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Auto-detect is a PREVIEW feature in Reading Progress that estimates errors based on common pronunciation. Auto-detect supports a number of dialects and pronunciations, and may assess student performance poorly if it interprets the uploaded document as the wrong language. For example, it may detect errors in a French document because it is monitoring for French pronunciation instead of French Canadian pronunciation. To ensure your documents are detected properly, follow the steps below.

Note: Passages from the sample library cannot be edited and will be interpreted as American English by Auto-detect. 

Edit language in Reading Progress

You can now set your language preferences right in Reading Progress. 

  1. Select Import Word or PDF and choose a page from Class Notebook, a Word document, or PDF to create your Reading Progress assignment.​​​​​

screenshot showing the dropdown after selecting upload word of pdf

2. Select Edit

screenshot showing a passage in place with the cursor hovering over the edit button

3. Open the language dropdown and select your desired language.

screenshot showing the dropdown to select a language

4. Select the checkmark to apply your changes.

Auto-detect will listen for the language you selected when interpreting students' errors.

Set your document language 

If you're usually using the same language, setting your document language in Word can help Reading Progress interpret your expected language without extra steps. 

  1. Open a Word or PDF document in Microsoft Word

    • If you are using a PDF, you can still open it in Word by going to the File menu, choosing Open, and selecting the desired PDF

  2. After the document is open in Word, go to the Review tab

  3. Select the language you're using from the list 

    • See the list of currently supported languages on the next tab

  4. Select OK

  5. Save the Word document, this will retain your chosen language settings

    • If you began with a PDF, you can save it as a Word document. 

  6. Select this passage after choosing Upload Word or PDF in Reading Progress

Screenshot of review tab of word. Mouse has selected language then set proofing language

Screenshot from Word. Popup lists languages that can be selected. "Detect language automatically" is checked.

Languages that can use the auto-detect feature

Auto-detect is a PREVIEW feature in Reading Progress that estimates errors based on common pronunciation. Documents in any language can be uploaded and marked manually. Languages that are currently supported by Auto-detect include:

  • Afrikaans

  • Amharic

  • Arabic:

    • Algeria

    • Bahrain

    • Egypt

    • Iraq

    • Israel

    • Jordan

    • Kuwait

    • Lebanon

    • Libya

    • Morocco

    • Palestine

    • Qatar

    • Syria

    • Saudi Arabia

    • Tunisia

    • United Arab Emirates

    • Yemen

  • Bulgarian

  • Burmese

  • Catalan, Spain

  • Chinese:

    • Hong Kong

    • Taiwan

  • Croatian

  • Czech

  • Danish

  • Dutch:



  • English:

    • Australia

    • Canada

    • Ghana

    • Great Britain

    • Hong Kong

    • India

    • Kenya

    • New Zealand

    • Nigeria

    • Philippines

    • Singapore

    • Tanzania

    • South Africa

    • United States

  • Estonian

  • Farsi

  • Filipino

  • French:

    • Belgium



    • Switzerland

  • German:

    • Germany


  • Greek

  • Hebrew

  • Hindi

  • Hungarian

  • Icelandic

  • Indonesian

  • Irish

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Javanese

  • Kannada

  • Khmer

  • Korean

  • Lao

  • Latvian

  • Lithuanian

  • Macedonian

  • Malay

  • Maltese

  • Marathi

  • Norwegian

  • Polish, Poland

  • Portuguese:

    • Brazil

    • Portugal

  • Romanian

  • Russian

  • Serbian

  • Sinhala

  • Spanish:

    • Argentina

    • Bolivia

    • Chile

    • Columbia

    • Costa Rica

    • Cuba

    • Dominican Republic

    • Ecuador

    • Equatorial Guinea

    • Guatemala

    • Honduras

    • Mexico

    • Panama

    • Peru

    • Puerto Rico

    • Paraguay

    • El Salvador

    • Spain

    • United States

    • Uruguay

    • Venezuela

  • Slovakian

  • Slovenian

  • Swahili

  • Swedish

  • Tamil

  • Telugu

  • Thai

  • Turkish

  • Ukrainian

  • Uzbek

  • Vietnamese

  • Zulu

We are working to include more languages and dialects. Use your discretion to mark errors manually when the speech detection does not meet the needs of your student.

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