Wednesday, 19 October 2011

iPhone, iPod touch and iPad apps for ELT

I`ve read many articles about useful apps for Apple products so far and there are several apps I use in my iPhone that are rarely featured. So I decided to publish my own list.
I have focused mainly on free apps although there are a few paid ones that are worth it. I have left out dictionaries since there are many options and probably deserve a post of their own.
All the apps reviewed here are available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Category: Reference

Spell Check

Spell Check is an inexpensive Spell Checker and a Dictionary, which requires no internet connection!
•    $0.99
•    Language: English




Irregular Verbs

Irregular Verb Dictionary for English learners contains over 370 irregular verbs used in modern English. A useful app for learners!
•    Free
•    Language: English



Sounds

This app lets you hear the English sounds in both American and British English and you can practise and play. There`s a premium version available.
•    Free
•    Language: English



My WordBook

This app is an interactive vocabulary notebook for language learners. You can browse preloaded flashcards of the most important words in the English language. Each flashcard contains pictures, sounds, example sentences, translations and notes to help you remember.

This version does not contain any translations but you can enter your own translations by editing the words. Regional language versions are available for: Chinese,  Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Arabic.
•    Free
•    Language: English







 Free British English Genco Audio Cards

This app has 20 flashcards with sound and you can practice and play games.
•    Free
•    Language: English








Category: Language Practice

Conversation English

Conversation English is an app for anyone learning English. There are 20 complete Conversation English Lessons that include 200 common English Idioms and Expressions and help you develop your Listening and Speaking Skills.


•    $4.99
•    Language: English





Dynamic English Lessons - Phrasal Verbs

This app presents phrasal verbs in different categories. You need to solve the category puzzle first and as you do, the phrasal verbs are added to the dictionary section, where you can read the definition. Although it looks a bit difficult, a newer version is being developed to provide more help with solving the puzzles.
•    £0.99
•    Language: English





Category: Books
Stanza

This free app allows you to download and read books. It is available in many languages.
•    Free
•    Languages: English, Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese




Free books

This paid app (Yes, I know….why is it called free books?) gives you access to 23,469 classic books instantly. There are books available in many languages.
•    $1.99
•    Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish




Cinderella – a 3d fairy tale

This app is an interactive retelling of the classic fairy tale. It includes games and music and beautiful illustrations! There is a free version and a paid one.
•    Free/ $4.99
•    Language: English









 Christmas Tale

This is a free interactive Christmas story worth trying.
•    Free
•    Language: English





Category: Word games

 Word challenge

60 Second Word Challenge is a vocabulary game to help improve and widen your English learning developed by the British Council. Really good!
•    Free
•    Languages: English, German


 Word Scramble

Scramble is a fast fun game of finding words in a jumbled grid. Great for vocabulary practice! And addictive!
•    Free
•    Language: English



Hangman

This classic hangman app let you choose difficulty and word categories, like animals, food, etc. Simple but fun to practise vocabulary.
•    Free
•    Language: English



Other

Mouth off

Hold your iPhone in front of your mouth and talk, shout, laugh, scream or sing to get the mouth of your choice to animate in time with the sounds you make. There`s a lite version with one free mouth.
•    $0.99
•    Language: English





  
Sonic Pics

This app is an easy way to turn your images into custom slideshow movies. The lite version has some restrictions in the number of pictures allowed and maximum recording time of 10 minutes.
•    Free/ $2.99
•    Language: English


 Fotobabble

This app lets you quickly create and easily add your voice to photos and instantaneously share those Talking Photos with friends.
•    Free
•    Language: English


 Dice Roller

This app is a simple dice roller simulator. Simple yet useful.
•    Free
•    Language: English







Hope you have found something useful! If you know of other apps you use, please add them in your comments!

16 comments:

  1. Awesome post! I'll share this on The English app Facebook page right now. I was so happy to see Conversation English on your list. I'll pass on the good news to Ben. I didn't know Fotobabble had an app. YAY. Going to add a few of these to my iPad today. The Sounds one looks wonderful.

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  2. Hi, Tara!
    Thanks for the comment! Fotobabble is so simple!
    I didn`t know some of them but found them while doing my research for the post.

    Cheers!

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  3. Great post, and more apps for me to download! You might be interested in a similar post I wrote a month or so ago:

    http://theteacherjames.blogspot.com/2011/09/ipad-apps-for-elt-classroom.html

    Thanks.

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  5. yes
    do you have any resource for Iphone ?

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  6. Excellent information about how to learn English for every one.., your site gives the best and the most interesting information. This is just the kind of information that i had been looking for.., I'll go ahead and bookmark your site to return to the future.. THANKYOU
    Regards:
    Akon Hits

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  7. Thanks! I'll be passing this off to my students.

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  8. Good list of apps! Thanks for sharing - I'm going to forward the link to my teaching staff.
    Best wishes
    Josh

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  9. Useful list! However, there is another one which I think should be included for sure: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/schoolnotebook/id473327045?mt=8 - an application for taking school notes and sharing them with Facebook friends;)

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  10. It is a very useful information for the iPhone and iPad users. In above post there are different apps are available for the iPhone and iPad users which they get easily.

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  11. Great stuff! Do you know if any of these are available on Android?
    LEO

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  13. Nice! There is a great app help prepare and plan for lessons http://www.greenbambooshoots.com/apps/teaching/teacherplan/

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  14. Everyone is finding free apps.so your blog is really helpful for people.you are given some nice list of apps.some apps i never used it like conversation of apps, Fotobabble, and etc.

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