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

last.fm

Online streaming and radio site for songs in multiple languages. The site itself is available in 12 languages. Registration required.

Evaluation: A good site for language learners to expose themselves to authentic audio material in their target language. No special IT skills required, just a good tutorial to get your head round all the functions available (managing your favourites, creating groups etc.)
 
Cost: Free with registration + Paid premium features

Website: http://www.last.fm/?setlang=en

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • Audio record/edit/share
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Group/pair work - outsiders
  • Individual work
Content
  • Website/other users supply
Language skills
  • Listening

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple, user-friendly
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: High
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Multilinguality: English + 11 other languages, Chinese and Japanese included
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: Installing an extension called Scrobbler, one can get a library containing all the songs one have listened to - Scrobbler saves the data automatically
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

Technical requirements

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