Identifies words that are pronounced the same but spelled differently so the student can ensure they have used the right word. Dictionaries have also been added to help the student to identify the correct word. Homophone Check is built into spell check, word prediction, and editing assistants. For example one popular software, Ginger, can often identify when a correctly spelled word is misused and replace it with the correct word (Smith & Okolo, 2010). To date there are no published empirical studies examining the effects of homophone checks on student learning, but some researchers have suggested that using homophone and grammar checks can help students develop lengthier papers that are more complete in content (Bouck et al., 2015).
Research Rating: Due to the limited number of published studies and the non-experimental nature of the information cited in this description this information should be interpreted with caution.
Effective in circumventing problems for students with writing learning disabilities
Can assist writers in editing and proofreading texts
Students may have to check the dictionary feature in order to identify the correct word
Special Consideration: Workflow
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Behrmann, M. (1987). The rites of righting writing: Homophone remediation in acquired dysgraphia. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 4, 365-384.
Bouck, E. C., Meyer, N. K., Satsangi, R., Savage, M. N., & Hunley, M. (2015). Free computer-based assistive technology to support students with high-incidence disabilities in the writing process. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 59, 90-97.
Smith, S. J., & Okolo, C. (2010). Response to intervention and evidence-based practices: Where does technology fit?. Learning Disability Quarterly, 33, 257-272.
Written by Bronwyn Lamond, Last Revision April 2017