Kathleen Colburn

Read&Write for Google Chrome Now Available in French

Texthelp is happy to announce that Read&Write for Google is now available in French! With a new update released earlier this week, Read&Write for Google users can now use Read&Write for Google tools like Word Prediction, Dictionary, Speech Input and more completely in the French language in their Google Docs, PDFs, and on the web. The toolbar icons and menu options can even be displayed entirely in French.

This is especially exciting news for our many users in Canada, where French is an official language and integral part of education in many provinces and school boards.

Read on to learn more about this update and how to get started with it.

Image of Canada map with Texthelpers

To start using Read&Write for Google Chrome in French, you can switch over your language settings with the following quick steps. These are also outlined in our quick tutorial video.

  1. Open the Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar in Google Docs or on the web
  2. Click the Settings gear
  3. Go to the Language tab
  4. Select French from the Language and Features dropdown menus

You’ll also want to select a French voice to read with, on the Speech tab.

French settings screen shot

Now you’ll be ready to read French text, write with Word Prediction, create a French vocabulary list, and more.

This update is especially important for so many of our users in Canadian school districts or school boards, where French is either the secondary or even exclusive language used in the classroom. In Ontario for example, there are 12 school boards consisting of 425 schools, where all classroom curriculum is taught in French. Additionally, French as a Second Language is taught in all 60 of Ontario’s English-speaking public school boards. The story is the same in other provinces across Canada, where students have the opportunity to receive French or bilingual instruction.

With such a high demand for reading and writing supports for French immersion students, native French speakers learning English, and everyone in between, Texthelp is excited to offer this new version of Read&Write for Google Chrome. And we look forward to offering supports in even more languages in the future.

This update will continue to roll out automatically to all of our users. If you don’t see the option to change your language yet, you can get the update by going to Settings > More Tools > Extensions, and tick the “Developer Mode” box at the top of the page. Then you’ll have the option to “Update extensions now”.

If you haven’t installed Read&Write for Google Chrome yet, get it from the Chrome web store now. And if you’re a teacher, don’t forget to sign up for a free year subscription.

Have you tried out the French version of Read&Write for Google Chrome yet? Let us know what you think, and how you might use it in your classroom, in the comments section below.


Rita Pinkney 03/04/2020 16:07:21
I am looking for a french version of your Read&Write for Google Chrome™
Quick Reference Guide 02.16

Deena Kimmel 03/04/2020 17:43:46
Hi Rita - Here is a version of our Quick Reference Guide in French: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MZpG2CqwA4XODXq-nyZeXtjU-1RUgeUi/view?usp=sharing.

Ildi Kloiber 13/11/2019 17:23:51
It would be amazing if you could have the Check It tool work over French as well.

Deena Kimmel 13/11/2019 20:46:34
Thanks for your feedback, Ildi! We will submit your request to the developers. Thanks again!

Manon 29/09/2018 02:24:36
Hi, i am trying to get the spellcheck to work in french but it doesnt give me the option (no checkmark icon). Help! Thank you!

Deena Kimmel 01/10/2018 13:54:52
Hi Manon. Sorry to hear you are having trouble. Could you please email support@texthelp.com? Someone from our Support team will be able to assist you further. Thanks!

vanessa Bourlon 27/01/2016 16:08:01
I can get it to do word prediction and read back in French but when I use the speak function the computer will not type what I am saying in French... instead it will type what it thinks it hears in English (even though I am speaking French) . What it types is not a translation of my french at all... just random English words that it thinks im saying. Can you please help!

Ruth Houston 27/01/2016 16:45:50
Sorry to hear you're having problems Vanessa. Can you email support@texthelp.com and we'll be able to help you from there?





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