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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

Language Drops

Principal function(s): Autonomous learningGame apps

Language Drops is a gamified language-learning app that helps users learn vocabulary in different languages. Users can select a language they want to learn from the available options. Language Drops presents users with visual flashcards featuring words and phrases in their chosen language, along with accompanying images and audio pronunciations. Users can then practice their target language through interactive activities, such as matching games, word associations, and spelling exercises. Drops uses repetition and other techniques to enhance vocabulary and retention, being somewhat similar to Duolingo. It can be used to learn many languages, among them Igbo, Tagalog, Swahili, and Hawaiian as well as Arabic, German, Spanish or Ukrainian, for example. It can be used in its browser version and as an app. Language Drops is owned by Kahoot! It offers both free and premium subscription plans. To use Language Drops, users are required to sign up for an account. Evaluation: Language Drops is a valuable tool that helps users start learning or improve their vocabulary knowledge. Its interface is modern, intuitive and pleasant to use, and its gamified learning mechanism is designed to stimulate users’ motivation to memorise words. The platform focuses on vocabulary and short phrases and is thus valuable as a complement to materials or courses that focus on other aspects of language learning. It is somewhat similar to other language-learning gamified apps such as Duolingo. Push notifications can be turned off. A disadvantage is that the free version is rather limited. Basic IT skills required.

Cost: Free without registration + premium options available

Website: https://languagedrops.com/

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work

Skills

  • Vocabulary

Content

  • Website/other users supply

Usability

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

Modern, intuitive

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

Over 30 languages and dialects.

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

Medium. Language Drops collects personal data and extensive cookies for different purposes, among which the marketing of its services. However, it does this data with third parties only for functional reasons. Language Drops employs reasonable technical and organizational measures to guarantee data security. It also mentions user rights such as the right to access, rectify or erase user data. Also, it states specific policy measures for children. Language Drops’ privacy policy does not explicitly mention compliance with the GDPR. See more here.

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

Yes

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)

Limited. The app allows users to select a target language, an approximate level of fluency, and thematic areas for learning vocabulary, but the target words provided are not tailorable

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

The app requires installation. No installation required for the browser version. Both require creating an account.

Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

Other technical requirements


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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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