Date
14 April 2024

Present information in different ways

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Using whole-class strategies to support students with speech, language and communication needs in years 7–13’

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Offer text-to-speech tools

Offer text-to-speech tools

Offer text-to-speech tools to read text aloud and support comprehension. Free text-to-speech tools are available across all computer operating systems.

Utilise technologies

Utilise technologies

Use technologies to enable learning.

  • A computer or a tablet provides language and visual support that can be revisited as often as required.
  • Information can be presented in multisensory ways and presentation can be adapted to individual needs, supporting independence.
  • A combination of visual and auditory stimuli is provided.
  • Students can learn at their own pace and revisit to consolidate learning as often as they like.
  • Differentiated work can be presented flexibly in order to meet individual learning requirements.

Ideas for presenting content

Ideas for presenting content

Ideas for presenting content in a variety of ways to support understanding.

  • Take a multisensory approach – use real experiences, physical activity and manipulables.
  • Provide multiple visual and concrete examples of information. Use infographics, real objects, images, video, and interactives on devices.
  • Support text with visuals and audio. Turn on the closed captions on videos.
  • Present digital rather than printed text so that students can personalise the ways they access it.
  • Use blogs, wikis and online tools such as Moodle to bring together different versions of content in one place, for example, a YouTube video, a graphic and some text.

Support understanding with visuals

Support understanding with visuals

Offer information in more than one way.

Use symbols and graphics to illustrate key concepts.

Keep the layout clean and uncluttered.

Use closed captions

Use closed captions

Look for closed captions when viewing video and TV to increase access to audio content.

On YouTube

  • Search for videos with closed captions using the Subtitles/CC filter. The filter menu box appears on the left of the YouTube search results page – that is, once you have searched on a subject, for example “frogs”, and have a list of results.
  • Look for the CC symbol. It may be under the settings cog.

On TV and streaming services 

  • Look for TV settings or settings on each streaming service.
  • The subtitles or closed caption option may be listed under Audio and subtitles, or Accessibility options

Using movies

Using movies

Students watch movies using subtitles to foster reading comprehension and fluency.

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13”:

Return to the guide “Speech, language and communica­tion needs ”

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