Here are some Apps for learning English on your phone - and on your learners' phones! Just go to the App store on your phone and install them.

The SOUND CHART (Macmillan) for learners to recognise and use the sounds of English:

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THE PHRASAL VERBS MACHINE (CUP) provides cartoons that demonstrate the meaning of the phrasal verbs and then provides practice using them:

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PHRASALSTEIN Another free app from CUP for learning phrasal verbs. The meaning is illustrated in cartoons, and then there are exercises to practise them.


Encourage learners to download the FREE DICTIONARY BY FARLEX App and tell them they can learn the "Word of the Day" every day and read the "Article of the Day" and other texts, as well as play hangman, spelling bee and other games at 3 different levels:

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ADVANCED ENGLISH DICTIONARY AND THESAURUS has more than 1.4 million words:

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WORDREFERENCE allows you to find translations of words in other languages or equivalent expressions if there is no direct translation:


WhATSAPP - use this to create class groups where learners can be in touch with you and one another to ask questions about classes, homework tasks, exchange useful links and ideas for lerning English, sound files, and send you pictures you can use for class speaking activities:


QUIZLET enables students to play 6 games to learn sets of vocabulary and if you sign up (free) you can create your own specific sets for your learners:


ANIMOTO You and your learners can make your own videos with pictures or video extracts.

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VOICETHREAD Record yourself talking about a topic, marking homework, and commenting on spoken homework tasks your learners have done.

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PREZI: Watch and make your own presentations on Prezi:


POETRY This App allows you to find poems which match different themes (e.g. optimism, doubt, disapointment, joy, etc.) with different topics (e.g. life, youth, love, family, etc.). You can read or listen to some of them. Idea: encourage learners to find a poem they like, learn it by heart, and recite it to the class and comment on why they chose it.


Use MAILVU to record video messages using your PC or your smartphone and send them to someone by email. You can use this to get learners to send you their speaking homework.


GOOGLE EARTH allows you to go to any location on earth, zoom in, and walk around a location in 3D. Great as part of a presentation on places you have visited in the world!

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SKITCH allows you to draw arrows on pictures and add text. Ideal for pictures you want to use as part of a presentation, or for sending postcards of places you have visited.


TELLAGAMI is a mobile App that lets you create and share a quick animated video. You can choose what your animated character looks like. Click here for a teacher tutorial on how you can use it for telling stories, introducing yourself, describing your family, making a postcard about a place you have visited, sending messages with your own pictures, etc:


Here is an App tutorial on how you can use Google Earth, Skitch and Tellagami together:

HOWJSAY is a pronunciation dictionary that can also deal with names, place names, and all school subject words. It costs £1.99.


CRAM allows learners to make their own flashcards cards for words, pictures, etc. with the answer on the back. They can also add hints as to the answer. Useful tool for revision.


WORDSALAD is an App for finding ready-made wordclouds or for creating your own with different shapes, colours and fonts:


4 pics 1 word is a vocabuary game - you have to find the 1 word that connects the 4 pictures:

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SURVEY MONKEY Create a a survey and use it with your classes:

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PLICKERS Lets you poll your class for free, without the need for student devices. Just give each student a paper a card (a "paper clicker"), and use your iPhone/iPad to scan them to do instant-checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Your data is autamatically saved, student-by-student, at Here you can see it in action: and here is a brief description of how to set it up:

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BBC LEARNING ENGLISH has English phrases, grammar, pronunciation , vocabuary, 6 minute videos for learning English, and lots more - it is an excellent resource.

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BBC NEWS gives you world news with text and vidoes:

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NEWS IN LEVELS provides listening practice for news items at 3 different levels:

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BBC RADIO iPLAYER: Listen to a range of radio broadcasts as well as podcasts, e.g. "In Our Time" which deals with topics such as Art, History, Maths, Philiosophy, Science:

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BUSUU is a free App for learning languages:

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DUOLINGO is a free App for learning languages. It adapts to your level of language based on your answers.


CAMDICTIONARY scans texts and translate them into different languages:

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GOOGLE TRANSLATE allows you to record your voice in any language and play back the translation in 90+ other languages, as well as see the written translation.

This means learners can say things in English and find out if their pronunication is correct. There is also a device for scanning and translating written text:

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COURSERA Join 19 million people doing free university courses in all kinds of subjects - in fact, there are over 1,000 courses to choose from! Fantastic!


iTUNES U The iTunes University provides access to numerous arts and science university courses and lectures:

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TED Listen to fascinating talks by fantastic speakers, with subtitles if needed:


5sGIF Make free 5 second animated GIFS using your photos and video:


STOP MOTION Make animated videos of objetcs or people from your photos for as long as you like. Use them as part of presentations, explanations, etc.

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AURASMA This augmented reality App allows you to scan an image - a word, a picture, a drawing, a wall poster - and then attach a video to it which will play when someone scans it with their smartphone. It can be used to talk about a topic, explain how to solve a problem, talk about a book, almost anything. Watch the following tutorials on how to make and use them, and then get learners to create their own examples:Quick denmo for teachers: and Step by step guide: and Making an Aurasma for your classroom: and best of all for teaching ideas:


CHATTERKID Draw a mouth on any picture, record yourself saying something, decorate the picture if you want, then send it to someone to look and listen:


MSQRD Transform the way you look with amazing and funny face masks and effects, e.g. turn into a panda or a monster. Save and share photos, videos and speech on WhatsApp, Facebook, etc.


DICE ROLLER If you are in the classroom and you need one, two or three dice for a game and you do not have any with you, then use dice roller:

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Here is an App called ICT Teaching which has lots of ideas and videos showing you how to use IT in your teaching:

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Here are apps from Cambridge University Press:

Here are apps for an ipad:

Here is a link for more teaching tools: and here is one example you might like to try out for telling stories:

Apps from the British Council:

Apps from Oxford University Press:

Here are 15 great free android apps:

Here are apps from Macmillan publishers: I strongly recommend you download the free App for the Sound Chart as it allows you to hear all the phonemes of English and practise writing them.

WORDREFERENCE: You can download this as an App on your smartphone to help you find the equivalent of English words in your own language.


Use ready-made presentations or create your own and then your learners can access them and do a variety of learning tasks on their mobile devices:

Visit this website, watch the introductory video, and start making interactive Apps for learning:


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Go to and create an account. Then create a quiz with 4 options for answers. Tell learners to go to on their mobile devices, enter the PIN number for the game, give themselves a nickname, and then play the game as a class. Great fun!


This is similar to Kahoot (above) but has more options and allows your learners to answer questions on any internet device in the classroom. Play real-time quizzes, do immediate surveys in class, or play a space race game. It provides you with reports on the progress and performance of learners. Watch the introduction at:

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WEBINAR on using Apps and games

Watch the Cambridge Exams webinar on making learning fun with Apps and Games: