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 'Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning' (ICT-REV) project of the European Centre for Modern Languages project! The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with sound pedagogical criteria in mind. Read more

Forvo

A word pronunciation site with translations provided for pronounced words. Users can request native speakers for the pronunciation of single words or phrases. Native speakers of a language from around the world co-construct and build up the content by recording their voice to pronounce words.

Evaluation: Students can autonomously check and learn pronunciation of words. Teachers can provide the site as a reference resource for pronunciation. Keep in mind that the pronunciation is not necessarily standard. However, users who provide the pronunciation most of the time also indicate whether it belongs to a specific dialect and sometimes also the speech community they themselves belong to. Basic IT skills required for its use.
 
Cost: Free with registration

Website: http://www.forvo.com/

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • Audio record/edit/share
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - outsiders
  • One to many (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)
Content
  • You supply
  • Website/other users supply
Language skills
  • Listening
  • Pronunciation

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple and intuitive use
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: High (But it may take some time for your contributions (pronunciations) to be approved by the site.)
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Multilinguality: Pronunciation for more than 300 languages available. Website available in 40+ languages.
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Strong
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: Yes (pronunciation dowloadable)
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) Tailorability (If so, how?) Low

Interactivity

Engagement: Medium (it is engaging to hear other users’ actual voices pronouncing words).

Technical requirements

Installation required? No
Compatability/Operating System: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
Other tech requirements: Microphone, speakers
 
 
 

Example(s) of how teachers/students use this tool

Pronouncing a poem