Nowadays, mobile devices have made it easier to do almost everything. From playing games, to learning languages. They have enabled the learners and teachers of second language, to constantly practice and speed up their learning times. Mobile apps can be used for a lot of purposes in ESL situations, such as:
- Vocabulary building: There are hundreds of mobile apps that introduce vocabulary words and help students build their vocabulary while on the go. For instance, the Exceller Vocabulary App contains vocabulary acquisition and enrichment exercises, consisting of oral-pronunciation, multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank activities.
- Reading comprehension: Exceller also offers a Reading App that tests students’ reading comprehension skills. Students are given passages and essays to read then must answer questions related to the content, building their comprehension.
- Pronunciation: While there are a lot of dictionary apps that offer text to speech translations, that doesn’t help the students retain the language. Exceller’s Dialogues App prompts students to listen to a phrase and record their own voice repeating that phrase. Students can then listen to playback and hear for themselves how closely they mimicked it. This improves both their pronunciation and retention.
It’s a safe assumption to say that your ESL student most likely owns a smart phone or has access to a tablet – since the gadgets are so prevalent all over the world. These mobile devices are incredible tools for ESL teachers, specifically, here are three benefits in using mobile apps for ESL learning:
- Convenience: The students can actually study at any time of the day, without having to wait for classes to start, and this is good as their brain keeps exercising at all times, instead of just in the classroom.
- Efficiency: Similarly, students can study at all times, using applications that, after feedback and testing, have perfected their designs for being efficient and easy to use. This means that the apps are generally designed to waste the least possible amount of time, and provide the students a streamlined and guided way of learning. This puts students at a higher efficiency level.
- Engagement: Language apps are usually designed in a way that would keep today’s tech-savvy students engaged, and interaction with the app can allow for a holistic development in the language processing regions of the brain.
When it comes to English for beginners, the Exceller ESL software program and mobile apps offer a well-rounded learning experience for students on the go. We use an “integrated skills approach,” which incorporates writing, reading, listening, speaking and grammar, students learn quicker and have higher success rates and dramatically improved understanding and retention in students. Our program is specially designed to cover two semesters’ equivalent of education, which offers students quicker and easier options for learning.
Students with Apple mobile devices (like iPhone or iPad), can access our downloadable Exceller apps on Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Acquisition and Pronunciation Practice as well as apps that cover many English Grammar topics.