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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): Autonomous learning

Forvo is a website and app that provides audio pronunciations of words and languages in various languages along with their translation. These audio pronunciations are submitted by native speakers worldwide. Forvo was developed by Forvo Media SL and is free to use. Users can listen to pronunciations without signing up or having an account, although registration allows for additional features like contributing pronunciations and saving favorite words. Evaluation: Forvo is a valuable and handy tool for knowing what is the correct way of pronouncing words. With its help, students can autonomously check and learn the pronunciation of words, while teachers can provide the site as a reference resource for pronunciation. Since it is crowdsourced, please consider that some pronunciations may not necessarily be standard. However, users who provide the pronunciation most of the time also indicate whether it belongs to a specific dialect or speech community, so Forvo can be a helpful tool for those seeking to get familiriased with a specific dialect or accent. Basic IT skills are required for its use.

Cost: Free with registration

Website: https://forvo.com/


Best practice

Pronouncing a poem


Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - outsiders
  • Individual work
  • Individual work


  • Pronunciation


  • Website/other users supply
  • You supply


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

Straightforward, intuitive

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

High. It may take some time for a contribution (pronunciation) to be approved by the site, but as a learner, it is a great and quick way to accurately know how words pronunciation.

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

Interface available in 40+ languages; pronunciation for words in more than 300 languages available.

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

Medium. Forvo does not sell data to third parties and shares it only for several purposes, among which advertising. One of this third parties is Google Ad Manager.. Forvo’s privacy policy mentions the use of measures to ensure the security, secrecy, and confidentiality of data. Users are also informed about their rights to access, rectify, erase, restrict processing, object, and data portability. Forvo’s policy states that data is stored in the EU, processed in compliance with applicable legislation, including Regulation (EU) 2016/677, but it does not explicitly mention the GDPR. See more here.

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

Yes. A profile can be set up and words bookmarked.

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)

Medium. Any word in several languages can be searched.





Technical requirements

Installation required?


Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

Other technical requirements

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Principal Functions
Type Of Interaction
Group/pair work - classmates
Group/pair work - outsiders
Individual work
Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)


You supply
Website/other users supply


Latest addition to the ICT-REV inventory

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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