Breme Write Right is an interesting product and quite unique. It provides a word
processing utility with a difference, as it aids users to instantly correct spellings and
differentiate between homonyms as they type the words.
Words which have been spelt phonetically can be found by this remarkable spell checker
making it invaluable to dyslexic students and poor spellers, for example, bicoz -
In most cases homonyms are not spotted by a spellchecker in a traditional word processor,
but this program highlights them as they appear and assists the user to select the
correct spelling. This is done by showing the various choices e.g. "so, sew, sow"
alongside images which depict the meaning of each word. As a result the user can select
the correct version of the word they want.
The application runs within its own word processor and if the speakers are activated then
the user can hear the words being pronounced too.
Purpose of the Program
Breme Write Right has been designed for cross-curriculum use by weak spellers and
dyslexics, and is a unique stand-alone word processor with correction and pronunciation
Having taught many pupils who seem unable to use the correct homonym in the appropriate
context, it is clear that there is a need for this program. Until I typed a sample piece
of text myself when using Write Right I had no idea that we use so many homonyms in every
common sentence that we write. In one sentence I found I had used eight in a row without
even realising it.
Children should try to watch the screen as they type to pick up the corrections. When a
word is mispelt, it turns red and is crossed through. The program analyses the spelling
and then underlines it and turns it green. By right clicking on the word alternative
choices are displayed, often with images. Moving the cursor over the word causes it to be
read aloud by the program and left clicking inserts it into the text.
Each time a homonym is typed a window pops up automatically with a visual representation
of all possible spellings. If you have used the correct spelling you need only continue
with your typing, otherwise you will need to select the spelling you want before
continuing. Thus this package would prove to be invaluable to individuals who cannot use
the correct spellings without assistance. Spelling reinforcement is provided each time a
document is typed.
The teacher or, with permission, the student can create their own dictionary of words,
and the "search depth" is configurable. The latter feature enables a more rapid word
search as spelling ability increases. The 'Speak found words' and 'Full help' features
can be deactivated as the user's confidence increases. The identification of homonyms can
also be disabled at this stage.
A record can be kept by using the facility of listing misspelt words and their
corrections, giving teachers the opportunity to monitor progress and highlight any areas
that need more practice.
If the 'Retype' feature is activated the word will need to be retyped correctly before it
is entered into the text, thus reinforcing the correct spelling.