English Language analysis tool wins British Council award

Text Inspector

About the project

TextInspector is an language analysis tool that lets users understand the complexity of written scripts. Used by lecturers, students and researchers around the world, it was developed originally by well-known linguistics expert Professor Stephen Bax as a way to help his own students and colleagues.

Stephen originally developed the software in his spare time, but by 2014 he had reached the limit of his own and his developer’s capabilities, and knew that if he wanted to reach a wider audience with TextInspector, he’d need help. 

What we did

Stephen met our MD, Nik Roberts, and over a coffee they agreed a plan: Stephen would teach us everything that we needed to know about lexical analysis, and we would help turn TextInspector into the world-class product that Stephen knew it could be.

With Stephen’s expertise, we began regularly rolling out new features for TextInspector, including a major design overhaul, integration with PayPal, a one-page scorecard feature, innovative lexical analysis tools, and much-improved management tools for the TextInspector team.

The outcome

Over the years, TextInspector has grown in usage and reputation. Stephen proudly talked about TextInspector at conferences around the world, and in 2017 our efforts were rewarded as the project was awarded a British Council award for Innovation in English Language Teaching. 

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Sadly Stephen died unexpectedly in 2017, but his sons and colleagues are continuing his good work and TextInspector continues to develop and attract new customers.