WordTalk - A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word. For people with reading and writing difficulties, having text reinforced by hearing it read aloud can be very useful.
Do you and/or your learners proof read their work?
When producing documents,I always read the text out loud and, quite often, recorded it at the same time, using Audacity.
That way I spot mistakes that my eyes often miss and I also have the text in a format many learners/colleagues preferred (Audio/mp3 files)
Many people wouldn't be comfortable doing that and prefer text to speech tools.
There are plenty of add-ons to do this task in a browser, but for desktop programs like Microsoft Word, they are a little harder to come by.
WordTalk is an example of a text-to-speech plug-in for Microsoft Word, and best of all, it’s completely free.
WordTalk has all the features users need from a text-to-speech program.
As the text is read, the text is highlighted making it easier to follow along with the audio.
- change the colour of the highlight to match their preferences.
- change the speed at which the program reads the text.
- also save the speech for listening to later (WAV or MP3)
Via John Dalziel