Texthelp Systems Inc. released Read&Write 7.1, an award-winning literacy software solution for learners who struggle with reading. Geared toward learning-disabled and English as a Second Language students, the interactive software package converts text to speech and speech to text to improve comprehension; provides phonetic spell-checking from a 180,000-word dictionary; reads web sites aloud for students who have trouble surfing online; and provides private folders for storing and accessing student work, a talking calculator to help with numbers, and an improved scanning feature that enables teachers to scan in reading exercises and book excerpts for quick access. A special “Teacher Toolkit” helps students prepare for exams, gauges student achievement, and enables teachers to create individualized reports to track student progress. New in April, Read&Write 7.1 also offers translation tools for Spanish-speaking students.

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