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Principal function(s): Autonomous learning
An online video streaming site. Users can upload their own videos or view existing video material. Registration is not required, but registered users have more options (commenting, adding videos to favourites, following channels, etc.)
Evaluation: Perhaps the most widely used online tool by language teachers as a source of authentic material. Please consider you are unlikely to find certain types of authentic material (e.g. people are unlikely to upload videos of unscripted conversations). YouTube can also be a collaborative tool where students create their own video projects, upload them on a class account on YouTube, and comment on each other’s videos. Uploaded videos can be made visible only to those with a link to them. Minimal IT skills required to find videos; average to advanced to upload.
Cost: Free without registration + paid features
Pronouncing a poem
Youtube based task
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Simple and straightforward
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
Material available in numerous languages
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
Medium. Youtube is owned by Google, and so the latter’s policies apply. Google is well known for using user data for behavioural advertising and marketing purposes, but it does offer a high degree of security for data. Youtube collects viewer data to customize their services, including providing recommendations, personalising search results, and behaviourally tailored ads. Youtube has had multiple copyright issues in the past, as well as occasionally breaching children’s privacy laws. Youtube does not explicitly state compliance with the GDPR. See more here.
Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction
No (you can add it to favourites)
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 (material is ready-made)
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows phone
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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