When students with learning difficulties start using text to speech programs they are often confronted with a lot of words they normally would have skipped over in their normal reading activities.
I usually encourage students to use their text to speech program to read and explore the meaning of any unknown words with a digital dictionary. Wordweb is a very good program that is available in a free version.
Features of the free version include:
|Definitions and synonyms
5000 audio pronunciations
65 000 text pronunciations
|150 000 root words
120 000 synonym sets
Look up words in almost any program
Students who tend to use safe words in their writing can also highlight any repeated words and use the thesaurus feature to make their writing more interesting.
The program starts in your computer’s start up process which makes it available at any time, and can be used in almost any program.
Wordweb is available for download from the following link http://wordweb.info/free/