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Word Talk

  • 6 December 2016
  • Emma Levy

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WordTalk was conceived and developed by Rod Macaulayof TASSC in Aberdeen, Scotland who later received a Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award for its development.

For people with reading and writing difficulties, having text reinforced by hearing it read aloud can be very useful.

It is also useful for proof reading and learning another language.



  •  Speaks entire document, paragraph or word;
  •  Highlights the text as it goes;
  •  Talking dictionary;
  •  Adjust the word highlight colours;
  •  Change the voice and the speed;
  •  Convert text to speech (wav or mp3).


How do I use WordTalk?

The WordTalk toolbar sits neatly in your Microsoft Word toolbar. It allows you to use Word as a 'text-reader'.

To do this, you simply click you cursor where you want WordTalk to start speaking,

and then press one of the following buttons (first 4 on toolbar):

  • Speaks the entire document;
  • Speak the paragraph;
  • Speak the sentence;
  • Speak the word.

WordTalk will now highlight a word as it is spoken.