5 Tech Tools for English Language Learning
As a final project for our technology module in our TESL course, we would like to share tech tools that are useful for ESL teachers and English language learning students. Enjoy!
- Kahoot, website, iPhone, iPad and Android
What is is: An interactive app/website with a gaming aspect — it’s fun, competitive and students and teachers love it!
Pros: It’s free, interactive and engaging — watch out because Kahoot! might inspire students to go all WWE on you. You can create your own quizzes and search for others, too.
Cons: Your students need an electronic, internet connected device in order to participate.
2. Tandem, app for Android, iPhone and iPad
What it is: A language exchange app that connects you to a speaker of the target language you want to practice — and they want to practice your native language with you.
Tandem App Promo Video
Pros: free, connects you with real people to practice your English, selection of age/gender preferences of your language partner.
Cons: There may be a waitlist in your country, and it takes a while to set up the app and fill in your profile.
3. TediSub, app for iPhone and iPad (Ted app on Android has built in subtitle features)
What it is: TediSub is an app that allows you to add primary and secondary subtitles onto TED videos — this feature is missing from the iPhone and iPad version of the TED app but is available in the Android version.
Pros: There is the ability to add subtitles to videos and even more than 1!
Cons: Your students may come to rely too heavily on subtitles when you don’t want them to! (Yeah I ended that sentence with a preposition!)
4. USA Learns, website, Android, iPhone, iPad
What it is: It’s a comprehensive resource for practicing your grammar, vocabulary, speaking, pronunciation, listening, reading and writing in English.
USA Learns video:
Pros: It’s an extensive resource, complete with videos.
Cons: The website can be a little overwhelming, with a lot of information to see and lots to click.
5. Duolingo, iPhone, iPad, Android
What it is: Duolingo is a gamified way to learn multiple languages that saves your progress for you, so you can return to it, even after months of letting the app gather dust.
Duolingo promo video:
Pros: You can adjust your profile to give you instructions in your native tongue, and the app adjusts based on your performance.
Cons: You can get stuck on a certain level, and it can feel too repetitive — which is why we mentioned the app gathering dust up above.