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'Latvian Verbs' App for iOS (iPhones) / Google Play (Android devices)

Date of Publication

2021

Target Group

Students

Domain Area

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning

Target Language

Latvian

Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level

A1
A2

Type of Material

Reference resources (online Dictionaries/ grammar guides/phrasebooks)

Linguistic Features

Grammar

Skills

Writing

Description

This is an app for phones, perfect for students of all levels who are not sure what the correct verb form is. The app may be used in all types of classrooms or when completing individual grammatical tasks.
Latvian Verbs is a comprehensive reference to verb conjugations of the Latvian language.

Some of the features of Latvian Verbs include:
• Ability to determine between the first, second and third conjugations
• Indicative, imperative, conditional, relative and debitive moods
• Active, reflexive and passive voices
• Simple and compound tenses
• Singular and plural persons
• Impersonal verbs, eg. snigt, līst, tumst...
• Recognition of third person verbs eg. vajadzēt, šķist...
• Irregular verbs (būt, dot, iet)
• Homonyms, eg. aust, dzīt, irt...
• User configurable in syntax, passive voice, verb classifications and interface language (English, Latvia)
• Optimised versions for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
• No Internet connection required

Case study

This is a phone app and is very helpful for language learners of all levels.
The most convenient usage of the app for the learner can be its initial application in the presence of a teacher: in case, some grammar terms cause understanding problems there is a teacher who explains to them unclear cases.
The programme can be used for different purposes, e.g. some activities can be given for homework. Let us say, indicate 2-3 verbs that students are expected to find in the programme, select their key forms and compare their conjugation systems. This task can be done with the verbs of the 1st conjugation, which are complicated and have a variety of subtypes: e.g. likt, tikt ir pirkt, vilkt. This programme could also be useful for the identification of the verbs ending in -ēt and belonging either to the 2nd or 3rd conjugations.

Guidelines

Latvian verbs of the 1st conjugation are generally problematic for language learners so it is very useful to have these verbs readily available in a handy app.
The greatest advantage of the app is that it works without an internet connection, it is enough to have the programme on your phone. The program provides translations of the verbs (into English or Russian, optional) the user can also choose the interface (either English or Latvian).

Review

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

5

Added value
The provided tangible improvements

5

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

1

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

1

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

1

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

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