Our Products and Services
Text and Speech auto-marking APIs
Our Text and Speech APIs are core to what we do. They provide automatic assessment capabilities to the products we build and to those within the wider CUP&A organisation. They enable API clients to submit extended text and speech for automatic assessment by a range of machine learning models and to receive the results. They are designed to be resilient and to scale automatically in response to demand, so that assessment results are returned in a timely manner.
We believe that the best way to improve at any skill is through practice and timely, actionable feedback. We develop and operate three Integrated Learning and Assessment products for English language learners – Write & Improve, Speak & Improve and Read & Improve, all at different stages of maturity and under constant development. These offer learners intensive, single-skill practice with automatic assessment and feedback designed to encourage them to learn from their mistakes and try again.
Write & Improve also offers two premium products:
- +Test Zone for learner exam practice (B2 First and IELTS)
- +Class View for teachers to set, mark and manage students’ writing practice.
Through these products, ELiT gathers diverse, up-to-the-minute data and insights, which help to support further learning and assessment research by ALTA and other research partners. This creates a continuous cycle of learning and improvement which is passed back into these and other CUP&A learning tools.
Continuing CUP&A's long-standing commitment to data-led learning and assessment, ELiT provides CUP&A and ALTA with innovative, bespoke data-annotation services through a team of specially trained EFL teachers and examiners, teacher trainers, linguists and lexicographers. Using our unique spoken- and written-language annotation tool, Manatee, we ensure that the human is always in the loop when operationalising AI solutions for automated assessment and feedback for English learners.
Manatee is used for written error annotation, automarker assessment and validation, analytic scoring of speech, Automatic Speech Recognition training on errorful learner speech, and for multiple projects to advance annotation capabilities aimed at developing pedagogically sound, actionable feedback for learners on their extended speech and writing. The tool is designed to be flexible and scalable, growing with the needs of the organisation.