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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

PONS

Principal function(s): Autonomous learningTranslation toolsVerb conjugators

PONS is a multilingual dictionary and language learning platform that provides translations, vocabulary training, and grammar explanations. Users can access dictionaries for various pairs, study vocabulary with flashcards, and practice grammar exercises. PONS translation is currently available in 27 and can be used in its browser version or as a device app. It offers both free and premium versions. Signing up for an account is not required to use PONS, but doing so provides additional functionalities. Evaluation: PONS is a valuable tool for translating, learning vocabulary, and practicing grammar. It provides translation in context and its materials are rigorous and pedagogical. With an account, it allows saving words as favourites and building a language library, which can be useful to prepare for language exams and others. Basic IT skills required.

Cost: Free without registration + premium options available

Website: https://en.pons.com/translate

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work

Skills

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar

Content

  • Website/other users supply

Usability

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

Straightforward

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

14 languages

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

Medium. PONS collects some user information, such as name or email address. It anonymously analyses such information for statistical purposes and to improve its websites, services and apps. In its free version, PONS also stores and uses cookies, device IDs and similar tracking technologies, and processes it pseudonymised into usage profiles in order to display usage-based advertising. Pons’ privacy policy mentions technical and organisational security precautions such as encryption. It also acknowledges users’ rights to access, modify and delete data. Pons complies with the GDPR. See more here.

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

Yes, but it requires setting up 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)

Yes, PONS can be used for different purposes in different languages.

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

No. Creating an account provides access to more features.

Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

Other technical requirements


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Type Of Interaction
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Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)

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Vocabulary
Grammar
Pronunciation
Intercultural

Content
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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