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Open Culture

http://www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons

This resource is a rich database with books, movies, articles, magazines and newspapers on different languages, audio and video lessons, textbooks, language courses. The trainers could use them in order to present to the learners the language usage in different aspects. The available themes are various like biology, physics, astronomy, philosophy, business, chemistry, computer science, economy, history, literature, mathematics, political sciences, religion, etc. There is rich choice of videos, audio files and electronic books which could be helpful for the trainers.

Resource/Tool Description

Didactic Analysis

The tool is perfect for language trainers who offer courses on specialized themes like biology, physics, astronomy, philosophy, business, chemistry, computer science, economy, history, literature, mathematics, political sciences, religion, etc.

For example the trainer could use some of the text for exercises like listening comprehension, translation, multiple choice or reading comprehension, questions and discussions.

The videos are also good tool for class and home activity.

Pros and cons:
+ Mobile friendly
+ Various themes
+ Rich database with texts and articles

– Could not be used by beginners
– Not appropriate for self-preparation

The resource offers huge amount of various information on different topics. Only learners with good language level can benefit from the information. All the features are available on mobile devices also which is very useful for the learners and trainers.

Technical Analysis

 

Complexity of the development / implementation of the content Average design portal with resources. There is too much information in the front page and is difficult to find what you are looking for. The portal includes many different free courses for others subjects.
Comfort of use Easy
Skills and knowledge required Basic
Hardware requirements Computer, tablet, Smartphone
Software requirements No specific software requirements
Expected technological tendency/trend Average, average design low level of usability but there are links to many free courses.
Open Source No Access Online
Mobile friendly Yes Registration required No

Additional Information

Level

A1, A2

Access

Online

Language

Multiple languages

Mobile friendly

Yes

url

http://www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons

Target group

Beginners

Topic

Grammar, Listening comprehension, Reading comprehension, Speaking + phonetics, Vocabulary extension, Writing skills