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How does ELA Read-Aloud work?

Text-to-speech Read-Aloud support covers the entire ELA Library and ELA Skills Practice. Teachers can decide which students are able to use it—watch this short video (20s) to see and hear how Read-Aloud support works for students.

By default, all students reading at a 1st-grade level and below now receive Read-Aloud support when practicing in the ELA Article Library and ELA Skills Practice. When Read-Aloud is enabled for an ELA practice session:

Students see an audio button next to each body paragraph.

Students see an audio button next to each question and answer choice.

Each word is highlighted as it is read out loud.

Teachers can customize the Read-Aloud setting as desired to ensure that specific students always or never see ELA Read-Aloud support. For example, a student reading at a 6th-grade level can get Read-Aloud support if they need it as an accommodation. By default, for ELA Articles and ELA Skills Practice (Nonfiction/Fiction):

  • Read-Aloud is enabled for students with a Reading Level ≤ 1C, but can be disabled.
  • Read-Aloud is disabled for students with a Reading Level > 1C, but can be enabled.

Read-Aloud is currently not available for ELA Skills Practice (Grammar).

Teachers can customize these settings from the new "Support Settings" tab of the Edit Student Page:

  • Teachers can choose to "always show" or "always hide" read aloud support from a student, overriding the Freckle defaults.
  • Teachers can apply this setting to one student at a time, or all students in a class.