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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): Autonomous learning

A site that displays words and their pronunciation, along with translations. Users can ask 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 how they pronounce words. Evaluation: An excellent tool for knowing what is the correct way of pronouncing words Students can autonomously check and learn the pronunciation of words. Besides, teachers can provide the site as a reference resource for pronunciation. Bear 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 even the speech community they belong to. Basic IT skills are required for its use.

Cost: Free with registration

Website: https://forvo.com/


Best practice

Pronouncing a poem


Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - outsiders
  • Individual work
  • Individual work


  • Pronunciation


  • Website/other users supply
  • You supply


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

Straightforward, intuitive

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

High. It may take some time for a contribution (pronunciation) to be approved by the site, but as a learner, it is a great and quick way to know how a word is pronounced.

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

Pronunciation for more than 300 languages available. Website available in 40+ languages.

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

High. Forvo mentions that personal data will be processed in accordance with the principles of data minimization. It does not sell data to third parties and shares it only for reasonable purposes. Forvo’s privacy policy mentions the use of measures to ensure the security, secrecy, and confidentiality of data. Users are also informed about their rights to access, rectify, erase, restrict processing, object, and data portability. Forvo’s policy states that data processing is conducted in compliance with applicable legislation, including Regulation (EU) 2016/677, but it does not explicitly mention the GDPR. See more here.

Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction

Yes. A profile can be set up and words bookmarked.

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)

Medium. Any word can be searched.





Technical requirements

Installation required?


Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

Other technical requirements

Microphone, speakers

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Principal Functions
Type Of Interaction
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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