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Top 5 Mobile Apps students can use to improve their English

1Our generation has the luxury of living in what is known as the Information Age. This era is defined by its cutting edge technology, superfast internet and above all the abundance of information.

In this day and age learning English has become simpler than ever allowing you, as learners, to actively take responsibility for your learning.

So in the spirit of learner independence and in a feeble attempt to celebrate the internet, today’s article is dedicated to Mobile Applications aka Apps.

  1. Cambridge Free English Dictionary

My personal favourite, this dictionary is simple, accurate and easy to use. It gives various examples of the vocabulary item in context while identifying the part of speech (adjective, noun, verb etc.). Furthermore, it includes the phonemic transcription (see further down for more information on the phonemic chart) of the word along with the pronunciation in both British and American English.


  1. The Phrasal Verbs Machine

This app was suggested to me by a student and I must say it is probably one of the coolest things I have ever seen. The Phrasal Verbs Machine is set up like an actual game; music, videos, definitions and, goes without saying, example sentences to demonstrate the use of the phrasal verb. The cherry on top is by far the cutest phrasal verb quiz you will see in your life.


  1. Practice English Grammar

With over 1000 questions, 750 flashcards and 100 games this is the perfect app for the vigilant grammar lover. Even though the app is not entirely free they do offer a 7 day Free Trial on various topics including Conditionals, Modal Verbs, Reported Speech and the Passive.


  1. 3000 IELTS Vocabulary Test

Looking to expand you vocabulary? Well you are in the right place. With more than 300 multiple choice tests, this app will get your IELTS vocabulary up to speed in no time. Each test comprises of 10 questions and 4 answers to choose from. After you have taken the test, you are given the option of reviewing your answers which is absolutely necessary if you are to solidify your knowledge.


  1. Sounds (by McMillan)

This pronunciation app helps you learn the phonemic chart which is ever so important for accurate pronunciation. The first step is familiarising yourself with the phonemic chart something, which can easily be done with the interactive chart in the app. The second step is testing yourself which can be done by using one of the apps various testing methods such as transcribing words from English in to their phonemic symbols.

To conclude, you have the opportunity to maximise your exposure to English with just a few clicks. Whether you choose to do it or not is entirely up to you but as a teacher I would encourage you to actively participate in your learning and search for your own answers.



We would like to hear your thoughts; What other Apps can we add to the list? Is there a specific App you use which you think should make the Top 5? Let us know!


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