Phoenix, April 10, 2012 — More than 5 million U.S. students face the challenge of trying to learn math, science and social studies at the same time they are trying to build English language skills. Now, when English Language Learners (ELL) learn with NovaNET Courseware, they will discover a powerful tool for overcoming this hurdle, thanks to the digital learning curriculum’s new embedded text-to-speech feature.
NovaNET Courseware is now speech-enabled with Texthelp Systems’ SpeechStream, an intuitive text-to-speech toolbar that gives students the ability to read while hearing text read aloud by a high-quality, digitized human voice. This research-proven method helps improve word recognition, vocabulary and comprehension. Students can also use the toolbar’s Translator feature to translate any unfamiliar words. They can have the translated words read aloud in Spanish and can even control the speed of the playback so they are better able to comprehend the content.
Chris Dragon, President of Pearson Digital Learning, said, “Having this new text-to-speech technology embedded in NovaNET Courseware levels the playing field for all students when it comes to learning content while building language skills. Now, NovaNET Courseware provides even greater support for students struggling with reading and writing difficulties and learning disabilities, and those learning the English language.”
Serving more than 3 million students over the past 10 years, the award-winning NovaNET provides personalized, comprehensive online learning paths to provide middle school through adult learners – especially those most at risk of falling behind – with the necessary skills and competencies for college and career readiness. NovaNET Courseware meets schools’ needs for credit accrual, dropout prevention, summer school, credit recovery, virtual schools and virtual learning opportunities.
“NovaNET Courseware’s digital learning environment is perfect for the integration of our SpeechStream technology,” said Jack Dolan, President of Texthelp Systems. “Whether learning biology, American history or English, students of all abilities can turn to the toolbar to have a word translated as well as have an entire passage read to them so they can comprehend it. Learning doesn’t get much more personalized than that.”
Texthelp Systems provides literacy software solutions for individuals, K-12, higher education and publishers. Texthelp’s products include: Read&Write GOLD, Web Apps, Fluency Tutor, Lexiflow and SpeechStream. For more information, go to http://www.texthelp.com.
Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has as its mission to work side by side with states, districts, teachers, students and parents to ensure that every child is prepared for college and career (NYSE: PSO). For more information, go to http://www.pearsonschool.com.
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