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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.

    Otsimo is an educational game application developed for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or learning difficulties.

    Devices: Android,iOS


    Otsimo Speech Therapy is a voice-controlled and video modelling-based language and speech therapy app.

    Devices: Android,iOS


    This is an app that helps to young children who are just starting their journey into learning the English language. The apps aim is to aid children in knowing the letters of the alphabet, being able to form the letters correctly and to gain confidence in their first steps into the English language. The app executes all of this perfectly and is aided by the excellent graphics and sounds that add to the overall functionality of the app and therefore aid learning rather than detracting from it.

    Devices: Android,iOS


    This is a fantastic language app aimed at helping young people improve their language abilities. Through focussing on the building of sentences and employing aspects of gamification, the app encourages users to challenge themselves in a game environment to match words together to form a sentence. The way the game works is to give the user a number of words and for them to then unscramble and form into a full sentence within a time limit with the added challenge of losing time when an incorrect answer is chosen. One of the most appealing aspects of the app is the fact that it can used by a number of different people with different abilities in the English language. For instance, it works really well as an app for younger children who already have a certain level of proficiency in reading and writing to improve their understanding, but older users can also access the app on a different level especially if they have English as an additional language and are wanting to improve their proficiency too. It could also be used for more top level students too who again want to continue to enrich their own abilities. With a whole section of the app dedicated to Proverbs and Sayings, it could even be used by an adult wanting to give themselves a bit of a challenge!

    Devices: Android,iOS


    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,iOS


    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,iOS


    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: iOS


    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


    Duolingo is the world's most popular language learning app and is completely free. This free language app is available to use on the main devices you own, from your desktop, tablet, and smartphone. The majority of users on Duolingo are beginners who are just getting started in learning a new language. Most users are language hobbyists that enjoy the gamification of the app, and are passively learning. This app is available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and Google Play for Android. Duolingo is designed for English speakers to learn more than 30 languages, including German, Spanish, English, Italian, French, Chinese and more. People learn languages by practicing listening, reading, writing, speaking and conversation with Chatbots.

    Devices: Android,iOS


    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: iOS


    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: iOS


    Memrise is one of the most useful language learning app that use its community of users to teach and improve language learning for everyone involved. Using Memrise app, you can begin learning languages such as English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Norwegian, Danish, Japanese, Korean, Icelandic, Slovenian, Arabic, Turkish, German, Swedish, Polish, Italian, Chinese, Russian, and Mongolian.

    Devices: Android,iOS


    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,iOS


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

    Devices: iOS


    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: iOS


    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: iOS


    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,iOS