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Text-to-speech Software

Overview

Transforming written text into audio supports learning by activating different parts of a learner's brain for comprehension. Providing tools so learners can choose to listen to a text supports individual strengths and needs. Using text-to-speech programs may also help promote learner autonomy for older students.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how text-to-speech software helps students who struggle with reading. By using this audio support, these students are able to show that they comprehend complex reading material.

  • Using text-to-speech software can support a range of readers, including those who are struggling or have significant reading differences. Teachers can utilize software that, in addition to reading text aloud, highlights key words to also support Visual Processing.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Learn how developers of Read&Write for Google used text-to-speech software in combination with other features to provide multisensory support for reading and understanding a text. Providing the ability to highlight words for an audio pronunciation with an accompanying visual activates verbal and visual Working Memory. Highlighting the spoken word in a different color from the yellow highlighted sentence strengthens Visual Processing skills through tracking.

  • Developers can easily provide text-to-speech as an option for all students. This audio support can help with comprehension and focus, even for students who are not struggling readers.