MyCow is an English-language web magazine, featuring news, current events, global issues and international perspectives with an original approach. Written by a team of journalists from around the world and updated on a daily basis, all the articles are available in an audio format and are accompanied by a range of tools to facilitate comprehension. Interactive features are also part of the site such as exercises, tests and reader comments. An enjoyable way to practice language skills.
Listening to a foreign language is a must-have component of the learning process. With our rapidly changing content, we were looking for an automated and qualitative solution to convert text into audio so that our users could improve their English skills by listening at all suitable times for them.
MyCow is very pleased with the level of usage of ReadSpeaker by our students. We get thousands of clicks on the ReadSpeaker listen function per week and the feedback received from our users is that the online text to speech service really helps them improve their comprehension of the English language. The click and listen (no downloads required) behaviour of the ReadSpeaker listen button also explains the high number of clicks that are experienced. The on the fly conversion of text into speech helps MyCow students measure at all times how well they understand English words and sentences. This is a very practical feature which they can access continuously to monitor their progress.
In terms of integrating ReadSpeaker, the process has proven to be very quick and efficient. It consists in a simple tagging of our site with the HTML snippet provided by ReadSpeaker. One very useful feature is that we have our own dictionary which can be modified when an occasional word is not well pronounced. In the e-learning space, that is a service that can be very useful to enrich the quality of the written content we want our users to listen to.