These criteria have been developed by teachers for teachers and provide essential information so that you can select appropriate applications and use them with your learners. You can search the inventory through the use of filters or keywords. All evaluated tools are freeware or have a free version, and many of them are presented with specific examples, suggested and tested by teachers, on how you could use them in your classroom. More tools will be added, so make sure to check back regularly!
Principal function(s): Audiobooks
This platform offers different audiobooks and audio stories in English, together with their transcriptions. All the audio materials are available for listening online (no downloading option).
Evaluation: This site offers a wide range of good-quality audio content which is well organized into 6 sections: classics, novels, novellas, short stories, intermediate material, and advanced material. It is also interesting that, for every audio, there is a faster and slower version.
Cost: Free without registration
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
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
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
Very high. ESL Bits is completely non-profit and contains no advertising. Although it lacks a well-developed privacy section, it presumably does not collect user information or cookies. It abides by the U.S. Code 17/Sec. 107 as regards copyright since it uses materials only for the purpose of teaching, thus being consistent with ‘fair use’. This website uses material under this copyright limitation for the non-profit purpose of teaching. 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)
Compatibility/ Operating System
Mac / Windows
Other technical requirements
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.
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