Category Archives: Language Learning Apps

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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Create your Online Radio with Mixlr and Let Your Students Speak!

Mixlr is a simple way to share live audio online. You can broadcast using any source and invite others to listen and chat in real-time. All you need to do is just create a Mixlr account and download the Mixlr desktop application to your PC or Mac. If you are planning to broadcast in a sophisticated manner, of course, you need a high-quality microphone that will provide a smooth sound quality. Some of the basic features of Mixlr application:

  • Embed live audio on your website or blog
  • Tune in directly from Facebook and Twitter
  • Build a community around your live sounds
  • HQ recording and export to your favourite archive services

Using Mixlr to Foster Your Students’ Speaking Competence

I have used Mixr to create our online radio station called AnttennaFM with my colleagues to facilitate learning of English in a meaningful, natural and constructivist way to help those who are learning English in an EFL context. We let our students create their own radio program and speak about a specific topic each week. They also invited some guests to their radio program. You can find our radio archive on Audiomack.

You can download Mixlr application using the links below or you can go directly to the Mixlr website.

 

Learn Phrasal Verbs Easily with Phrasal Verbs Machines

Cambridge University Press has created two distinctive apps for mobile handsets to help learners of English learn phrasal verbs easily and in a fun way. The Phrasal Verbs Machine and Phrasalstein mobile and web apps, which are available both for iOS and Android devices, show a different way of learning the problematic part of English verbs.

The Phrasal Verbs Machine

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The Phrasalstein

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Take Your Students Outside of the Classroom with Quizlet

quizletQuizlet is an easy and fun way to engage your students with vocabulary activities outside of the classroom with its web and mobile applications. Quizlet’s flashcards, tests, and study games make learning fun and engaging for students of all ages, especially when students are using their smartphones all the time. So it’s a great opportunity to use their mobile handsets for meaningful tasks. You can create a class for your students and have an access key/link for your class. It can be a private or public class.

By creating mobile learning content on Quizlet, you can let your students learn anywhere, any time they want. It lets you create study cards, which you can enter definition for each word, and use its tex-to-speech technology to add sound feature. And also you can track your students’ progress when you upgrade for a small amount of money per year.

Here’s an example of reading class I’ve created for my students.

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Watch the Quizlet Tutorial

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FLASHCARDS

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LEARN

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SPELLER

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TEST

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SCATTER

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SPACE RACE

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Create Amazing Animations with Tellagami

Tellagami lets you create and share a quick animated video called ‘gami’. It can be used for many different tasks, assignments, projects, in-class activities, etc. You can customize your character, change its mood or outfit. You can record your own voice or use its text-to-speech technology to add a dialogue. In the attachment, you can find the worksheet I created for a speaking assignment.

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Download the worksheet.

HERE’S AN EXAMPLE OF TELLAGAMI THAT MY STUDENT CREATED IN EFL CLASS.

 

Use StoryCorps for Speaking Activities

”The StoryCorps app and StoryCorps.me were created as a global platform for listening, connecting, and sharing stories of the human experience.”

You can use StoryCorps for speaking projects or activities (especially when you’re teaching English or other languages) with your students.

You can have them interview each other or someone else. Students can select their questions from different categories (best questions, family heritage, etc.) available on the app or they can add their own questions.

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In the attachment, you can find the worksheet I created for my students.

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Download the worksheet.