Android and iOS Apps any English Teacher Must Know

English is a global language & teachers who are engaged in teaching it to the people around the globe are special.

To also make your teaching ways special, here's a list of apps for English teachers to add a little magic to your profession. Take a look!

English Learning Apps For Android Users

1) Learn English, Speak English

With features like; talking to a video character, automatic speech recognition & color-coded feedback on pronunciation, record & compare, topic based dialogue & unlimited practice and a lot more makes this app a must for every English teacher. Use of this app can change the way your students perceive education. The sessions can be engaging, fun and full of learning.

2) English Grammar Book

The app works like magic for those who want to get their grammar right! You’ll find topics from nouns, verbs, to passive voice and conditionals. Each topic is explained briefly in introduction, and then continued in detailed section explaining more types or rules. A beginner can get advantage from the rules that are presented in the form of tables, but the explanation comes in long conversational type of sentence that will bring perfection at the advanced level of learning.

3) Johnny Grammar Word Challenge

This app by British Council is a challenging way to improve your English. Answer as many questions, spelling and vocabulary in 60 seconds! The game is in 3 levels with 3 categories; words, grammar & spelling. Work on each area individually to score best! Earn badges as you play, share your score and compete with others on global leaderboard.

4) English Level Test

As its name suggests, this Android app helps users check their English level whether it is beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-intermediate, Advanced and Near Native.

5) Irregular Verbs

This app is for people with European language as native language. It has translation in Russian, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian and Ukrainian.

You have to choose one before using this app. Since this app focuses on the irregular verb, basically it only gives list of the three types of verbs. One plus is you also get the word in your chosen native language, so it’s like having a mini dictionary for verbs. There’s also the pronunciation of the verbs for you to listen.

The best feature is the training section where you’re given verb in the native language and you have to select the English verb for it. It’s more challenging because you could be asked any of the three types of verbs in random.

6) Listen & Speak

This app can transform the device into a teacher with the awesome features it provides. The app comes with a set of predefined templates of how words should be pronounced and understood. 

7) Fluent English

This is another great Android app for English language learners. It helps them improve both their speaking and listening skills. It is like an audio book and has audio translations of any word you do not understand. It also provides pronunciation in different voices.

8) PvP - Phrasal Verbs Program

This is a complete and useful phrasal verb dictionary that has over 400 verbs. It also lets users search any phrasal verb by word or meaning. Every phrasal verb is illustrated by examples showing how and when it can be used.

9) Carton - free English

This one helps learners learn new words through the use of word cards. Pictures are used to illustrate the meaning of the words. The app provides a fast, easy and fun way to learn and improve your English vocab. 

10) Reading Trainer

It improves the reading speed and retention rate with 12 challenging and fun exercises.

11) Hello English App

The app is specifically designed for all the Indian language speakers who wish to learn English. Used by over 30,00,000 learners in India, this app focuses on helping you master English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, while building your vocabulary. Hello English is India's number 1 ranked free Educational App on the Play Store.

12) LetterSchool Free

This multiple award-winning app is a must recommendation. Learn to write letters and numbers as they play four exciting games per letter

13) Learn English App

Learn English grammar and excel in spoken English. There are activities on this app to challenge your own English skills, get to know where you lack and work on it with this very app. 

14) English Tenses

All the information relating to the tenses are available on this app. Sections for practice are also there so that you can track your progress. 

15) Kids Learn to Read

This game includes 6 sections. Every section is aimed to let children enjoy the game and attain a successful learning experience at every step

16) LearnEnglish Podcast

This App by British council helps learners learn English speaking and listening via podcasts. Listen, read and check that you understand. One episode every two-week is uploaded in the app and a collection of 40 podcast already exist.

Listen to everyday conversations recorded by native British English speakers in our LearnEnglish Podcasts series, and improve listening skills. Listen to podcast hosts Tess, Ravi, Adam and Rob chatting with different people and talking about different everyday topics, such as their favorite celebrities, making plans for the weekend, having a dinner party and which cities they like to live in.

17) English Irregular Verbs

The app is ideal for beginners or children. The list of irregular verbs consists of more common verbs, but includes a clear voice pronouncing them. In practice game you simply have to choose the words to complete the three forms verbs. Again, the voice is very useful here. If you’re not interested in drilling the words, at least you’re still being able to learn the right pronunciation here.

18) Chat To Learn English

A virtual character chats with user and helps to improve English skills. With hands on this app you get to learn English the American style and chances are that you may start communicating like a native English speaker. 

19) English Grammar Test

Plain and easy user interface helps you work on your grammar skills in an easy way. This English Grammar Test app is perfect for Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate levels.
The test is divided into two levels. Each one contains 30 tests with 20 exercises. Score while you answer and track your progress with the progress analytics.   

20) English Idioms and Phrases

This app will help user learn Idioms and Phrases in English very easily and effectively, with more than 3500 essential English Idioms and Phrasal Verbs.  Quiz feature will help you remember phrases perfectly.

- Idioms and Phrases dictionary: look up and view details of each item.
- English Proverbs
- American Slangs
- Quiz: test your knowledge.

English Learning Apps For iOS Users on the next page...

English Learning Apps For iOS Users

1) Intro to Letters, by Montessorium

This app is ideal for the kindergarten teachers who are engaged with kids who have just started to learn about alphabets. The app will take you through every letter in the English alphabet. Kids can tap a letter they want to learn about, and the app will tell them what the letter means, examples of how it is used and what it sounds like in different words. Then you can do exercises, flashcards and puzzles with each letter. To help students write the letters, the app offers a tracing program for practice.

2) Learn English (Hello-Hello)

This is one of the best apps for language learning courses on iOS. It uses a teaching method called Mobile Immersion to create a virtual environment that guides learners visually to develop functional language skills. It comes with 30 conversational lessons based on real-life situations. Animated lessons, games and exercises allow students to practice speaking, writing, reading and listening skills.

3) Learn English, Speak English

“Such a great app to learn English skills.”
“A brilliant way to learn to pronounce in English.”
“This is the best English learning tool, I have ever seen.”

Users reviewed the app with the statements above.

With features like; talking to a video character, automatic speech recognition & color-coded feedback on pronunciation, record & compare, topic based dialogue & unlimited practice and a lot more makes this app a must for every English teacher. Use of this app can change the way your students perceive education. The sessions can be engaging, fun and full of learning.

4) Voxy - Learn English

This app works according to the needs of the learner. The app is well suited for both beginner and advanced level learner. It creates personalized lessons that suits to the need of the learner and matches up to the student’s level, interest and goals. Tutors provide detailed feedback on student performance. Tests focus on the words and phrases students are exposed to throughout the course and if they pass, they get an award.

“Voxy is transforming the way non-native speakers learn English by providing lessons personalized to a learner’s unique lifestyle, goals and learning needs.” – Forbes

5) SentenceBuilder

The app is suitable for elementary education children. The app helps learner to build grammatically correct sentences. Connector words are paid attention for better sentence formation.

Interesting features of the app are:

- 3 Levels of play.
- 60 encouragement animations and audio clips.
- Optional correct sentence audio re-enforcement.
- Option correct sentence encouragement animation.
- Statistics to track students’ progress.
- Students have their own stats page.

6) busuu 

This language-learning app is a hit! Used by over 50 million people worldwide and featured by Apple within "Best apps" for 2014, busuu is the fun and easy way to learn a new language in just a few minutes a day. Learn basics, grammar, vocabulary, most important topics and 3000+ words. Interactive and practice test help you perfect your skills. Test yourself with fun quizzes to track your performance.

7) Supiki English Conversation Speaking Practice

The app is perfect for those who want to practice their English conversation skills. Talk to Supiki and Supiki talks back! The app provides the topic and starts the conversation.

8) Conversation English

This app features 20 lessons, each with video dialog, conversation listening and reading comprehension, vocabulary and sentence completion. The app follows an ongoing storyline about a group of friends and their relationships. By following the story, students learn English idioms, expressions and vocabulary. This is a great app for students who wish to practice more conversational English.

9) Poems by Heart

The app, Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics gives access to classic poetry and challenges you to memorize perennial favorites by master wordsmiths. The apps helps user Memorize and reciting poems, which let you, enjoy them at a deeper level and learn them for life. The app comes with 4 free poems plus 30+ poems from the poem shop.

10) Learn English by Stories

Help your kid to improve learning and reading skills with this engaging app. With Learn English Through Stories you'll be able to listen to different stories and learn vocabulary, as well as its different usages in the real English-speaking world. 

11) Free Word Power

With Word Power, Learn American English Vocabulary. You’ll master 100 of the most frequently used words and phrases in the English language right on your iOS device!

12) Mad Libs

The app is a word game where user gets to improve the treasure of English. User can play solo or in groups. The app comes with 21 free stories with content being added all the time. The group feature can help you create engaging sessions for your classroom.   

13) iWriteWords

Kids with access to iOS device enjoy a neat, engaging game helping them perfect their handwriting. Make your students help Mr. Crab collect the numbered balls and see them drawing beautiful letters at the same time.

14) OpenLanguage – Real Language Taught By Real People

The app has created an amazing platform in which they've merged the contents of some of the most popular language programs on the web like SpanishPod, EnglishPod, and FrenchPod. In one single app and website, user can study all these different languages (if you purchase the subscriptions). Their Tablet Textbook, using a new generation of language learning apps, provides students with all the basic studying tools in one single interface with sentence-reordering exercises, word-by-word translation, the ability to save vocabulary in the target language, and a "Task" feature, which consists of special exercises you can complete to get feedback from their academic team as well as from the student community. There is even an "accuracy" feature where you can record yourself and get feedback from voice recognition software! The amazing features and the power it brings user to learn multiple languages justify the money!

15) IELTS GT Reading Practice Test

This is the only app for IELTS practice test. Users get to read the papers from those who write and set the exams. The test contains 30 questions. Get feedback on your performance and work accordingly.   

16) Cambridge Discovery Readers

Learn English with this app by engaging yourself in interesting topics, discovery education videos and interactive exercises. Download the bookshelf to get access to all the books. One book is for free. 

17) Practice English Grammar

This was one of the nominees for best education app, 2014. Excel at English grammar with more than 1000 questions, 750+ flashcards, and 100+ games. Learn while practicing and track your performance. 

18) English – For Education

The app is suitable for younger children of age group between 11-16 years. The App uses high quality 3D animation, video, imagery, professional voice-overs, text and interactive activities with high score functions to ensure effective learning of relevant curriculum topics. Superb for class or independent learning and revision both in school and at home, delivering an engaging interactive learning experience.

19) English Academy

This app is a 3D interactive game for beginners and intermediate students to learn English for free.  

20) English 1 Lite

With this app user can converse with an English teacher who will give you tips on the best ways to learn and improve your English.
Test you comprehension with a quiz on each conversation. The questions are chosen at random and are not always the same. See if you can get to the end of the questions with no incorrect answers to receive stars on your quiz menu. 

Which one have you used? Which one is your favorite? Share with us in the comment box.


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Author: Priyanka Gupta
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