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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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Vocabulary.com

Principal function(s):

Vocabulary.com turns learning new words in English into a game. A series of flashcards, sometimes with single words out of context or with words being used in a contextualized phrase, is presented to the user. Then four different definitions of the word appear and the user must decide which one is most correct according to the context. If the answer selected is correct, an explanation with other possible meanings and uses is provided (also in English). The difficulty level varies and the software provides statistics that show your progress. You can compare your score and compete with other users.

Evaluation: Vocabulary.com is very user friendly as the flashcard system is intuitive. The process of signing up and starting training with your vocabulary is simple. As the tool learns which words you have more difficulty in memorising, it adapts the selection. Explanations provided are all given in English. The tool already has many English lists with easy-to-understand dictionary definitions. It is not for other languages and is best for an advanced learner, even a native speaker. A downside is the fact that the program follows the logic of a game, you can compare yourself to others in a ranking and track your achievements: this can be motivational for some learners, whereas, for users less comfortable with competition and comparison, it could cause anxiety.

Cost: Free. Educational paid plan available.

Website: https://www.vocabulary.com/

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work

Skills

  • Vocabulary

Content

  • Website/other users supply

Usability

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

Simple

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?

There is no option to create a private profile; According to the privacy policy, personal information is not sold to third parties and information provided is safely stored by the company.

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

Yes

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)

No. You need to follow the software’s logic.

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

No

Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Linux, MAC, Android, iOS

Other technical requirements


 
This tool was developed within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission


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Principal function(s)
Audio record/ edit/ share
Blogging
Bookmarking
Citation manager
Course management
Story creation
File sharing/syncing
Flashcard
Game app
Graphic organizer
Image sharing
Marking software
Mind mapping
News aggregator
Note taking
Podcast aggregator
Polling
Poster creator
Question/answer management
Quiz maker
Screen capture
Slide presenting
Social networking
Storytelling
Thesaurus
Timeline Creator
Translation tool
Url shortener
Video Conferencing
Video record/ edit/ share
Virtual pinboard
Virtual worlds
Crossword puzzle creator
Website creator
Wiki
Word cloud creator
Type Of Interaction
Group/pair work - classmates
Group/pair work - outsiders
Individual work
Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)

Skills
Listening
Speaking
Reading
Writing
Vocabulary
Grammar
Pronunciation
Intercultural

Content
You supply
Website/other users supply

 

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