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'Lociņš' App for iOS (iPhone/iPad) / Google Play (Android devices)

Date of Publication

First released in 2014, updated 2021

Target Group

Students

Domain Area

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning

Target Language

Latvian

Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level

A1

Type of Material

Reference resources (online Dictionaries/ grammar guides/phrasebooks)

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary
Grammar

Skills

Speaking
Writing

Description

This is an app for phones, perfect for A1 level students who want to practice more on their own. . It also can be used as a supplementary teaching aid for students to revise the studied material or do some homework tasks.

Case study

The app is intended for use on one’s phone. It is very convenient for learners of A1 language level. It can be used for both self-study and tutoring for additional language practice.
After having downloaded the program, it can be used for learning a language everywhere, e.g. on the way to one’s language classes. The learner quite often gets exposed to the same questions: they help them to acquire the material in a better way. The program is very useful to those whose native languages lack grammatical cases or infections: such students need much practice in order to master the new categories. However, the app is meant more for self-study rather than for activities in the classroom, as it is not easy to use the program in the process of a lesson. Students can capture the screenshots of problematic linguistic cases and discuss them with a teacher in class.

Guidelines

There are not many Latvian language apps for self-study, so it is really useful to have this app.
This app is available for learners who use Apple iOS devices (iPhone or iPad) and Android devices too.

Review

Category
Rate
Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students

4

Added value
The provided tangible improvements

5

Motivation enhancement
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills

3

Innovation
Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning

3

Transferability
Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries

4

Skills assessment and validation
Availability of appropriate tools for lecturers to monitor students’ progress and for students to assess own progress and to reflect on learning

4

Adaptability
Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need

2

Usability
Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

5

Accessibility
Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

5

Comments:
The app is intended for use on one’s iPhone or iPad. It is also available from the Google Play store for Android users. It is very convenient for learners of A1 language level. It can be used for both self-study and tutoring for additional language practice.
Using the Lociņš app, anyone can practice using Latvian verbs. There are various tasks: choose the appropriate verb form (Choose! Or Insert!), Connect parts of a sentence (Connect!), Compose a sentence from the given word forms (Assemble!), etc.
More than 180 Latvian verbs were used in the exercises. They are grouped thematically, such as 'Me', 'Family', 'others'. Students are introduced to verbs in the active and passive voices, and simple expressions constructed the present, past and future.
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