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"eBooks in EFL reading: How to author eBooks with text to speech technology. "
JALTCALL 2010, Kyoto Sangyo University, Kyoto, Japan: May 29-30, 2010.

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  • Masami YASUDA JALTCALL
  • Masami YASUDA JALTCALL
  • JALTCALL2010

    1. 1. eBooks in EFL Reading: How to author eBooks with Text to Speech Technology <ul><ul><li>YASUDA, Masami, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kwansei Gakuin Univ., </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Myasuda[at]kwansei.ac.jp </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Theme: CALL: What's your Motivation? JALTCALL SIG 2010 Kyoto Sangyo University, Kyoto, JAPAN. May 29-31, 2010 JALTCALL SIG 2010 Kyoto Sangyo University, Kyoto, JAPAN. E-Learning at KG Univ.
    2. 2. <ul><li>Recent eBook readers or dedicated devices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amazon’s Kindle, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SONY’s Libié, iRex’s Digital Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apple’s iPad </li></ul></ul>. Introduction: eBook readers <ul><li>eBooks are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>content-rich </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>of wide general interest. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>eBooks & their dedicated devices would </li></ul><ul><ul><li>definitely change the literacy world, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a viable device for EFL ・ ESL readers </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>EFL teachers can </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Author or publish eBooks on the PC’s , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>without </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>purchasing such a new device, </li></ul></ul>. eBooks for EFL/ESL <ul><li>Students can benefit from reading eBooks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>on their own, at home and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>on smartphones, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dedicated eBook readers. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Content selection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>by teachers is the key !! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Because devices or tools are only tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>without a rich and controlled content. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. . Microsoft Reader <ul><li>Microsoft Reader features: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Page by page reading: files ( LIT extension) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight word by word </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Synchronized audio reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dictionary Lookup </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Platforms : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PC’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>laptops, desktops, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Windows Mobile </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smartphones ( Windows CE ) , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mobile phones. </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. . eBook Publisher (2) : Additional Tools <ul><li>Additional tools: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dictionary Lookup eBook for eBooks Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encarta Pocket Dictionary </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text to Speech </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Engines </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Agents </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. . Text to Speech <ul><li>Text to Speech </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One of Assistive Technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe, at TED Conference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ted Conference site </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul></ul></ul>Filmed Feb., 2008. Local FLV (video) downloaded from YouTube
    7. 7. . Text to Speech - Roger Ebert, The Best, Finally Gets His Voice Back - Assistive Technologies <ul><li>Roger Ebert, The Best, Finally Gets His Voice Back - Video site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Roger Ebert “Speaks” on Oprah in his blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter by Mashable – Video online </li></ul></ul>Roger and Chaz Ebert at the DGA Awards, 2009. Roger Ebert appears with Oprah Winfrey on her talk show this Tuesday. (Harpo Productions)
    8. 8. . Text to Speech – Roger Ebert Gets ‘Voice’ Grandkids Can Recognize - Assistive Technologies <ul><li>Film critic Roger Ebert says computer programmers have captured his voice from movie commentary tracks. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He can type what he wants to say and listeners hear a voice that sounds like him. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ebert lost his ability to speak after surgery for cancer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Scottish company called CereProc (SAYR’-uh-prok) blended digital recordings of Ebert speaking to make his text-to-audio voice. </li></ul></ul>FIRST PUBLISHED: February 28, 2010 5:40 PM EST CHICAGO, Ill. -- Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, ttp://www.suntimes.com/index
    9. 9. . Text to Speech Online Tools (partial listing) <ul><li>a) vozMe: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Type or copy-paste the texts to convert to ‘Create MP3’ at a click! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>b) Expressivo – You can listen to books, messages, RSS feeds, articles or even e-mails. You can easily create audio books on your mp3 player. Purchase needed </li></ul><ul><li>c) Cepstral - The text to speech conversion to the text into a WAV file. Purchase needed . </li></ul><ul><li>Six Online Tools - Text to Speech tools you would not want to miss </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TechDune - Tech News, Software & Hardware Reviews, Internet, Humor </li></ul></ul>vozMe Skip to   RSS Mixing
    10. 10. http://www.voiceforge.com/demo/ . Text to Speech Online Tools (2)
    11. 11. . Assisted Technology: Book Readers – Scanners with Text to Speech http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXvaHyg9XBM&feature=player_embedded
    12. 12. . eBook Publishers (1) <ul><li>Authoring tools: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>two free publishing/authoring software ( to download ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1) WordRMR – MS-Word Add-in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to create your own Microsoft Reader eBooks. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word 2000, 2002, 2003 </li></ul></ul>WordRMR.exe
    13. 13. . Texts and Pictures: Public Domain, Speeches, News
    14. 14. . eBook Authoring (1) : MS-Word Add-in
    15. 15. . eBook Publishers (2) <ul><li>Authoring tools: (2) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ReaderWorks 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Visit OverDrive to download </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Demo ( local file ) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    16. 16. . Other eBook Readers: (1) Calibre http://calibre-ebook.com/ Calibre supports e-book syncing with the iPhone using Lexcycle Stanza .
    17. 17. . Other eBook Readers: (1) Calibre (2) <ul><li>Calibre – eBooks in cloud computing age </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Convert PDF to eBooks , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscribe to news, magazines, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e-book syncing with the iPhone ( Lexcycle Stanza ) </li></ul></ul>C:Program FilesCalibre2calibre.exe http://calibre-ebook.com/
    18. 18. . Other eBook Readers (2): Kindle PC
    19. 19. . BlogCasting: (3) Web log Projects - 2008 <ul><li>KGLaw BlogCast 2008 </li></ul>Local image file <ul><li>Samples of text2Speech audio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advcomp – Education course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>kglaw f 81 – Freshmen 1st </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>kglaw f 82 – Freshmen 2 nd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>kglaw s 81 – Sophomores </li></ul></ul>AdvComp - Online grading as admin of the server Next slide
    20. 20. . Summary: BlogCast with RSS Mixing and Text2Speech RSS Mixer with Text to Speech Playlist, Feed, New XML iPods, iTunes, Presentations, Other PodCasting sites Next slide?
    21. 21. . Comparison of eBooks and other media <ul><li>Comparison of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>eBooks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>with </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the already developed BlogCast , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text to speech applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits to EFL students. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How useful eBooks would be </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to help improve reading skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>in EFL courses. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    22. 22. . Comparison of Media for Reading <ul><li>Media Books eBooks Audio Blog or </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Books Podcast </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>2 Cost △ ◎ △ ◎ 3 Devices N.A. ○ △ ○ <ul><li>Audio/ × △ ○ △ </li></ul><ul><li>Voice </li></ul>5 Text to × ○ × ○ Speech 6 Highlight / × ○ × △ Synchro 7 Delivery × △ × ◎ <ul><li>Speed × △ △ △ </li></ul><ul><li>Control </li></ul>
    23. 23. . Comparison of Media for Reading (2) 1 Media Books eBooks Audio Books Blog or Podcast 2 Cost △ ◎ △ ◎ 3 Devices N.A. ○ △ ○ 4 Audio/ Voice × △ ○ △ 5 Text to Speech × ○ × ○ 6 Highlight/Synchro × ○ × △ 7 Delivery × △ × ◎ 8 Control Speed × △ △ △
    24. 24. . Technology in Language Teaching and Learning <ul><li>Figure 1 Range-of-Use Technology Chart </li></ul><ul><li>Szecsy, Elsie M. &quot;Technology in Language Teaching and Learning.&quot; Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education. 2008. SAGE Publications. 29 Mar. 2009. < http://www.sage-ereference.com/bilingual/Article_n313.html >. </li></ul><ul><li>Source: EnGauge . Available from http:/ / www.ncrel.org/ engauge .    Broken Link Copyright © 2006 Learning Point Associates. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. </li></ul>

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