In this modern Era, where technology is on boom learning a language is one of the easiest things one can do. There are a lot of ways you can learn or improve your skills in different languages, from attending classes to self-learning. In today’s world where the use of smartphones is very common which made our life so easy and efficient. Almost everything we need is available at our fingertips and available on demand anywhere and anytime.
This world is full of apps there are apps for everything you can imagine from productivity apps to apps to help you manage your finances, from cooking app to fitness app. And, of course, there are language-learning apps also that make any classroom an interesting place for both students and teachers. These apps are not only useful for teachers when writing curriculum, but they’re also an excellent use for students during classroom activities or unstructured classroom time.
Here are some great apps that fit any age group:
This app is unique which takes real-world videos like commercials videos, news videos, music videos, and inspiring talks and turns them into English learning practices. Its functionality which makes it different from other app is that it uses the natural approach that helps us ease into the English language and culture with the increasing time.
FluentU work as a huge collection of authentic English videos that people in the English-speaking world watch on the regular. It’s content known internationally for its quality and entertainment value. On FluentU, all the videos are sorted by skill level and come with built-in language lessons.
Videos on FluentU are also carefully designed for students. Words come with example sentences and definitions. Students will be able to add them to their own vocabulary lists, and even see how the words are used in other videos. It will help in-class activities, group projects, and solo homework assignments.
FluentU is recommended for those teachers who have a lot of audio-visual learners or want to teach English with fun content.
Memrise is a free language learning app which offers a large variety of courses for a lot of different languages that are user-generated i.e. by teachers who are experts in teaching the varieties of languages. This app is visually well designed and students can select whichever language they are comfortable interacting in (French, Spanish, German, English etc.) and enroll for the courses that they want to learn.
Memrise a crowd-sourced learning platform which provides many different methods to learn and remember new words, the best of them being the Elaborative Encoding technique. You can even submit your own methods to keep the content fresh and share your ideas with other learners.
You can also review each lesson multiple times after completing through a feature called spaced repetition testing. As a reward for the motivated learner, points are awarded for learning new words and completing every level.
For independent language instruction, many people over the world use this app for ESL teaching. Duolingo contains lessons that integrate conversation, vocabulary, speaking and listening skills. In each section at the end, the user is tested on their skills, and then the results are published what parts the user is best in and where they could do more practice.
If you’ll make a mistake, the app will immediately use a different game to help you learn and correct yourself. If you’ll still make a mistake, it will again use a different game to further help you understand it more deeply.
Duolingo is ad-supported and has a premium version to remove ads and enable you to download courses for offline use as well. Overall, you can fully learn a language for free if you don’t mind ads and staying online.
A fun and exciting app which allows the user to learn a different language easily without much effort. The app designed as its support from 60 million native speakers who learn, teach, and practice with the app.
Firstly, you have to start from a custom difficulty level and the courses will be provided accordingly as we move forward. Levels include beginner to advanced, it has latest additionally works as a social media platform where people with different languages can chat and share their experience.
The app works on iOS and Android and is available on App Store and Google Play.
Have you heard about CEFR? CEFR stands for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages which is a way to measure how good you are in a language. It ranks from A1 (Beginner) to C2 (Native). It is an open language source which contains a various section for learning English.
Open Language is absolutely well organized. It offers courses like Business English, English used in giving presentations, English in daily life and Interview Skills in English etc. At each level, you will find various courses for different users as per their interest.
It provides comprehensive lesson which contains many learning exercises to help you strengthen different areas of that lesson vocabulary by doing the practice.
The vocabulary in the dialogue, extra words for that dialogue, grammar explanations, exercises to help review what you’ve learned, and an interactive task at the end of the lesson makes your practice smooth and helps you gain more interest.
A fantastic round-table vocabulary game that helps the students to mesmerize. When you download the app, there is only one game available. It will be played between the four people. It is a game of color which is the most attractive for the students which gain their interest and the plus point for the teacher that the student will not get bored by that. Each player has to choose the color.
Pictures will flash in the middle and the students need to pick out the word that matches the picture. These will generally be common words used in the general English language—think “First Word” flashcards without the cards. Each round is of only one minute, At the end of each round winner gets one point. The first to three points is the actual winner.
It a very quick game but have a powerful effect for memorizing and have the capability to maintain the interest of the students till the end.
This is one of the great individual assessment that ESL teachers can use to determine which parts of speech their students understand, and which parts of speech they need to review. This app strongly focuses on the points.
Different sections of the app are devoted to different parts of speech, like adjectives, adverbs, causative verbs, conditionals and many more. Each section has its own technical definition of the part of speech followed by a test for students to take in order to “Grammar Up” and reach the next level.
With over 1800 grammar questions across 20 categories, Grammar Up helps students learn by choosing a specific topic.
This app helps kids retain the information they’ve learned in a fun way, and also works well as an incentive for young English learners to get their work done. It is currently rated as the best English learning app for kids aged 3 – 10 years. This app has features like games and songs about colors and animals for free. Other topics like food, the body and the home cost extra, but you’ll also get a “game of the day” for each category. It contains the multiplayer feature as well.
In this app, there are over ten different English learning games that help young English learners with everything from pronunciation to spelling to vocabulary and teaches other important skills like developing concentration and hand-eye coordination. It’s again a fun way to get your children engaged and comfortable with technology at an early age.