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Price: Android - Free iPhone/iPad - Free

Teacher Overview

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.

 

Teacher Review

Mooveez offers an extremely impressive package for those engaged in the difficult task of learning English as an additional language.  The effort, planning, teaching expertise, teaching experience and creative talents behind its content is obvious.  No corner seems to have been cut to make it invaluable to anybody looking to improve their English language skills.

Firstly, there is its most visible selling point - the selection of TV programmes and movies that form the basis of its learning content.  Old favourites, such as TV comedies, are available alongside classic movies.  Documentaries also feature in the line up for those who like a more serious subject matter.  Some programmes are custom made for the app, such as Olive Green.  These custom videos are written to be entertaining but also to offer a graduated exposure to more complex aspects of the language.  

Olive Green begins the tale of its adventurous art-thief protagonist with a voice over and telephone call that sets out her identity.  Language learners will recognise many of the phrases from their own early learning but now hear them in a new context alongside an entertaining story that adds both entertainment and a sense of purpose to the learning.  

This leads to the next strength of the app - its incredibly well-detailed supporting scripts for the programmes.  These show the dialogue from the programme in English, a translation into the student's preferred language and a very useful explanation of any idioms that are encountered. The programme automatically pauses when these are encountered so that the student can spend a moment understanding how the meaning of the spoken words might differ from their more literal meaning.  

All of the phrases spoken in a programme can be committed to a flashcard. These are useful for students to preserve new learning for revision later.  A great feature of these is that tapping them replays the listed section of the dialogue from the programme from which it has been taken.  Understanding can be tested and confirmed by using the app's built-in quiz which uses the movies watched as its subject matter.

As you can see, this app makes strong use of a student's first language. It also takes a lexical approach to the teaching of grammar as its supporting content breaks vocabulary into chunks. This will mirror the methods of many language teachers and follows what many consider to be best practice.

Do check that the language options match your needs. Plenty are covered, including Russian and European languages, plus their international dialects, but there are, so far, no languages that originate in Asia  - the app is so good you'll wish it could be used by students from more countries.

Such quality of content could be undermined by poor presentation or navigation of the app but, fortunately, this is not the case. The app makes it easy to concentrate on learning English rather than learning how to use the app.  

The app frees students from the tethers of data allowances or wifi by downloading the videos to the device.  This can take a while, however, but it is the side effect of high-quality video and the wealth of supporting content.  It is far preferable to being tied to streaming alone which would restrict students' use of the app.

The quality of this app's content and its suitability for you or your students can be easily confirmed for yourself by downloading the app for free and looking at its introductory videos and materials.  This can then be expanded through a subscription to the service.

The app, once fully subscribed to, will be a great help to maintaining the motivation and progression of students.  Those who have it on their mobile devices can learn and be entertained wherever they are.  Schools with students who need to improve their English will find the service a great help to ensure that these students have their needs met and that teachers can offer high-quality lessons without adding significantly to their planning load.  Be aware, however, that the content available on the app includes movies that might have an age rating higher than your students' ages.

Mooveez is one of the few apps that far surpasses expectations - if you are looking for an app to support learning English as an additional language, it should be high on your list of apps to try.

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Developer Description

Digital Innovation of the year 2016 according to the British Council

Thanks to this unique methodology you can transform your passive English knowledge into active communication.

We add value to well-known movies, and thanks to methodological features and functions, you will get weeks worth of valuable study material for effective studying:

- feature movies, TV series or documentaries all from different genres and you can watch or study with these

- subtitles translated by language specialists and easy navigation within the script;

- audio flashcards which you can create yourself, directly from the movie - you only select those you want or need to practise;

- special notes about the language and culture featured in the film, to help you fully understand both the vocabulary and the context;

- grammar exercises which have been created in the context of the movie

- movies can be watched offline and stored in our cloud

You have acquired your native language thanks to environment you grew up in. Movies are entertaining and partly emulate a foreign enviroment. Each movie contains an average of 2000 words - most of them are those which are most commonly used. Already the 1000 most common words represent 60% of everyday vocabulary.

A world, where people understand each other.

With the new option of CLUB MEMBERSHIP you get instant access to all club movies, documentaries and TV shows.
Choose the length of subscription which suits you best: 1 month, 3 months or 1 year. All of these options include a 1 week free trial period.

Further information related to subscription:
- Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
- Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
- Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal
- Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user’s Account Settings after purchase

Terms of Use: http://www.mooveez.com/en/general-terms-and-conditions-46.html

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