Using apps to learn English

Posted: 2013 年 10 月 27 日 in Technology
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This is an edited reblog from “9 Most Popular iOS and Android Apps to Learn English Language and “ESL Apps: 15 English Language Learning Apps for iPhone and Android written by Anastasia Koltai

1. Intro to Letters takes you through every letter in the English alphabet. Students can tap a letter they want to learn about, and the app will tell them what the letter means, examples of how it is used and what it sounds like in different words. Then you can do exercises, flashcards and puzzles with each letter. To help students write the letters, the app offers a tracing program for practice.

2. Hello-Hello English was built in part by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. It uses a teaching method called Mobile Immersion to create a virtual environment that guides learners visually to develop functional language skills. It comes with 30 conversational lessons based on real-life situations. Animated lessons, games and exercises allow students to practice speaking, writing, reading and listening skills.

3. SpeakingPal English Tutor is an interactive app that uses a mobile phone’s speech recognition capability. It features a series of 5-minute mini-lessons, dialogues, interactive exercises, role-playing and language activities. Using the speech recognition technology, this app provides instant feedback on the students speaking performance and a review mode for later. It is available on iPhone and Android for free.

4. Conversation English features 20 lessons, each with video dialogue, conversation listening and reading, comprehension, vocabulary and sentence completion. The app follows an ongoing storyline about a group of friends and their relationships. By following the story, students learn English idioms, expressions and vocabulary. This is a great app for students who wish to practice more conversational English. Its available for download on iTunes.

5. Supiki English Conversation Speaking Practice app is an iOS app to improve your conversational skills.

6. Busuu is an app featuring comprehensive vocabulary, dialogue and interactive tests, students will learn more than 3,000 words and expressions. It covers 150 topics using day-to-day situations. This app is suitable for both beginning and advanced students. It is available for download on iPhone (including iOS 4, optimized for retina display), iPad, iPod touch and Android. It comes with 20 free learning units, with full content available for purchase.

7. ESL Daily English features a podcast for ESL students for beginning to advanced English learners.  Each podcast episode can be translated to native language and comes with a detailed learning guide. You can socialize and comment with other students to discuss the episodes. Available for Android only!

8. Sentence Builder, an iPad application, is  one of the most popular ESL apps for younger students, according to It provides vivid images and videos, then shows various words and phrases you can piece together to form the right English sentence to go with the image.

9. Voxy is suited for both the beginner and advanced learner. It creates personalized lessons which adapt based on the student’s level, interests and goals. It features skill-based lessons based on specific goals. Students can take private lessons with a certified, native English-speaking tutor to improve their speaking skills. Tutors provide detailed feedback on student performance. Tests focus on the words and phrases students are exposed to throughout the course and if they pass, they get an award. It can be downloaded for free on iPhone and Android.

10.  LearnEnglish Audio and Video features English learning podcats and videos, which is a good way to get English immersion.

11. LearnEnglish Grammar helps users improve their grammar skills.

12.  MyWordBook 2 is described as an “interactive vocabulary network” from which users can download word lists.

13.  Wordshake is a game that resembles Boggle; it gives users a grid of letters and a time limit in which to find as many words as possible.

14.  Their vocabulary apps include free and paid apps about phrasal verbs and a series called English Vocabulary in Use for elementary, intermediate, and advanced learners.

15. Cambridge offers grammar in the form of English Grammar in Use, which includes Activities, Tests, and Essentials at several levels.

16. Kids English Vocabulary is an app designed for students just beginning to work in English. This app is a great introduction for beginners just starting to learn vocabulary basics.

17. English Verb Trainer offers education and practice on common English verbs. This app is particularly handy because it can run offline, so students don’t need to have a connection in order to practice. This app can help students learn how to conjugate that pesky ‘be’ verb and many others.



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