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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


Principal function(s): Audio recording

Audacity is an audio recording and editing software for recording, editing, and mixing audio tracks, applying various effects, and exporting the final product in different formats. Audacity can be used for podcasting, music production, voiceovers, or sound editing for videos. Audacity was developed by a team of volunteers and is free and open-source. It does not require signing up or having an account to use. Evaluation: Audacity is a valuable tool for numerous audio-based tasks. Since it features many functions, it lends itself to many possible pedagogical and didactic uses such as podcasting, music composition, or creating oral exercises for language learning (see the section "Example(s) of how teachers/students use the tool"). Audacity may seem slightly complex at first, but once the ‘how-to’ has been mastered, using the software becomes relatively easy.

Cost: Free without registration. Requires installation for its use.

Website: https://www.audacityteam.org/


Best practice

Photostory/Photoalbum and audio comment
Creating a novel-based ‘movie trailer’
Audacity-based task
Task based on a song in French as the target language
A digital story – travelling


Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work


  • Speaking


  • You supply


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

Simple, slightly old-fashioned.

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

Low at the beginning, high once the principles of working with Audacity are mastered.

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

English + 33 additional languages supported + tutorial files in several different languages

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

Very high. Audacity anonymises IP addresses and does neither store nor share user information. Data collection is restrained to the very necessary for the tool’s functioning. Audacity’s privacy policy demonstrates an understanding of data security and an emphasis on user control over data. It complies with the GDPR. See more here.

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)

High. Users can mix, edit and tailor any kind of audio to their liking with the help of Audacity's features.





Technical requirements

Installation required?


Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux

Other technical requirements

Microphone, speakers

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Group/pair work - classmates
Group/pair work - outsiders
Individual work
Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)


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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