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Some learners find that hearing what is on the computer screen helps with the understanding of what is being read. Your browser of choice may have an extension or an add-in that will do this.

Read&Write

This text-to-speech software works on several platforms: Windows PCs, Macs, Google Chrome, iPad and Android tablets.

It will read aloud the text on the screen at the same time as highlighting the words. The voices are in a clear Australian accent and the Toolbar has many useful choices such as:

  • picture and word dictionaries,
  • highlighting
  • and voice input and output
  • mp3 audio recordings.

Full functionality is free for 30 days after which you can still use the text-to-speech option. See this short YouTube video at this link: reading the OLS.

For more information go to the texthelp/read write website or contact the Disabilities Support Unit if you need a loan.

ClaroRead

This text-to-speech software works on several platforms: Windows PCs, Macs, Google Chrome, iPad and Android tablets.

The ClaroRead and Pro options reads documents aloud on Windows or Mac. The TAFE Digital Disability Support Unit can loan you a copy of the program Claro read Plus.

For more information go the clarosoftware.com or go to the Text to speech apps on tablets page.

Natural Reader

You can use NaturalReader as a downloadable text-to-speech software or as an Online Reader in your browser or as an app on your iPad.

Find out more on their website at naturalreaders.com or go to the Text to speech apps on tablets page.

For Your Browser

Google Chrome has several free extensions you can download:

Firefox users can try any of the following add-ons.

Internet Explorer and Microsoft

There are no specific plugins for Internet Explorer. However, Microsoft Windows offers text-to -speech functionality in the operating system.

Windows Narrator is a Microsoft text-to-speech app built into Windows 10.

The Edge Browser does have a Read Aloud option.

Toolbar programs

There are a few Toolbar programs that are very useful.

TextAloud 4 is a software for the Windows PC that you can trial for free first. You can also save your speech files as an mp3. This allows you to listen to your work on your phone or audio device.

WordTalk is a free Microsoft Word plugin that reads texts for you. You can also make audio recordings of the text you select in MP3 or Wav files.

The Disability Support Unit has done extensive research in converting text-to-speech, so please feel free to contact us to explore your options further.

Send an email to oten.equityhelp@tafensw.edu.au. : Or call 0297158601 : 1300 362890.

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