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5 Apps for the ELL Classroom

Continuing our series of subject-based apps, here are five tools that can enhance the ELL classroom, or assist ELL students in other subjects:

1. Read&Write for Google

This is the all-in-one support tool for Google Chrome that allows you to hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with color highlighting; see the meaning of words explained with text and picture dictionaries; hear text translated into other languages; turn words into text as you speak; highlight text in documents or the web; and simplify and summarize text on web pages.  The only drawback is that many features are premium, and will vanish after 30 days if you don't pay.  The next four apps will replicate many of its features for free, but in separate apps.

2. Voice Recognition

Talk to type with this Chrome app.  It works in its own browser window, so will need to be copy-pasted later, or use the "Export" tool to create a Google Doc from your transcription.

3. Announcify

Text to speech applications can be of variable quality on Chrome(books).  This is by far the easiest to use and most reliable that we have found.   It will open the page in a new tab and highlight the text as it reads.

4. TL;DR

Too long; didn't read.  Using a sophisticated algorithm, this extension allows students to read a condensed version of an online article (summary, 25%, 50%, or 75%).  You'll love the built-in differentiation -- they'll love the sloth.

5. Super Simple Highlighter

Does what it says on the tin -- allows students to highlight text on websites in a variety of colours.


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