Found at the National TESOL convention: Capti, a free app that turns any text into speech.
Previously I’ve used Instapaper to save articles and then the “text to speech” option on my iPhone to have Siri read the article aloud. It works, but it’s a bit unwieldy, and definitely awkward when driving. This week, I’ve given Capti a try. While there are some features I like a bit better with Siri (slightly better word and punctuation recognition), Capti is certainly easier since its features include creating playlists, highlighting text while reading, and easily changing reading speed. Saving documents is super easy; users just choose “save to Capti” from the text on their screen (computer, table, phone…whatever). Capti syncs across devices so you can use it on multiple platforms (home pc, cell phone, tablet, etc.). Users can also easily share articles with friends through email, message, etc.
I’m adding it to our student resource list as a recommendation for speaking / listening self study. Take a look! For students who want more listening practice, but never have time, or for those who like to listen and read at the same time, it could prove very useful.