Immersive Reader

1. What is IR?

It’s another free literacy tool developed by Microsoft. It has three very helpful features. It can help beginning readers, foreigners, and students with learning difficulties such as dyslexia learn to read. It can help older students learn grammar. And it can also help young fertile minds learn a foreign language.

2. How does this tool actually work?

It can dynamically change text size and adjust spacing between lines. It can highlight and label various parts of speech. And it can syllabicate blocks of words at once. Also, it offers numerous background colors to make text stand out.

3. How many languages does it function with?

If functions fully with the 14 flag languages on our TL website, and partially with an additional 44 languages. 

4. Which TL memberships are suitable to use with IR?

Turquoise membership, having lullabies and nursery rhymes, and Gold & Palladium memberships, having stories, are well suited to use with it.

5. How does a user choose a TTS voice?

She may either right click on a page or depress Ctrl+Shift+U buttons on her keyboard . When she does so, “Voice Options” will appear on the 3rd toolbar from the top. There she should make her choice.

6. How is IR accessed?

First, the student should pick the language she intends to use. Second, with her mouse she should select a story or poem (Hush Little Baby under Lullabies & Nursery Rhymes for example). Next, she should right click on her selection and choose Open in Immersive Reader.

7. What does the student see when entering IR?

She’ll see her selected story on the screen as well as four headings on the new toolbar above it, namely―Reading preferences, Grammar Tools, Text preferences, and Reading aloud.

8. What next?

The user should click on Reading preferences. When she does she’ll see a dialog box with three headings. Line Focus highlights one, two, or more lines at a time. The Picture Dictionary, which is extremely helpful to children with (ASD) Autism Spectrum Disorder, supplies a picture of any word that’s clicked on. And Translate can convert the chosen story into another audible language. 

9. Are any Reading preferences critical for proper functioning?

Yes, the last one. Translate should be focused on at first. Under its heading there’ll be a dialog box from which the user should choose her pre-determined language.


Below the dialog box, the user will see an entry, Translate entire page. She then must use her mouse to select the entire poem or story, elsewise only the first line of it will be translated.

10. Which Grammar Tools does IR provide?

IR provides two Grammar Tools, Syllables and Parts of speech. Syllables can be helpful to beginning readers learning phonics; and Parts of speech, to older students beginning to write sentences.

11. Which features are in Text preferences?

There are three Text preferences. To wit―Text size, Text spacing, and Page themes.


The parent should her selections that will best suit her child. As she does, she'll see the text adjust accordingly. Page themes are merely backgrounds: Black offering the best contrast for white text; and White, the best contrast for black text. 

12. Where are the voice controls?

They are on the 3rd toolbar from the top that has just appeared.

13. How helpful are the three carets in the middle of the toolbar?

The parent should choose selections that will best suit her child's individual needs. As she does, she'll see the text adjust accordingly. Page themes are merely backgrounds: Black offering the best contrast for white text; and White, the best contrast for black text. 

14. Are the words highlighted as they’re read?

Yes, and the line on which the words are being read has distinctive shading.

15. Can the mouse also be used with the Read aloud feature?

No, this feature is not available.

16. How does one end a session?

Either by tapping F9 on one’s keyboard or by clicking “Exit immersive reader,” which can be seen on the second toolbar from the top.

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