I’ve been an ESL (English as a second language) tutor for years now and I’m always looking for new resources to recommend to my students. I probably Google these resources at least once a week to see what new things are out there on the market for English learning online. Just last week, I happened to stumble across a website with a list of the best ESL apps (which was right up my alley), so I decided to give some of them a bit of a try.
I was very impressed by the results and just how comprehensive some of these ESL apps are now. If you’re curious, I’ve linked the page above so you can check it out for yourself. There were so many good options that I ended up breaking them into the two categories below to help you find the app you need ASAP.
1. Audio & Video Lessons
Audio and video lesson apps have hundreds of lessons that include real-life scenarios so you can learn to apply your English grammar and vocabulary skills to any situation. You can also communicate with online tutors to get instant help when you need it most.
Apps: ABA English, Learn to Speak English
With ABA English, you learn English by speaking with online tutors that guide you through idioms and vocabulary; they even have insider tips to help you learn the language better. Instead of simply reading, you learn by watching hundreds of engaging video lessons. Just keep in mind that you will need an internet connection if you want to access all of the features on this app.
Learn to Speak English has lessons designed to be practical so you can instantly begin using the vocabulary words and grammar you learn. There are more than 900 lessons which include real-life scenarios about any topic ( like going to the movies, pets, college life, etc.) to help you practice your daily conversations There are also 8,000 audio files recorded by native speakers so you can practice your pronunciation. I would just recommend you keep in mind that the user interface is not the most glamorous or visually appealing in general.
2. Lessons with Instructions by Native English Speakers
You don’t need a background in language learning to become a pro at English. Utilize intelligent, speech recognition software to get instant feedback on your pronunciation and see how well you are improving overall.
Apps: Basic English for Beginners, Learn American English Free
Basic English for Beginners will help you advance your reading, listening, and speaking skills throughout its lessons. It has a large library of vocabulary words and practice sentences to read, listen to, and pronounce as practice. Plus, take quizzes to test what you’ve learned. You’ll start becoming more advanced as new material is added. However, it’s important to know that the app – as its name states – is designed for beginners.
You can access free daily lessons with Learn American English Free in order to keep your English skills strong. You can access a dictionary and verb translator for quick, easy reference as well as utilize a state-of-the-art speech recognition program to get feedback on your pronunciation. But you should know that if you want to access the full scope of language-learning tools, you will have to purchase the premium subscription.
My students have really been enjoying these apps. While it’s only been a week, I’m already noting a difference in the confidence in my students and the accuracy of their responses when I ask them questions. For those reasons, if you’ve been considering getting an ESL app but have been hesitating for some reason, you seriously need to get your hands on one or all of these.