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In my last post, I mentioned that Stanza is compatible with text-speech apps. Not all of the e-reading apps currently available are text-speech compatible – but more about that later. So, what is a text-speech app?
Using a text-speech app is not unlike reading with a more experienced reader who gives you feedback when you get stuck on a word. What’s more, using a text-speech app can help students improve reading fluency—the ability to read accurately, quickly, with expression and with understanding—and firm up connections for words in the neural circuits of their brains—but only if students track while they listen. Just listening to the text read will not help students to improve reading fluency.
Some text-speech apps are free, while others will cost you a few dollars. I’ve listed a few free apps that you can explore, as well as a paid app that I’m particularly fond of. In this post, I talk about how to make these apps work on your hand-held.