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

Rhinospike

A tool to have native speakers of the target language read a text aloud for you. You submit a text file that you want native speakers to read, and receive back an audio file. Free with registration.

Evaluation: Rhinospike is a useful tool for autonomous development of pronunciation and listening skills.
 
Cost: Free with registration

Website: http://rhinospike.com/

Categories

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

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: Medium (one has to wait for a recording by a native speaker, otherwise quite easy and quick)
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Multilinguality: Native recordings currently available in 71 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
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?) High

Interactivity

Engagement: High (the idea is very engaging, receiving an actual native speaker input from across the world!)
Communication: N/A (Not the main purpose of the tool, but users may communicate in the course of exchanging files)

Technical requirements

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