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Grades4 to 12
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This "text to speech" service is a rare find and highly useful in ESL, ELL, and world language classrooms. This site is also ideal for students with limited hearing. Type ...more
This "text to speech" service is a rare find and highly useful in ESL, ELL, and world language classrooms. This site is also ideal for students with limited hearing. Type phrases or short stories into the text box. Space is limited, so the stories cannot be long. Then you can choose among countless avatar voices (in U.S., Australian, or British English accents). Turn up the volume, and listen to your text. This site offers a great variety of world languages (European and Asian) including English, Chinese, Greek, Korean, Russian, Swedish, Polish, and many others. You can even select from a variety of speakers for each language group so that different dialects and areas are covered. For example, Chinese is offered in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Taiwanese. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.
In the ClassroomType or copy and paste what you'd like to hear into Oddcast's box. Listen to American and British English accents with your ESL and ELL students and ask them to note specific pronunciation differences. Use this as a survival translator when a non-English speaking student arrives in your classroom! Open the site, type in what you need to tell the student, and translate aloud to his/her language during those desperate moments when acting it out simply does not work! This site is also useful in nearly all world language classrooms Show students how to use the site, then share it as a link on your teacher web page for them to use when practicing at home or outside of class. Why not assign students to learn several "homework" phrases on their own each week, assuming they have access to computers at home or during study times at school. Mark this site on your teacher web page for your ESL/ELL students to hear something read or pronounced both in an outside of class.
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