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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).
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
Type Of Interaction
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
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
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.
Yes, as an app.
Compatibility/ Operating System
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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