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We’ve Added Text to Speech Functionality in Flocabulary!

Big news! We’re proud to announce the release of our Text to Speech tool. You can now have highlighted text read aloud on any page on Flocabulary.

What is Text to Speech?

Text to speech is a scaffold that supports reading and listening comprehension as well as writing and language skills. When Text to Speech is enabled in Flocabulary, students and teachers will be able to highlight any piece of text on the page (e.g. Read & Respond passages, lyrics, vocabulary definitions) and have it read aloud to them with the click of a button.

Using Flocabulary’s Text to Speech Tool, students can see and hear the connection between written and spoken English. Each word is highlighted as it is read, and students can make gains in pronunciation, spelling, fluency and more.

Why Does It Matter?

By reading text aloud, highlighting language, and allowing students to manipulate text independently, text to speech appeals to several modalities. Text to speech levels the playing field for struggling learnings and language learners by granting access to complex texts.

The Text to Speech tool is a scaffold that increases access to rich and complex texts. It is particularly helpful for students who struggle with grade-level content, students who are English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities, including dyslexia. Early readers can use Text to Speech to build content knowledge while avoiding frustration, while readers at all levels can benefit from the multimodal approach to language.

By empowering the students to self-select text as they need support, Flocabulary’s Text to Speech tool also builds metacognitive awareness. The tool, when made available, does not simply automatically read every word aloud on a page. Instead, students have the agency over their own learning and can choose when and if they need to use the scaffold. Many students may find they need the scaffold less and less as they master more vocabulary and become more fluent readers.

How It Works

As with most of our features, the Text to Speech functionality is pretty simple. We’ve given teachers the ability to enable Text to Speech for themselves and students in their classes. To enable Text to Speech for yourself, simply go to your “My Profile” page and click “enabled” for the Text to Speech option:

 

To use Text to Speech within a Flocabulary unit page, simply click and drag to highlight the text you want to have read aloud and click the play icon on the Text to Speech Toolbar:

 

Need more deets? Visit our FAQ page for more details on how to enable and use this new Text to Speech tool!

Questions? Comments? We want to hear it. Drop us a line at info@flocabulary.com, shoot us a tweet, or leave feedback directly in the app with our ginormous feedback button (you can’t miss it!).

Emily Gover

Emily helps lead up Flocabulary's content marketing and community efforts. Outside of the Flocab office, she can be found listening to podcasts, watching Scrubs for the nth time in a row, blogging, traveling, tweeting, or belting out karaoke. She is fluent in memes and gifs, and her favorite Flocab video is "Dracula Junior."

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