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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

Speak & Improve

Principal function(s): Autonomous learning

Speak & Improve is a tool which helps English language learners improve their speaking and pronunciation skills by answering questions asked by an AI-generated robot. It is being developed by the University of Cambridge and is currently a research project. Evaluation: Speak & Improve is a useful tool to encourage students to practise their spoken English and to help increase their confidence in speaking. A suggestion for use would be to ask students to submit an audio recording of their chats with Speak & Improve, and then to work on their speaking and pronunciation after hearing themselves speak. Speak & Improve also provides an orientative grade of the students’ CEFR speaking level by analysing their responses, although this is not always accurate.

Cost: Free

Website: https://speakandimprove.com/



Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work


  • Speaking
  • Pronunciation


  • Website/other users supply


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

Easy-to-use, simple

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

Medium. The software needs some time to process the responses.

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?

High. It asks for no personal data. However, it collects recordings of users’ submissions to improve the software. This is crucial for its development as a research project. See more here.

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


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 answer questions in different ways, but the questions are provided by the software.





Technical requirements

Installation required?

No installation nor user account is required. Accessed through a browser. A microphone is required.

Compatibility/ Operating System

All operating systems

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Group/pair work - classmates
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Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)


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