Mauril is an English and French-learning website and app focused on listening and comprehension skills using audio and video content from CBC and Radio-Canada. Learners are exposed to a wide range of topics through clips or full versions of TV and radio shows, digital series and podcasts. Content is accompanied by comprehension-assessment questions to help users acquire a diverse vocabulary, with regional flavours from across the country.
Current known uses in the sector
- The app can be used to complement your courses and can serve as a tool to immerse your students in whichever language they are learning. The Teachers page provides helpful information on how to make the most of the app.
- Mauril would mainly be used as a complement to Language Training. However, it could easily be used in other service contexts as a complement to those programs, in particular Community Connections. However, it could not be used as a Pre-Arrival tool: “Mauril was designed specifically to help people in Canada learn English and French. It is not available to users outside of Canada… If you are connecting to the app outside of Canada, the content will not be accessible.”
Ease of use & Accessibility
According to their site “Mauril was designed by a team of language learning experts, in collaboration with the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB)… Mauril levels are inspired by the CLB system and cover levels 1-8, or the equivalent of CEFR levels A1-B2. A placement test allows students to start at the appropriate level for their needs.”
Mauril can be used with a screen reader.
Available both via the web and smartphone apps for mobile devices.
Privacy/security features, including data security and message encryption
The interface is in English or French.