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How to Use Microsoft’s Immersive Reader on Ellii

April 13, 2022

Every day, we get a ton of requests from teachers around the world. One tool that’s been requested over and over again is Microsoft’s Immersive Reader. Many of you will be happy to know that this valuable digital learning tool is now available to use within our platform!

New to Immersive Reader? This interactive learning tool helps improve reading and writing for language learners at all levels by reading text out loud and highlighting each word as it’s being read.

Students can customize their reading experience by choosing to listen to a female or male voice and by adjusting the voice speed to their liking. They can also click on any word to hear it spoken out loud and to see a picture of the term for an added visual aid.

Watch this video to see it in action. 

Ellii lesson with Immersive Reader open

Benefits of Immersive Reader for Students

This powerful tool is helpful for all students, regardless of age, level, or ability. Not only can it help students with their comprehension and understanding of a text, but it can also help learners improve their reading skills, widen their vocabulary, and enhance their grammar.

How to Use Immersive Reader on Ellii in 3 Simple Steps

Here's how to quickly launch Immersive Reader on the Ellii platform:

  1. Click on any of our lessons with a reading, and open the Task Player.
  2. Go to any reading task and look for a blue button on the right-hand side of your screen that resembles an open book with a volume symbol on it. When you hover over the button it should say "Immersive Reader."
  3. Click on that button to launch Immersive Reader inside our platform.

Immersive Reader button

Enhance Their Reading Experience with More Customization Features

In addition to adjusting the sound and speed of the voice, students can customize their reading experience even further.

Under Text Preferences, students can choose the text size, increase the spacing, adjust the font, and select a background color theme to help improve readability.

Under Grammar Options, language learners can choose to show the syllables or highlight different parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Both of these options can help increase reading comprehension. 

Finally, under Reading Preferences, students can choose to focus on either one line, three lines, or five lines of text. This way, students can concentrate on a few lines at a time without getting distracted or feeling overwhelmed by the rest of the text. They can also turn the picture dictionary on or off and adjust the translation to their preferred language.

Immersive Reader settings open

Please note that the translation feature may not always be useful since AI doesn’t always translate in context.

For more information, please read our help doc

Watch: Immersive Reader Demo

Ready to see the Immersive Reader tool in action? Watch Lise, our Social Engagement Manager, show you how to use Immersive Reader in your class via Ellii.

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Comments (18)

Anu G.(Teacher)

The immersive reader function looks absolutely amazing. Can't wait to use it. And can't thank you enough :)

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Maryam H.(Teacher)

The immersive reader is incredible!! I’ll definitely use it in my classes! Thank you Ellie !!

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Ian J.(Teacher)

Looks great!
On to the acid test - when the Easter break is over and my class resumes!

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Beena W.(Teacher)

Super tool! Thank you so much.

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Cathy M.(Teacher)

Thank you Ellii - the immersive reader function looks wonderful & will be such a bonus in the classroom.

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Susan B.(Teacher)

This looks like a fantastic new tool. I will use it next lesson!

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Wwwwiw L.(Teacher)

Very cool!! Love the versatility of this reader!

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Bahar H.(Teacher)

Amazing! Thank you.

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Luis V.(Teacher)

Excellent! Great with all English level students, especially the Kids lessons, They love the picture dictionary. Thank you very much..

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Kulwinder P.(Teacher)

This is amazing. Thank you!

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