One strategy for overcoming reading problems that involve poor decoding skills or limited fluency is to provide text in a format that can be read by the computer (text-to-speech).

Consider how you can help students learn to copy and paste text into text to speech programs so that they can listen to text they cannot read. For Windows computers, ReadPlease and Natural Reader are free text to speech programs. For Macintosh computers, show students how to use the speech tools within TextEdit. To locate digital text, visit EDSITEment: The Best of the Humanities on the Web, Best of History Web Sites, and Internet Resources for Use in Science.

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