All posts by Ibrahim Ercan

Ibrahim Ercan has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Erciyes University and he is doing his M.A. in English Language Teaching at Çukurova University. He is interested in incorporating technology into language learning and teaching by specialising in web-based applications, mobile learning, MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) and graphic & web design.

Pronunciation Apps to Master English

Hello, everyone! Here I’ve listed some of the pronunciation apps that you can use as an aid  to master English pronunciation on your mobile devices.

Sounds: The Pronunciation App – The ultimate mobile English pronunciation aid, for both students and teachers. Sounds helps you study, practice and play with pronunciation wherever you are.



Sounds Right by British Council – It is the pronunciation chart for learners and teachers worldwide. It’s now available only for iPad.



Phonemic Chart – This phonemic chart helps you hear and say the sounds of the English language. To hear the sounds, click on the IPA symbols that represent the sounds.



Pronunciation Power – It is an easy and effective way to learn the 52 sounds of the English Language.



English Pronunciation Training – You can hear the pronunciation of words in practice area to hear the correct pronunciation of that word. Pronunciation videos with phonetics letters help you know the right way to pronounce a word. You can also view your progress.



English Pronunciation – It teaches you how to pronounce English properly and also checks your pronunciation (phonetic) to make sure you do it right.



English Pronunciation Checker – It helps you practice English pronunciation with different learning modes.



Guidelines for Mobile Learning and the Possibilities of DDL in HE

TELL-OP Strategic Partnership has created guidelines and recommendations for mobile learning and data-driven language learning in higher education. It reviews EU policies on mobile learning in higher education institutions and developments in the inclusion of ICTs in HE. The document can be accessed from the following links:




Organize Your Daily Life in a Flexible Way!

Using mobile app databases to organize your daily life in a flexible way  is possible with two distinctive apps: Airtable and Momento Database.

Airtable – Flexible Database and Organizer – It is the easy way to create your own organizational databases. You can find many different categories with ready-made templates from indie filmmakers to study notes.


Memento Database – It is a highly flexible and customizable database management tool for Android users. Anyone looking for ways to store various data on their Android devices, the app enables users to create custom libraries with unique sets of data fields, quickly add new entries and, finally, share entries with friends or colleagues, or export them to other systems with just a few taps.


Annotate, highlight and interact with Liquidtext

With Liquidtext you can  annotate, highlight, research and markup any text on a pdf document. It’s specially designed for iPad and can be used easily with its slick user-friendly design. Here are a few things you can do on your iPad with LiquidtextRead and interact with the text in a flexible environment.


You can:

  • Read and interact with text in a flexible environment
  • Compatible with PDF, Word, and PowerPoint documents and web pages
  • Import from Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Box, email, and more
  • Workspace area for writing notes and pulling out excerpts
  • Organize and group excerpts and notes
  • Highlight text, images, comments, excerpts, and notes


  • Add margin notes/comments to text, images, notes, and excerpts
  • Comment on two or more selections simultaneously
  • Export file as notes only, highlights only, notes and highlights, or entire document with annotationsExport as LiquidText file, PDF, or RTF (supported by most word processors)
  • Export as LiquidText file, PDF, or RTF (supported by most word processors)
  • Send files by email or to Dropbox, iCloud, Box, and more


Use Kahoot for Collaborative Mobile Learning!

Kahoot is a fun and collaborative way to engage students with group works and teach vocabulary or any quiz activity.


You can create a fun learning game in minutes, made from a series of multiple choice questions. You can also add videos, images and diagrams to your questions to amplify engagement!


Kahoots are best played in a group setting, like a classroom. Players answer on their own devices, while games are displayed on a shared screen to unite the lesson – creating a ‘campfire moment’ – encouraging players to look up.


Social learning promotes discussion and pedagogical impact… whether players are in the same room or on the other side of the globe! After a game, encourage players to create and share their own kahoots to deepen understanding, mastery and purpose.

Learn Turkish with These Engaging Apps and Podcasts!


HandsOnTurkish Compact – Learn Turkish – It is a new EU-funded Turkish language course for beginners. Learners will be guided by a task-based approach through a series of units, modules and steps to acquire Turkish and an awareness of Turkish culture.

Learn Turkish with Babble -You can learn Turkish with Babbel It’s the fun and easy way to learn Turkish online.

Turkish Language Guide & Audio – World Nomads – You can learn basic Turkish expressions and vocabulary with this application.

Turkish by Nemo – You can learn the most essential words and phrases of the Turkish language, each with native speaker audio.

Learn Turkish FREE – AccelaStudy – This app helps you learn some Turkish words with flashcards.

Learn Turkish – It contains over 800 commonly-used Turkish phrases and vocabularies for travelers and beginners. Using this app, you can learn from our Turkish speaking parrot. The parrot works together with you to practice your speaking and listening skills, wherever and whenever you are.

Türkçe Öğrenin – You can Turkish with Mondly application.

Türkçe Kelimeleri Öğrenin – You can learn Turkish with flashcards ranging from travel to school.

Learn Turkish – 50 languages – It contains 100 lessons that provide you with a basic vocabulary. This free app has 30 lessons. With no prior knowledge, you will learn to fluently speak short sentences in real-world situations in no time.

Learn Turkish – Free WordPower – You can master 100 of the most frequently used words and phrases in the Turkish language.

Learn Turkish with Fun Easy Learn – With this application you can learn 6,000 Turkish words for free.

iTalk Turkish – You can listen, record yourself, compare and learn, have fun! It’s easy and quick.

Play & Learn TÜRKÇE – It is a free flash card app with fantastic learning games to help you to learn new words and languages, and have fun when doing it!

Learn Turkish™ By Greg Vick – You can learn all the most common used Turkish words.

Türkçe Organları Öğrenelim – With this application you can learn body parts in Turkish.

Türkçe Meslekleri Öğrenin – With this application you can learn occupations in Turkish.



Turkish Tea Time – With this podcast you have the opportunity to  learn Turkish language, its grammar, and how it’s spoken in everyday life. Each lesson revolves around a dialog that focuses on a single language point.  The difficulty level of each lesson is between four levels, from absolute beginner to advanced.

Learn Modern Turkish – You can learn the essentials of the modern Turkish language and culture with this podcast. You will find the language basics, literal translations, history behind expressions, basic grammar rules and some etymology.

Turkish Language Institute’s Podcast – It provides the audio files for each unit of the book Dilden Kalbe Türkçe.’

The Turkish Listening Library –  You can find 5-minute episodes to learn Turkish on your own pace.

Learn Turkish with TurkishClass101 – You can learn the Turkish language and culture at your own convenience and pace. It consists of free daily podcast audio lessons, video lessons, Turkish word of the day.

Cartoon Making Apps and Meme Generators to Create Engaging Storytelling

Turn real world objects into engaging cartoons or memes and tell your story in a different way. You can use cartoon making apps and meme generators to present projects or add flavor to the classroom assignments. It is one of the easiest ways to bring fun to your classroom.

Pixton Comic Maker – You can use Pixton to write a book report or other school project in the style of a graphic novel, explain a concept or idea in a concise format, tell a story with words and pictures, depict nuanced emotions with customizable characters.

Cartoon Camera – You can create cartoons and sketches like photography with your camera.

Comic Maker HD – You can design your own comic easily and quickly with various layouts, characters and much more.

Sketch Master – My Cartoon Photo Filter – It is a simple, funny app that lets you convert your photos into sketch or cartoon avatars by applying up to 60 different image effects filters.

Free Cartoon Movie Maker – Create your own animated monster movie! It’s playful, creative and educational movie making app.

Manga Camera – Turn your life into comic stories, and share them to your friends.

Sketch Master-Pencil Sketch – You can use it to make your photo look beautiful and smart. It requires no skill to operate, it is very simple to use. It contains a lot of effects, overlays and sketches.

Draw Cartoons – It is a making tool for creating comics and short animations. You can use a stickman and memes as a perfect storytelling tool.

Comic Creator – It is a free application that lets you easily create simple, fun comics.



Meme Generator by MemeCrunch – You can easily generate your own memes and share them with your friends.

Meme Creator/Viewer – Memes are spreading like hot fire right now and now there’s an app for it.

Memes Maker Free – You can use existing meme templates such as scumbag steve, success kid and socially awkward penguin and all the famous advice animals or use your own images to make new memes.

Meme Producer – It is s a free app that lets you create your own memes. It supports multiple images in the same meme.

Meme Generator – You can create funny memes and share them with your friends via Facebook, Twitter and E-mail.

Meme Maker – You can make memes and troll the Internet with an idea, style or action which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the Internet.

Meme Generator – You can create your own memes with photo gallery, or camera, laugh some fun with the memes of Advice Dog, Courage Wolf, Foul Bachelor Frog, Stoner Dog.

Meme Creator – You can create your own memes and share them with your friends without any watermark on your memes.

Top Podcasts to Learn English on the go!

If you are a busy person, you can take the advantage of using podcasts to learn or improve your English on the go. There are so many podcasts dedicated to teaching English in different levels. Here I’ve gathered some of the top podcasts available both for iOS and Android that you can use while traveling, eating, walking and, etc. Have fun and enjoy learning English on your mobile handsets! You can keep the track of what you or your students listened with this worksheet I created: Podcast Hunter 

To be able to listen to podcasts on iOS devices you should download Podcasts App and you can download Podcast Addict or another app for Android devices. Some of the podcast providers have their own app. And also you can listen to the podcasts on a PC or Mac by downloading the iTunes software


1. British Council – Learn English PodcastsIt is a podcast app that helps you learn everyday English by providing 40 episodes and over 20 hours of free listening about a wide range of topics, as well as great new features that help you listen and understand the conversations.

2. British Council – Learn English (Elementary) – You can practise your English language listening skills with Elementary Podcasts and listen to them on your computer, or download them to your mp3 player or smartphone.

3. British Council Learn English Audio & Video – You can listen to and watch the most popular English learning podcasts and videos in Learn English Audio & Video! The app is packed with lots of cool features like landscape video mode, an audioscript and glossary.

4. BBC 6 Minute English – You can learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC.

5. The English We Speak – Every week you can find different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme. It is provided by BBC World Service

6. ESL Pod – English as a Second Language Podcast is for anyone who wants to improve their English speaking and listening skills.

7. American English Pronunciation – It offers weekly lessons covering the most common and difficult English pronunciation issues. Level: Intermediate to Advanced ESL/ELL students.

8. All Ears English – It is an English as a Second Language (ESL) podcast for intermediate to advanced English learners around the world. Teachers Lindsay McMahon and Michelle Kaplan show how to use everyday English vocabulary and natural idioms, expressions, and phrasal verbs and how to make small talk in American English.

9. Learning English Broadcast – Voice of America – Its programs use a limited vocabulary and short sentences. They are read at a slower pace than VOA’s other English broadcasts.

10. Listen to English – Learn English! – Two short (5 minutes or less) podcasts every week in clearly spoken English will help you to improve your listening skills and learn new words and expressions. Many podcasts are linked to grammar and vocabulary notes or to quizzes or exercises.

11. Podcasts in English – It is for students/learners of English who want to improve their speaking and listening skills.

12. A Way with Words – It is a fun and funny public radio show about words, language, and how we use them.

13. Luke’s English Podcast – It is an award-winning podcast for learners of English. You can listen, learn and have fun while picking up natural British English as it really is spoken.

14. Go Natural English – It helps you improve your English listening skills and reach fluency. The podcast will benefit intermediate to advanced learners most. Your English will benefit from language learning strategies that work, vocabulary and idioms, expressions, and phrasal verbs and how to make small talk and real conversation in American English.

15. Business English Pod – It covers a wide range of common topics, situations, and skills, including: presentations, telephoning, negotiating, socializing, travel, meetings, interviews, conversation, and more.

16. Better at English – It aims to help EFL and ESL learners improve their conversational English. You can hear genuine unscripted conversations that feature informal vocabulary, slang, idioms, and more.

17. Effortless English Podcast – You can find Learning tips and strategies to improve your spoken English. You can also learn about American language and culture.

18. Zapp! English Vocabulary and Pronunciation – It provides unscripted English conversations featuring speakers with different accents. Each podcast also contains interactive audio classes with a teacher to work on your vocabulary and pronunciation.

19. Culips ESL Podcast – You can listen to fun English podcasts with natural expressions and everyday vocabulary for language learners. Every Culips episode has interesting elements of culture as well as language.

20. Learn English – EnglishClass101 – You can learn the English language and culture at your own convenience and pace. It consists of free daily podcast audio lessons, video lessons, English Word of the Day, etc.

21. Speak English – You can train your pronunciation and speaking skills

And here I’ve listed podcasts for extensive listening:

1. Ted Talks Podcasts – TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. On this feed, you’ll find TEDTalks video to inspire, intrigue and stir the imagination from some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers, speaking from the stage at TED conferences, TEDx events and partner events around the world.

2. TED Radio Hour – The TED Radio Hour by NPR is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create.

3. Voice of America – It is an international news and broadcast organization. You can listen to its news podcasts about different topics.

4. BBC Podcasts – You can listen to many podcasts from different categories and improve your listening skills. You can download the BBC iPlayer to access the programs on BBC.

5. Scientific American Podcasts – Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science.

6. The Nature Podcast – It is a free weekly audio show featuring highlighted content from the week’s edition of Nature including interviews with the people behind the science, and in-depth commentary and analysis from journalists covering science around the world.

7. Science Magazine Podcast – Periodic podcasts from Science Magazine, the world’s leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary.

8. CNN Anderson Cooper 360 – Anderson Cooper brings you highlights from CNN’s premier nightly news program AC360.

9. CBS News Weekend Roundup – You can listen to the week’s news and goes deep into the tough stories with CBS News podcasts.

10. NASA Cast – It combines the content of all the NASACast subject area podcasts into a single omnibus podcast.

11. NPR Podcasts – You can listen to the podcasts from different categories provided by National Public Radio

12. Poetry Foundation – You can discover news, articles, videos and podcasts that focus on poetry and its place in the world.

13. Public Radio & Podcast – It lets you access the latest news, radio programs and podcasts from public radio networks nationwide, including all major public broadcasting networks.

Other Podcast Websites


Why Podcasting is Primed For Mobile Learning?

Why Podcasting Is Primed For Mobile Learning Infographic

This infographic explains how podcasting is important in terms of creating content for mobile learning and reaching the audience.

Human Mobility Will Continue to Increase

  • The global wearables market will grow 348% to 148 million units shipped annually in 2019.
  • Smartwatches will account for 70% of total wearable devices by 2019.
  • Mobile is global there are roughly 2.3 billion mobile internet cell phone subscribers in the world

Mobile Learning is Redefining Education

  • In 2020, the mobile learning market is estimated to reach $70 billion

Mobile Learning is Accessible

  • 77% of families have at least one smartphone at home
  • 45% have at least one tablet
  • Audio content is cheaper to produce than apps or textbooks – the price of textbooks has risen more than 800%. Making textbooks inaccessible to developing countries.

Podcasting is the Best Medium for Mobile Learning

  • 63% of all podcasts were consumed through mobile devices
  • 86% of school and district administrators said mobile learning increases student engagement
  • Podcasting improves the student/teacher relationship
  • In a recent survey, 97.5 % of students reported that podcasting improved peer communication and broke down barriers between learners and lecturers.
  • After 2 weeks, people are 2x more likely to remember something they heard than read.

Source: eLearning Infographics