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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

Vocabulary.com

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

Principal function(s)
  • Vocabulary
Type of interaction
  • Individual work
Content
  • Website/other users supply
Skill
  • Vocabulary

Usability

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: High
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Interface language(s): English
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: 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.
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: Yes
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) Tailorability (If so, how?) No. You need to follow the software’s logic.

Interactivity

Technical requirements

Installation required? No
Compatibility/Operating System: Windows, Linux, MAC, Android, iOS
Other tech requirements:
 
 
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