ESL Express - Words Frequently Confused
ESL students aren't the only ones who could use this APP. ESL Express looks at words that may cause confusion for both writers and readers. Sorry to say there are a few spelling errors in their sentence examples e.g. roasters instead of roosters. If you buy the full version there are over 2100 words, but there are enough options for learners in the FREE version to get started. Students tap on a letter of the alphabet to access lists and can then select a group of words e.g. Hate - Detest - Abhor. I believe there would be a number of applicaitons for this APP in your classroom. ***
Grammar Express - Parts of Speech
Using this App is very straightforward and even a non-techie will navigate it without any assistance. This is purely an APP where learners can practise their understanding of Parts of Speech. Once you select a topic, you have the choice to read definitions and examples. The level of language used in the definitions, examples and test statements / questions varies. Overall your students will need a sound grasp of English to complete the tasks. Good APP for Level 2 and higher students. ***
Tap any of the choices in the menu and you will go to a page that explains that topic. Explanations are brief and there are no examples to assist learners. Your only option then is to select the test. There are a total of ten quesitons for each topic, and you use a slide bar to select the number you want to complete. The questions are multiple choice. Learners can access feedback for incorrect answers by clicking the circles that have a cross. My concern with this APP is the level of language used in the questions and answers. The APP is definitely NOT for beginner ESL students. ***
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Now we're talking FREE APPs! This APP works in conjunction with any book that is in your iPhone's library. Registering and downloading this APP is a great learning activity in itself. If you or your students don't have any titles in your library, don't worry one is provided free of charge (The Art of War by Sun Tzu). You can also search and download a number of books for free. The books I downloaded were related to science, and there are a number of great topics. The voice in all the books was human and very easy on the ear. However, the reader is American and for other English speaking countries e.g. England & Australia, this may cause an issue with pronunciation. I was very impressed with the Settings options. You can-
> change font and background colour (great options for people who are visually impaired);
> change font size
> select a font of your choice
> change the spacing between characters
> have a continuous reader
> change the audio rate. I tried this and set the scroll bar for this option at 1/4, and believe this rate would assist many ESL listeners.
This APP would provide a great option for learners to undertake listening activities outside the classroom.