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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 Challenges

Principal function(s): Game apps

The Language Challenges app is an interactive language learning tool designed to motivate and challenge learners to learn about languages beyond a classroom. The app features a variety of quizzes and challenges that aim to develop and test learners’ knowledge of European languages, allowing users to unlock progressive levels of difficulty. Examples of these tasks are identifying countries and their languages from images and texts, or guessing languages after hearing a recording. Language Challenges is particularly well-suited for children and teenagers and could be used by teachers to foster learning about Europe’s linguistic richness. Users can compete with friends, compare scores, and share achievements on social media. The app was developed by the ECML team and is free and available for download on both iOS and Android platforms. It does not require users to sign up, have an account or access the internet once it has been downloaded. There is also a printable option of this material for those who do not want to download it onto a device. Evaluation: The Language Challenges app is a fun and engaging tool to learn about Europe’s linguistic richness and heritage. It is not a language-learning app but rather helps users learn to identify languages from pictures, texts, and recordings and thereby foster their intercultural skills. It is particularly suitable to be used as part of the European Day of Languages (26th September).

Cost: Free

Website: https://edl.ecml.at/Activities/Languagechallenge/tabid/3207/Default.aspx https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=at.ecml.edl.challenges&hl=en_US

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work

Skills

  • Intercultural

Content

  • Website/other users supply

Usability

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

Intuitive, simple, user-friendly

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

Medium

Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to

Dozens of official languages of ECML member states

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

Medium/High. It requires setting up a very basic profile with name, age and location. Unfortunately, there is no privacy section in the app, but since it is supported by Google Apps, the usual policies apply. This means that Google apps collect personal data, which may later be shared with third parties. See more here. The European Centre for Modern Languages does not monetise or sell user data and uses Google services only as a support platform.

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)

Low. Tasks are predetermined.

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

Yes, as an app.

Compatibility/ Operating System

Android, iOS.

Other technical requirements


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Principal Functions
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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