Based on researches, Microsoft knows that reading requires the following three abilities:
Decoding: it is the ability to pronounce words the right way.
Fluency: it is the ability to read quickly and accurately.
Comprehension: it is the ability to understand what we read.
So, what has Microsoft done for all its users? They have built Learning Tools that will help all the users develop and enhance the above abilities. For us to find out how the Learning Tools work in Microsoft Word 365, all you have to do is to continue reading.
First, we must use the Read Mode View in order to use the Learning Tools in Microsoft Word 365. To use the Read Mode View, we can either select the View tab and from the area of the ribbon named Views, we select the Read Mode command as shown in the image below.
The next way to use the Read Mode View, is to select the first icon at the bottom right corner of the Microsoft Word window which is named Read Mode as shown in the image below.
Once we are in Read Mode, we select the View command as shown below, and then from the drop down menu that appears we select the command Syllables. By using this command we Show The Breaks Between Syllables in our Document.
In the image below, I have selected the Syllables command, and now in our Document we can see the Syllables. By showing syllabification of words in our content, it helps word recognition and pronunciation.
In the image below, I have selected once in Read Mode View, the View command and from the drop down menu that appears I have selected the command Text Spacing. Straight away, the Text Spacing increases spacing between words, characters and lines in our Document. By using the Text Spacing feature, it optimizes font spacing in a narrow column view, which improves reading fluency for users who suffer from visual crowding issues.
In the image below, I have selected once in Read Mode View, the View command and from the drop down menu that appears I have selected the command Read Aloud. Immediately, the text is read out loud and each word is highlighted as it is being read. We can notice in the top right corner of our Word Document the Previous, Pause, Next, Settings and Close button. By using the Read Aloud feature, it helps us improve decoding, fluency and comprehension while sustaining focus and attention.
A very useful feature, which will help everyone improve decoding a document, understanding one and comprehending with it.
Below you can check out the video describing How To Use The Learning Tools in Microsoft Word 365.
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