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Text-to-speech Software


Transforming written text into audio activates different parts of the brain to support learning. Providing tools so learners can choose to listen supports individual strengths and needs.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how text-to-speech software helps students who struggle with reading. By using their Auditory Processing skills, these students are able to show that they comprehend complex reading material, including math reading such as word problems and directions.

  • For learners with strong Auditory Processing skills, listening to, rather than reading, text allows them to draw on their strengths. Text-to-speech also supports varying Language Skills by using Visual Processing skills to map visual stimuli to speech sounds. Using this software for word problems allows students to focus on problem solving and building their mathematical understanding rather than Decoding.
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    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 use text-to-speech software in combination with other features to provide multisensory support for reading. The ability to highlight words for an audio pronunciation with an accompanying visual activates verbal and visual Working Memory and can be particularly helpful for word problem vocabulary for all learners. Highlighting the spoken word in a different color from the yellow highlighted sentence also 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 do not struggle with Decoding. A teacher or developer can then provide visuals that further support comprehension of the text to bring visual Working Memory into action too.
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