A new subscriber, Gemma Archer, just asked about text profilers. I’ve shared this response as a comment but thought I’d paste here as might crowdsource some more ideas??? Help please 🙂
I use, or have used, text inspector (free version 250 words). My go-to for a while.
This is the link for longer texts (thanks Silvina/Teresa)
The text analyzer from Road to Grammar:
Lextutor.ca, which I used during my MSc and was a bit more (too!) technical:
It’s not something I’ve used recently and now it looks pretty aaaaargh but useful for checking word frequency I think.
EDIA Papyrus – I used this more when it was in beta but was good.
There’s one from Duolingo now but won’t work on my phone for some reason. Haven’t used it yet but an option maybe (?)
Vocab kitchen, used a few times, basic but ok
There are also some sites that make it easy to grade their texts, which I like! NewsELA being one, but it’s not a profiler as such so bit of a tangent there.
Might be worth asking Julie Moore the same question, I think this might be her area of expertise…
*Update* Julie has responded with this AWESOME post!
WAIT! I’ve remembered another one!!! The NILE Members area (free to join) has a text analysis tool!
Another here, the Oxford text checker, shared by Gordon Dobie via Facebook.
Dan Shepherd (via LinkedIn) just shared this one for Pearson Global Scale of English
Jane Wescombe (via LinkedIn) shared this tool from Lexicool.
Gemma said she’s had mixed success with text analysis tools. Me too. Main difficulty for me has been how some tools seem to analyze words individually, so things like phrasal verbs get missed. Anyhow, they can be a useful starting point or general kinda marker for writers. I think these are the only ones I know but if another one comes to me I’ll add it in the comments/do an update 🙂 please share others and your experience of using them if you’ve time. Cheers.
Categories: General, materials writing
Thanks so much, Pete – lots of suggestions to try! MUCH appreciated! 🙂
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