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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.

    Simple Sentence Builder is an app that has been developed for children to learn how to build sentences through the art of storytelling. Moving their way through stories children must drag the parts of a sentence together to complete it and tell the story of what is happening on the page. The developer, who is based in Canada, has created an app that can also be used in French, especially useful if your child is learning a new language, is bilingual or has English as an addition language. Parents can purchase multiple stories through the app, all with the same language focus but different content. Users can also adapt the learning within the app to make it slightly harder depending on the level and ability of their child.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    StoryPlanet English is for students and teachers of English as an additional language.  Its content is suitable for students aged 8 and older who are ready for text aimed at A2/B1 (Intermediate) to C1/C2 (Superior). The app is on both iOS and Android stores as a free download containing one full story and all of the app's features unlocked.  A low-cost monthly subscription brings more stories and brand new content each weekday to the users of StoryPlanet English.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Accomplish Reading has been created to help users to improve their reading comprehension. After reading a number of sentences users are asked to agree or disagree as to whether the sentence makes sense. Clicking on the correct answer moves the user onto the next sentence however, if they get it wrong they are prompted to re-read the sentence and try again. The whole point of the app and the process of re-reading is to teach users the importance of re-reading sentences to gain an understanding and improvement on reading comprehension. The app also provides personalised feedback and progress reports for each of the users on the app.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    This app is aimed at helping young children, who are just beginning to learn about language and numbers, the opportunity to extend their understanding through creative enterprises. Users are encouraged to draw a number of different pictures throughout the app which are all linked to the learning of specific areas such as language or numeracy. These are all backed up with lots of helpful comments and directions through the app meaning that there is a lot of support even for those children who are just beginning to learn all the new aspects of communication. The developer has a few other apps in a similar vein, and these are all well used across many platforms with lots of users currently accessing their content.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    The title of this app certainly emphasises its purpose.  Expand the initialism and it is called Optical Character Recognition Text Detection Tool.  This is precisely what it does and it does it well.

    Devices: Windows


    Dyslexic students (and adults) use Omoguru to make the text more readable and decode words with ease. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Promising 10,000 word cards featuring English language words and definitions, Wonscard offers a lot of content for students to use in their practise as they progress in learning a new language. It offers modes that suit revision and a few games to make learning less of a chore.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Otsimo is an educational game application developed for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or learning difficulties. Children with autism are intended to be taught the basic knowledge through assistive games designed under the guidance of child psychologists and educators to providing them homeschool education. Otsimo provides the necessary ABA education through games designed for kids with attention deficit and speech problems. Let’s discuss a little more about this wonderful solution.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


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

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Dela Kids is an app that helps young children to strengthen their knowledge of English through fun games and exercises. The app 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, iPhone, iPad


    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, iPhone, iPad


    Sentence Master Pro is a fantastic app to learn english aimed at helping young people improve their language abilities and known to some as the best app to learn english. Through focussing on the building of sentences and employing aspects of gamification, this learn english 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. Sentence Master pro is available to download on iOS (iPad and iPhone) and Android devices. Download Sentence Master Pro for free or unlock even more content with in-app purchases starting at $2.99.  

    Devices: Android, iPhone, 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, iPhone, iPad


    Knudge.me helps you learn and improve vocabulary as well as practice Math in with the help of bite-sized courses, visual flashcard and interesting games. It teaches new vocabulary and offers plenty of ways in which to practise. This app is free to download for iOS and Android devices and helps improve communication skills. Knudge.me is suitable for children 11+.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Starfall ABC is a free alphabet app for teaching young children the alphabet and letter sounds. It includes a lot of ABC animations, animated interactive books and other reading exercises. Starfall's ABC section teaches letter-sound relationships by providing a kid-friendly navigation system that explicitly focuses on each letter of the alphabet. Starfall ABC is available via a desktop browser and also available for iOS (iPad and iPhone) and for Android devices.  

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    The Learn English School Edition 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: iPhone, 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


    Duolingo is a free language learning app designed to help you learn languages easily. It's extremely well designed for on-the-go learning, thanks to short lessons and a simple user interface. Duolingo is designed for English speakers to learn more than 30 languages, including German, Spanish, English, Italian, French, Chinese and more. This free language app works well on both desktop and mobile devices. This app is available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and Google Play for Android.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, 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: iPhone, 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: iPhone, iPad


    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. Memrise is the free English learning app for you.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Spelling City is an award winning app designed to help kids learn spelling and improve vocabulary and grammar skills. The app also promises 10 of the most popular word lists along with 10 fun and popular games to match. 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. Spelling City is a website and mobile app that helps users bolster their spelling skills.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Help the adorable grim reapers Grimm and Rose defeat monsters, ghosts, evil bunnies and more using the power of words!

    Letter Quest is a turn-based RPG where players attack monsters by spelling words.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Walden, a game is a first person exploratory game about the life of American philosopher Henry David Thoreau during his experiment in self-reliant living at Walden Pond. The game begins in the summer of 1845 when Thoreau moved to the Pond and built his cabin there.

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

    Devices: iPhone, iPad