Here are 4 apps that can help you and your students with grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation:
a) Sounds is Macmillan’s pronunciation app (Based on the best-selling “Sound Foundations” by Adrian Underhill.) This award winning app helps you study and practise pronunciation wherever you are. There are two versions of Sounds:
Sounds: The Pronunciation App Free Edition includes an interactive phonemic chart (in both American and British English), high quality audio and practice sections from the premium version.
Sounds: The Pronunciation App Premium Edition (£3.99 / $5.99) includes the function to look up, listen to and record words in the wordlist, practise your pronunciation skills; test yourself with the pronunciation quizzes and use the phonemic typewriter. It also includes tips for teachers and students, lesson plans and videos.
Sounds is extremely user friendly and covers a wide area of pronunciation topics. The ability to record words is a great tool for students. To find out more about the app, watch this video.
b) The English Learning Lounge is an app that focuses on all aspects of language learning. It gives detailed grammar explanations and plenty of opportunity to practise through multiple-choice tests. Students are provided with authentic listening and reading material which is a great way to engage them. The app starts with beginners and slowly builds up to advanced levels.To find out more about the app, watch this video.
c) Learn English Grammar is an app by the British Council that focuses on ways to improve the students’ grammar. The app is designed for all levels but you can choose which is best suited to you or your students. The app has a variety of activities to practise grammar and many are interactive. One of its best features is the In-app help section that gives tips and help on how to carry out the various activity types. This section is available in different languages. To find out more about the app, watch this video.
d) Johnny Grammar’s Word Challenge is quiz app by the British Council that tests vocabulary and grammar that appear in every day situations. The quiz has different linguistic levels, the ability to compete with other players and is split into three main areas: grammar, vocabulary and spelling. Students will like the interactive game feel to the quiz and the fact that you gain badges as you move through the different levels.
To find out more about the app, watch this video.
These four apps caught my attention because they seemed to engage students and offer a clear and organised approach to interactive learning in the classroom.