Are you in need a useful tool for ESL Learners or foreign language learners? Select and Speak is an extension that can read any selected text in the Chrome browser and can convert text to speech voices in different languages. A student or teacher can configure the voice and speed options by changing the settings via an easy-to-use options panel. When browsing the Internet simply select the text you want to read and click the icon to begin listening.
One of my favorite text-to-speech tools as it is very easy to use and has many useful options and features. You have the ability to type in text for quick read back. Additionally, you can listen to PDF files, webpages, e-books, e-textbooks, office documents and even printed books. There are free and paid versions, however I find the free version gives me the functionality I need. You can also share your audio on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.
Although this isn’t a text-to-speech tool….rather the other way around….Google Docs needs mention as it offers a speech-to-text option that is a powerful tool! Busy teachers can reliably dictate their lesson plans or correspondence or an ESL learner can practice their English pronunciation with this awesome tool. This helpful article guides you through the process of enabling speech-to-text features with Google Docs on Chrome OS, Android, and iOS devices.
VozMe is a simple text-to-voice tool that lets you copy and paste text into a text box and create an MP3. You may also select a male or female voice to read back to the listener. The best feature of this tool is the ability to download the voice file to your computer as an audio file (MP3). The website also provides detailed instructions on how you can integrate this into your teaching blog, website or learning management system.
Did you know that the MacBook also offers built in text-to-speech capability? This video is excellent as it carefully guides the user through an innovative way to use the MacBook's text-to-speech capability with students. Even better you can also enlist the strategies listed here for other online text-to-speech online tools.