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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

Deutsche Welle

Principal function(s): Autonomous learningStreaming/radio services

Deutsche Welle is an online platform that broadcasts news and information from Germany that are available worldwide. Their radio and online content is available in 30 different languages. More importantly, Deutsche Welle includes a section offering a wide selection of free resources for German learners and teachers. Deutsche Welle is a German public broadcaster and is free to use. Creating an account and signing up is required to personalise content preferences, save articles for later reading, or access certain features. Evaluation: Deutsche Welle is a valuable tool for both German teachers and learners since it provides a broad variety of resources for their target language. It can be a way to incorporate real-life materials into the classroom and bolster autonomous learning. The materials are organized by level following the guidelines of the CEFR, making the search for materials easier. An online placement test is also available to help students decide which online resources suit them better. The platform also offers the latest international news in several languages. It has a user-friendly interface and navigation is easy, so only basic IT skills are required.

Cost: Free without registration

Website: http://www.dw.com



Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work


  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Intercultural


  • Website/other users supply


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

Intuitive, user-friendly

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


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

English, German and 28 more

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

High. Deutsche Welle appears to collect a variety of data when users access its websites, including non-personal data such as log file information and personal data when necessary for specific services, which implies some level of data minimization. The privacy policy mentions that data is collected for data security reasons and kept on secure servers. Deutsche Welle asks for consent to collect and process personal data in certain cases, such as for competitions and newsletters. It also mentions that users have the right to withdraw their consent at any time, which implies users’ control over data. It complies with the GDPR. See more here.

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


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)






Technical requirements

Installation required?


Compatibility/ Operating System

All operating systems

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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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