Top 10 Apps for Learning English

1. Starfall: Learn to Read

Starfall Learn to read
What does it do? This app is divided into numbered sections, and each section introduces children to a new vowel sound. Children enjoy interactive activities, songs and videos, designed to help them make connections between written and spoken language. The app is brought to life by Zac the Rat, who guides children through the different stages of the app.

  • Age Range: 4 – 7
  • Price: Free
  • Devices you can use it on: iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, Android, Kindle Fire

2. Endless Alphabet

Endless alphabet
What does it do? This is an interactive app designed to help children learn the alphabet and to develop their vocabulary. It combines word games, puzzles and animations and has fantastic graphics (a range of friendly monsters guide children through the different games).

  • Age Range: 4 – 7
  • Price: £8.99
  • Devices you can use it on: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android

3. Mr Thornes Spellbook       

Mr. Thorne's Spellbook
What does it do? This app generates 101 different spelling tests, which require children to spell words correctly and use appropriate capital letters. As you progress through the app, the tests become steadily harder. When a child achieves 10 out of 10 in a spelling test, they unlock a hidden treasure. There are different levels of difficulty to suit a range of ages and children love the challenge of obtaining the treasure.

  • Age Range: 5-8
  • Price: £1.99
  • Devices you can use it on: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

4. Pocket Verbal Ability     

Pocket Verbal Ability

What does it do? This is a collection of 3000 verbal aptitude questions. Users are asked to correct sentences, provide synonyms and antonyms, fill in blanks, and spot grammatical errors, along with a host of other things. This app is ideal if your child is preparing for the 11+, CATs or Common Entrance. The app also benefits older users. Many graduate schemes test applicants verbal reasoning and this is the perfect way to polish your skills.  

  • Age Range: 10+
  • Price: Free
  • Devices you can use it on: iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, Android, Kindle Fire

5. 11+ English Comprehension

11+ English Comprehension

What does it do? This app is part of the Eleven Plus Exams range. The app allows children to use a host of different of revision aids in order to prepare for their 11+ exam. The app tracks your childs progress, provides helpful explanations, times your childs answers and features a motivational leader board. The English Comprehension app contains eight comprehensions on classic tests, and asks children up to 200 questions.

  • Age Range: 8-11
  • Price: £3.99
  • Devices you can use it on: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android

6. Miss Spells Class

Miss Spell's Class

What does it do? This is a quiz game where children battle against the clock to improve their spelling and vocabulary. Users are introduced to commonly misspelled words, which flash up on the screen, and must decide whether they have been spelled correctly. Although children can play alone, they can also play against their friends. If your child is approaching Common Entrance, or simply wants to improve their spelling, this is a brilliant resource.

  • Age Range: 13+
  • Price: Free
  • Devices you can use it on: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, Nook HD

7. Quizlet

Quizlet app

What does it do? If your child is revising for their GCSE or A Level English exams, this app is a great aid for quotation learning. Users create multiple sets of flashcards, and the app tests their knowledge in a series of quizzes. For English students, the digital flashcards can be used to store useful quotations or difficult vocabulary.

  • Age Range: Any age
  • Price: Free
  • Devices you can use it on: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android

8. Swipespeare

Swipespeare

What does it do? This fun app translates Shakespeare into modern day English. Users simply swipe their finger over the section of text they want to translate into modern English and the writing will change. The app contains a free built in Shakespeare dictionary, a free biography of Shakespeare and copies of all of Shakespeares plays (users can toggle between the original plays and the modern translations).

  • Age Range: 12+
  • Price: Free
  • Devices you can use it on: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android

9. Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Merriam Webster app

What does it do? This well-respected dictionary now exists in digital form. Whatever your age, you can check definitions, confirm spellings and expand your vocabulary with this fabulous app. The app has thousands of example sentences, and has innovative features such as Word of the Day and Weekly Challenge Quizzes. Users are able to search words for free even when they are offline.

  • Age Range: Any age
  • Price: Free
  • Devices you can use it on: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Android

10. Grammarly

Grammarly

What does it do? This is an app which checks your writing for potential grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice and style mistakes. Whether you are sending an important email or composing your LinkedIn account, Grammarly will ensure your writing is faultless. Importantly, the app is also a learning tool. Users receive detailed explanations about the mistakes they have made and are sent weekly progress reports.

  • Age Range: Any age
  • Price: Free
  • Devices you can use it on: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, desktop
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