Listen to Audio (MP3, 2MB)
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.
Google Chrome has several free downloads:
If you are a Firefox user try the ‘FoxVox’ extension.
Text to Voice is another add-on which can be installed. It will appear in any tab in Firefox and will read the selected text.
The Read & Write extension is a good option. The voices are in a clear Australian accent and the Toolbar has many useful choices such as:
- Picture and word dictionaries
- Voice input and output
Full functionality is free for 30 days after which you can still use the text to speech option. See this short Youtube video of it reading the OLS.
Internet Explorer and Microsoft
There are no specific plugin for Internet Explorer. However Microsoft Windows offers text-to-speech functionality in the operating system and also in the Windows 8 and 10 store. Windows Narrator is a Microsoft text-to-speech product. The Edge Browser does have a Read Aloud option.
There are a few Toolbar programs that are very useful. The one we have found that reads web pages and Word quite well is ‘TextAloud 3’. With ‘Textaloud 3’ you can also save your speech files as an mp3. This allows you to listen to your work on your phone or audio device.
If you are a student with a disability and feel that these are not as useful as you hoped, there are other options we can review with you. For example if you require extra help with either language structure and/or your text read-out in an Australian accent, the Tafe Digital Disability Support Unit can loan you a copy of the program Claroread Plus.
‘Wordtalk’ is also a free add-in that works with Microsoft Word. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 9715 8601 or 1300 362 890.