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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

Learning English by Cambridge

Principal function(s): Autonomous learningGame apps

This is Cambridge’s platform to support the learning of English. The platform offers a range of materials, including courses, exercises, quizzes, videos, and articles, designed to improve all language competencies. It includes several sections such as “Activities for Learners”, with up to 176 activities in different levels to learn English that can be filtered according to different parameters, “Exam Preparation” materials, and “Free Resources”, which includes the “Games and Social Media” tab with applications that support language learning, "Learning English by Cambridge" was developed by Cambridge University Press. Users do not need to sign up for an account, but having one allows access to certain features, such as tracking their progress, and receiving personalised recommendations. Evaluation: Learning English by Cambridge is a useful and enriching array of activities, tools and sources of information for teaching and learning English. These can be used as complementary activities for the classroom or a method to support autonomous learning and exam preparation. Many tools are already quite popular, such as “Write and Improve”, but many others also have much to offer. All in all, it is a valuable compilation of resources by a renowned institution. Basic IT skills are required for navigation.

Cost: Free

Website: https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/learning-english/activities-for-learners/

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work

Skills

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar

Content

  • Website/other users supply

Usability

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

Modern, easy-to-navigate.

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

Available in 30+ languages.

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

High. Learning English by Cambridge collects extensive cookies but are only used for improving the service. It also sends marketing information, although only under consent. User data is shared with third parties, but only for the platform’s functioning. The privacy policy mentions security measures and users’ rights to correct, delete, limit or stop using their personal information. LearningEnglish by Cambridge does not explicitly declare compliance with the GDPR but mentions EU Data Protection Authorities. See more here.

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

Mainly not, it depends on the activity.

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)

Low. Users can choose from a wide array of activities, but these are not tailorable.

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

No.

Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Linux, 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)

Skills
Listening
Speaking
Reading
Writing
Vocabulary
Grammar
Pronunciation
Intercultural

Content
You supply
Website/other users supply

 


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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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