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Principal function(s): Autonomous learning
LearnEnglish is the British Council’s platform for supporting adult learners in learning English. It provides links to many online courses (live, self-study, personal tutoring) and to online level tests alongside a variety of resources organised under headings such as Skills, Grammar, Vocabulary, General English and Business English.
Evaluation: LearnEnglish is a valuable platform for learners to improve and extend their knowledge of English. It has a simple interface which makes it easy to search and find appropriate content. It offers information on online courses, grammar reference and tests, vocabulary exercises, games, podcasts, videos and more and all content is tailored to CEFR levels. Overall, it is an excellent resource for learners of English, although users should be aware that there is an emphasis on courses specifically offered by the British Council. There is no tutorial on YouTube for this tool.
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
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
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
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)
Content is adapted to CEFR levels.
No installation is required. Creating an account is optional.
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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