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Principal function(s): Autonomous learning
LanguageTool is a grammar, style, and spell checker which helps students improve their writing, by providing corrections and modifications to a text they have written or for an inserted text or Word document. It is available in over 40 languages and dialects as a website version and can be also used as a browser or E-mail add-on extension or as an Office plugin.
Evaluation: LanguageTool is useful for helping students improve their writing by providing grammar, style and spell checking, as well as suggestions for synonyms. Learners should be encouraged to use the tool proactively by noticing the mistakes detected by the tool and paying close attention to the corrections proposed. LanguageTool has an intuitive, clear interface and is, overall, a valuable tool in its free version, particularly with an account. It does not contain a function for detecting plagiarism or for translation from one language to another.
Cost: Free + premium options available
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Intuitive, easy to navigate
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
12 languages, including English, German, Spanish, French, and Russian.
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
Medium. LanguageTool does not require setting up an account and thus does not directly gather personal information, but it collects data through browser cookies. It claims this data is not used to identify users, is employed for evaluation only, and is deleted 14 days after its collection. It shares data with third parties only if necessary for the fulfilment of contractual or legal obligations, and not for marketing purposes. LanguageTool mentions security measures. It also mentions user rights such as the right to access, rectify or erase collected data. LanguageTool states compliance with the GDPR. See more here.
Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction
Yes, with an account
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)
Users supply the content, so it is adaptable.
No installation is required for the website version. The Office plugins, as well as browser and E-mail add-on extensions, require installation.
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows, Linux, MAC, iOS, Android.
Other technical requirements
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.
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