Graduate Students’ Perspective on the Usability of Grammarly® in One ASEAN State University

Asian ESP Journal, Volume 14, Issue 7.2, 2018

24 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2019 Last revised: 2 Feb 2019

Date Written: August 15, 2018


One of the criteria for excellent work is a perfect grammar in English, which is the global lingua franca. The Pangasinan State University subscribed to Grammarly® software which considered as one of the leading grammar checker and plagiarism tester software available. The objective of the paper is to evaluate the software based on the perception of the graduate students from the Graduate Students of PSU Open University Systems. The selection of participants is purposive where 20% of the total graduate students of the Batch 2018 who completed there thesis writing before graduation was selected as the respondents. A SUS questionnaire and follow up the interview as part of the triangulation method was used in order to determine the usability of the software, its strengths, and weakness. This study also focuses on the impact of the application for Non-English majors. Based on the result of the study, the majority of the respondents agree that the utilized software is usable. The users identified the strength of the software that helps the user improve writing such as automatic detection of mistakes in Conceptual Writing, Grammar, Punctuation, Sentence Structure, Style and Vocabulary Enhancement. While other users also identified some weakness for possible future improvement of the software, the overall result shows that there is a significant improvement in writing for English and non-English majors. Students who are not English majors showed that there is a significant change of confidence level in writing. It recommends that the software is continuously utilized. It is also recommended that the software should improve its detection to avoid misleading feedback for users.

Keywords: grammar checker, plagiarism test, grammarly

Suggested Citation

Ventayen, Randy Joy Magno and Orlanda-Ventayen, Caren C., Graduate Students’ Perspective on the Usability of Grammarly® in One ASEAN State University (August 15, 2018). Asian ESP Journal, Volume 14, Issue 7.2, 2018, Available at SSRN:

Randy Joy Magno Ventayen (Contact Author)

Pangasinan State University ( email )

Alvear street
Lingayen, Pangasinan, Pangasinan 2401


Caren C. Orlanda-Ventayen

Pangasinan State University

Bayambang, Pangasinan, Philippines

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