For Teachers

For Parents

EAL Apps

English language learners are members of a highly diverse group of students. While some enter school needing to learn enough English to survive, others arrive needing advanced English skills to help them thrive among their native speaking peers. As these learners progress from survive to thrive, they require a variety of quality learning resources geared to help them improve their English listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Although there are many apps developed for this category, few are winners. The losers include apps that model incorrect English, apps that are filled with distracting advertisements, apps that crash or hang, and apps that constantly want you to spend a few more of your hard earned dollars. The apps chosen and listed here are appropriate for some, but may be too advanced or too easy for other learners.

    The application News-O-Matic EDU can only be best described as an interactive Daily Newspaper for children. This application is a combination of interactive technology and games along with exciting news articles and creativity. The content within this software is engaging, plentiful and child safe. The application is free from in-app adverts and in app purchases and the content supports various languages. This application is a subscription based service, however, users can try the application before committing to a subscription.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Mooveez harnesses the entertainment of movies, television programmes, documentaries and custom-produced content to motivate and engage learners of English as an additional language. Each video is turned into a learning aid with a comprehensive translation and explanation of its written script.  

    Devices: Android , iPad

    For those who are learning English as an additional language, Improve English: Word Games will provide a steady progression of understanding.  It teaches new vocabulary and offers plenty of ways in which to practise.

    Devices: Android

    The Learn English application is designed to help students whose first language is not English. The app works by simply translating basic vocabulary and phrases to a chosen language. The application covers – Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Somali, Tamil, Turkish and Urdu.   The application covers 13 different everyday vocabulary topics with audio and narration. The app is free from in-app purchases and adverts, although the School/Nursery edition of this app requires a subscription, which includes the Big Clever Learning platform.

    Devices: iPad

    A fun app to spark creative imaginations to create poems and stories.The goal of the Word Creativity Kit is to encourage children to play around with words and language as they learn to become the writers of tomorrow!  We like how students can get a jumpstart on the creativity process by using a selection of randomly generated words.  There are 7 word categories to choose from, and more than 4500 words total.  We like how the app features a unique interplay between the written word (text) and visual design (adding backgrounds and stickers, etc.), however we did find some of the menu systems a little unresponsive. Students can then combine as many word categories as they like, as well as add their own words.  Students will decorate their creation with multiple backgrounds as well as stickers, making their very own creativity book which can then be shared. 

    Devices: iPad

    SentenceBuilder for iPad helps kids learn to form sentences and gain a better understanding of grammar. 

    Devices: iPad

    Spell Better will help English language learners focus on expressing their thoughts in written English. The app offers word predictions based on the words students have typed and offers spelling suggestions for misspelled words. For additional assistance, students may use the built-in dictionary and speak tool to help them select appropriate words for their writing. Although this app was not developed specifically for English language learners, it is the perfect tool to help them develop their English writing skills. The specific features we love include: context based word predictions, spell check, a speak feature to pronounce words and phrases, a built-in dictionary, and the ability to email or copy the created text.  

    Devices: iPad

    Starfall ABCs is a solid early-learning app with a thorough approach to presenting the alphabet to preschoolers. Kids hear the sounds of each letter repeated often and can both hear and see how each letter is used in words. Each word has some cute animations they can trigger, followed by interactive games such as puzzles and mazes, as well as chances to see words used in sentences.

    Devices: iPad

    Sounds: The Pronunciation App is the most comprehensive English pronunciation tool, for both students and teachers. The app is created by Macmillan Education, one of the leading publishers for English learning materials, and will allow users to study, practise and play with pronunciation wherever they are. ‘Based on the best-selling book ‘Sound Foundations’ by pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill, the app features a fully-interactive Phonemic Chart for both British and American English’. The app is flawless and we awarded it with the top EAS Certification of 5 stars.

    Devices: Android

    Improve your grammar skills with LearnEnglish Grammar, the #1 educational mobile app. LearnEnglish Grammar is the best way to improve your English grammar at home, on the move, anywhere!

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Duolingo is one of the best English language apps today and highly recommended for English beginners. The gamified learning system of the app helps you learn English quickly by spending twenty minutes a day. Duolingo structures your lessons that teaches you about seven new words based on a topic and skill points being awarded for completing the lessons. 

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Sentence Reading Magic is a simple, clear, and visually appealing app designed to help those reading and writing at the word level and would to like to build sentence fluency. The app offers two modes on the home screen: sentence building and sentence reading. Users can also choose in each mode to work with 2 or 3 words per sentence.    Sentence Reading Magic was just right for his kindergarten instructional reading level, and the graphics were clear without seeming juvenile. The student will use this app to work towards his goal of fluency as it builds his confidence and helps him see sentences and words as whole units.  

    Devices: iPad

    Memrise uses some creative and easy way to remember words for learning English. The focus of this app is to help the users expand their vocabulary by learning English words in an effective way. Memrise also offers an offline mode to continue learning without internet connection.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    SpellingCity is a word game app designed to help kids learn spelling and improve vocabulary and grammar skills. It's got 10 free sample lists for students that include math and science words, compound words, sound-alike words, analogies, prefix/suffix words, and SAT prep words.

    Devices: Android