Apps for learning EFL: 5 suggestions

I’ve been reading about some apps that can improve your EFL skills. There are thousands of them. After having downloaded some of them to see their availability and design, I’d like to propose the following to my students and anyone interested in improving their English language skills. I’m sure that some of you may know any others, so you are welcome to share them here (Please, click on “Leave a Reply”, below). I hope this selection helps you improve your English anywhere and at any time so that you are ready to communicate proficient messages in English:

  1. British Council-LearnEnglish apps. The British Council has created a variety of apps used to improve different language skills, such as grammar (LearnEnglishGrammar), vocabulary and real-life situations, for instance (LearnEnglishAudioandVideo, MyWordBook2 or SoundsRight, for instance). Moreover, they seem to be working on game-based learning methods by adding some interactive apps that have the form of games with instant results such as PremierSkills or LearnEnglishSports. To see more on these apps go to http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/apps
  2. Cambridge apps for learners of English is also a great option to start improving your English skills. They have apps to enhance your grammar, vocabulary, reading, etc. I would recommend checking this link, http://www.cambridgemobileapps.com/, and especially, the apps called Cambridge Discovery Education (Reading, vocabulary and comprehension); The Phrasal Verbs Machine (Great for the so-popular phrasal verbs in context); Murphy’s English Grammar in Use; English Monstruo (specially designed for Spanish speakers), and wordpics (sports and words). There are some other apps dealing with exams (IELTS Practice tests) and levelled language courses, which need a previous payment but seem useful and challenging (Interchange Fourth Edition, levels 1-4). See more on http://www.cambridgemobileapps.com/
  3. Duolingo is another fantastic app that invites learners to select the foreign language they want to improve, and their own goals (academic, personal, several hours a week, etc). There are also some first tests to diagnose students’ level. See more information on https://www.duolingo.com
  4. Macmillan education apps is another option to check their variety of applications (children, adults, IELTS exams, etc.) for android and apple. I would especially recommend the Encounters app since it puts students into a variety of life conversations with adequate pronunciation tips. See more on http://www.macmillaneducationapps.com/
  5. Merriam-webster apps are also useful to get correct definitions of new terms, to see synonyms, to check the right pronunciation or play word games (Name That Thing, True or False, Spell it) that test your word level (Quizzitive or Scrabble, for instance). See more on http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary-apps/android-ipad-iphone-windows.html
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