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Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

Welcome to the inventory of freely available online tools and open educational resources for language teaching and learning developed by the ICT-REV project! The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with specific criteria in mind. Read more
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This tool was developed within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission

Playphrase

Principal function(s): Autonomous learning

Playphrase is a tool that searches specific words or phrases out of movie snippets from a database of audiovisual media with over 60,000 phrases. In this manner, it provides real-life examples of words’ and sentences’ pronunciation. Users just have to type specific phrases, watch them being used naturally in context within popular movies and TV shows, and listen to their pronunciation. Playphrase works mainly with English. Playphrase is not open-source, but it is freely available. It does not require setting up an account or signing in. Evaluation: Playphrase is an easily accessible tool for users to learn how to pronounce words or sentences, based on movie examples. Learners can see and hear how phrases are used in natural conversations, enhancing comprehension and pronunciation. Teachers can use it as a supplementary resource to create engaging lessons. As a downside, learners can look for any word or sentence on Playphrase, and the platform does not filter content for rude or abusive language. Thus, it could be problematic if students were to play out loud in the class what they found on Playphrase. Importantly, Playphrase mainly shows content in English, specifically American English, since this is the language of most media in its database. Playphrase does not demand any IT skills.

Cost: Free

Website: https://www.playphrase.me/#/search

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work

Skills

  • Pronunciation

Content

  • Website/other users supply
  • You supply

Usability

Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface

Straightforward, user-friendly

Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task

High

Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to

English

Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?

Medium (?). Playphrase’s respect for privacy is difficult to assess since it lacks a privacy policy section. However, it does not require logging in or displaying any advertising. Nonetheless, third parties might collect cookies. This also raises security concerns.

Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction

No

Tailorability (If so, how?) Possibility of the tool to be used for a range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool)

Yes, users can search for any word or sentence and find its pronunciation.

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

No, only browser version available.

Compatibility/ Operating System

All operating systems

Other technical requirements


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Grammar
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Content
You supply
Website/other users supply

 


Latest addition to the ICT-REV inventory

Playphrase (Tool to find the pronunciation of words from movies )

Playphrase is a tool that searches specific words or phrases out of movie snippets from a database of audiovisual media with over 60,000 phrases. In this manner, it provides real-life examples of words’ and sentences’ pronunciation. Users just have to type specific phrases, watch them being used naturally in context within popular movies and TV shows, and listen to their pronunciation. Playphrase works mainly with English. Playphrase is not open-source, but it is freely available. It does not require setting up an account or signing in. ... View details

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