levels of confidence and fluency so that he or she can engage with the English-speaking community in new ways.

How many years of experience have you had in education?

I started teaching English when I was 18 years old. I taught a Japanese martial artist visiting Montreal during his gap year. But it wasn't until 1995 that that I got my first job teaching overseas. In total, I taught in Korea for 5 years, at a language institute from 1995 to 1997 and then at two universities from 2002 until 2005. At the college level in and around Montreal, I have taught college ESL for about 17 years. But I have been working at my current college for just 13 years.

Describe your prior experience as a teacher?

I started working as a teacher doing private lessons, but that didn't last long. Otherwise, I have taught at language schools in Quebec, B.C, and abroad. I have also taught at universities in Canada and South Korea. But most of my experience has been teaching in and around Montreal at various the junior colleges.

What was your earliest work experience?

My first job was delivering newspapers in my neighbourhood. I always knew that if you wanted money in your pocket, you had to work for it. So, I got myself two paper routes, and every morning before school, I delivered 70 newspapers in the next neighbourhood to mine.

How did you motivate an underperforming team to achieve its goals?

The clearest example I can think of is a group project I had to do with classmates. We met, set tasks for ourselves and planned to meet the following week to share what we had accomplished. When we met, I was the only one to have met the goals we had set. We agreed to meet on the weekend. I realized that the best way to motivate the group was to lead by example, so I worked day and night to produce my best and most complete section of the project. When we met again and they saw how much work I had done, they realized that the presentation was going to look lopsided. That inspired them buckled down and get the work done. In the end, my hard work early in the development cycle inspired my teammates to work harder and get the job done. Our team scored the highest of all of the teams that present that semester.

income potential

How much could I potentially make if I applied myself?


Word count: 448

Error count: 2


Friday, August 14, 2020

Pronunciation App

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020


Socrates was an old friend of mine and a complete drunk. 

The Socratic method is a party game involving alcohol. 

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