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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


Principal function(s): Game apps

Charades! is a multiplayer activity game where players act out words or phrases without speaking, while others guess what they are portraying. Players pick a deck of cards which will, depending on the chosen theme, provide words to guess. Then, they hold up the phone at forehead level, with the screen facing the other players, while they give clues to guess what the word is before time runs out. Charades! is available as an app and is free, yet it displays ads and some functionalities have to be purchased. It is developed by FatChicken Studios. Evaluation: Charades! is a platform that can help plan engaging group activities to practice a target language. Since it contains a variety of themed decks on different topics, it can aid in vocabulary acquisition. However, it requires active participation so that everyone gets a chance to practice their speaking. It includes other activities such as impersonation and trivia games. Charades! can also be used as an icebreaker. It is easy to use and requires minimal setup, making it suitable for various educational settings.

Cost: Free, in-app purchases

Website: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fatchicken007.headsupcharades2



Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - classmates


  • Vocabulary


  • Website/other users supply


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

Straightforward, easy to use

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?

Medium. Charades! personal and mobile device data. This information may be shared with third parties for marketing and business purposes, among others. Moreover, Charades!’ privacy policy states that it does not apply to third-party online/mobile stores and warns users about the data collected by those third parties. It also mentions that security measures are in place, but it also acknowledges that no security measures are perfect. While it mentions compliance with California's "Shine The Light" law, it does not provide details about compliance with GDPR. See more here.

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

Not applicable

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)

High, players choose which themed deck they want to guess





Technical requirements

Installation required?

Yes, downloading of the app

Compatibility/ Operating System

Android, iOS

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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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