ELL/Language Immersion Accessibility Supports

MacBook Reading and Translation Tools:

Chrome extension-Snap&Read (MacBooks)

The Eugene School District recently purchased a Chrome extension called Snap&Read. It has excellent translation tools for websites, PDFs and Google Docs. Students must sign into Chrome with their 4j credentials to access this extension. 

Here is a video to show you how it works: video 


Built-in Text-to-speech tools on MacBooks:

The MacBook text-to-speech feature known as “Speak Selection” will read any selectable digitized text on the screen with the keystroke combination Control + R. (select the text, then hold down Control then press R)  To change the voices, add additional voices in other languages, and alter the speed, go to: System Settings (under the apple) Accessibility, Spoken Content, Voices.   

NOTE: If you Right click/Control Click on the selected text, you have the option of TRANSLATION. You can choose a language under the 3 dots


If text on the MacBook is not accessible/digitized, and the screen reader cannot read it, there is a way to convert the text using a Screenshot/Preview method. Video



MacBook PREVIEW Application

MacBooks have a default PDF application -PREVIEW- that is great for translating PDF content on demand.



Read&Write for Google Chrome 

Text-to-Speech. A more robust TTS tool with dual highlighting. Includes single-word translation, dictionaries, screen masking, highlighting….

IMPORTANT: The Google Read&Write extension will read most text accessed through the Google Chrome Browser. Users must be synced with Chrome with their 4j email/pw. This applies to ALL Chrome extensions
  1. How to Access Google Read&Write
    1. PDF Instructions
    2. Video Instructions
  2. How to use Google Read&Write text-to-speech features 
    1. PDF Instructions
    2. Video Instructions -Reading Content
    3. Video Instructions -Writing Content
  3. How to choose a preferred voice and adjust the speaking rate –PDF Instructions


YouTube videos:  CC translation on a laptop.   VIDEO


Google Docs (MacBooks):  Google Docs has a built-in translation feature. See images: 





To have the translated text read aloud in the Google Doc, you have two options:

  1. Change the voice in the toolbar in the Read&Write Chrome extension to a voice that is in the language that you want, then save. You must then change the voice back each time to read  text in English.
  2. (simpler method) If a student uses the Control R  text-to-speech method to read text aloud (select text , then hold down Control then press R) the text will read aloud in either language that you select. You must first add a voice in the translation language in your System Settings under Accessibility-Spoken Content-System Voice.

Google Translate

Google Translate for on demand translation of Web Content (computers)

Google Translate is built into the Google Chrome web browser and can be turned on to translate selected text and entire websites.  It can also translate PDFs uploaded into Canvas assignments with the “Student Annotation” submission option. 

Google Translate to convert slideshows and PDFS into permanently translated formats that can be shared with students

Writing tools on MacBooks: CoWriter Chrome extension

Word prediction and speech-to-text/dictation are both ways to use technology tools to complete written tasks .  

Here is a video describing both tools, including the support of translation on a MacBook. You will learn to use the Chrome extension called CoWriter, a district-owned tool.


CoWriter: Using Word prediction in another language:  VIDEO


iPad Tools

iPads can be set up to offer support in multiple languages. They can read aloud text and allow students to dictate words and sentences in the language of choice. There are several translation tools available on student iPads that can be used  for communication support with peers/staff and for assistance with accessing and expressing learning content.



Snap&Read is the go-to iPad student accessibility app for converting paper handouts into a digitized format that permits access to “Universal Accommodations” such as text-to-speech and speech-to-text .  It can also provide READING AND WRITING support in a variety of languages for student participation with paper handouts . Snap&Read is loaded on ALL STUDENT IPADS.

  1. How to access the Snap&Read app –PDF/Video Instructions
  2. How to convert a paper handout into a digital format with optional text-to-speech and annotation features –Video Instructions
  3. How to translate English text in Snap&Read and have it read aloud in chosen language-Translate text in Snap&Read Video
  4. Using Snap&Read on a worksheet that is written in a foreign language – Snap&Read-foreign language worksheet-Video


iPad OS Accessibility

  1. Apple Translate -Offers a superior interface with it’s optional “face-to-face” orientation. Two communication partners speaking different languages and sitting across from each other can both engage in conversation with automated voice output of the translated text spoken aloud to each partner. -This is perfect for staff/student communication. PDF Instructions 
  2. Camera App with “Live Text” (newer 8th + gen iPads) for translating paper documents, with annotation tools. These newer devices are now becoming available to ELL students! –PDF Instructions
  3. iPad OS Text-to-speech/Voices -iPads can be set up with voices to read aloud text presented in almost any language –PDF/Video Instructions
  4. iPad OS Keyboards for speech-to-text -iPads can be set up with onscreen/built-in keyboards to allow speech-to-text (“Dictation”) in almost any language –PDF/Video Instructions


Read&Write (Word Prediction in English/Spanish/French) 

PDF/Video Instructions


Using CC to translate YouTube videos on an iPad: 

CC translation on YouTube-Video Instructions