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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

Essay Topics Generator

Principal function(s): Autonomous learning

A free website-based tool designed for students and teachers to generate interesting essay topics. It displays up to 25 topics according to “Topic Keywords”, “Topic Types” and “Subject Areas”. Evaluation: A helpful and handy tool to help teachers think of new essay topics. Users can just type in keywords, a topic, and a subject area and the software will provide more than 20 possible topics. It can also be helpful for students preparing for English language exams, as it provides interesting topics they may end up having to address.

Cost: A free website-based tool designed for students and teachers to generate interesting essay topics. It displays up to 25 topics according to “Topic Keywords”, “Topic Types” and “Subject Areas”.

Website: https://essaytopicgenerator.com/



Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work


  • Writing


  • Website/other users supply


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

Straightforward, slightly old-fashioned.

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


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

High(?). Users do not need to sign up or introduce personal data. The website does not ask for consent regarding a cookie policy, so it is difficult to assess if these are being collected. There is no privacy section on the website.

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


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)

Users can choose keywords, topic types and subject areas.





Technical requirements

Installation required?


Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Linux, MAC, iOS, Android.

Other technical requirements

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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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