My current top 10 Apps for Language Learning
1. Puppet Pals and Sock Puppets
We can have fun creating and recording dialogues, with many opportunities for practising and perfecting pronunciation. Many students have a ‘Eureka’ moment using this app, upon realizing what they need to do to their voice to make themselves sound more French! These apps work well as a starter or as a plenary as well as the main creative content of our lesson.
2. Anispy – Animal I-Spy
Brilliant for studying animals in French. We can learn and practice gender, spelling and pronunciation of the names of some common animals. Great for homework!
3. Moodboard/Corkulous/Moxier Collage
We create boards containing words and pictures and we love using these for brainstorming. Our favourite project with these was creating digital ‘posters’ containing reasons to learn a foreign language.
4. Make a Monster/Pocoyize/Make a Martian/Picturizr
These visually appealing apps enable us to create characters (monsters or cartoon characters), which can be used when learning the words for parts of the body and clothes respectively. Great fun!
We create ‘songs’ by saying the words that we need to learn and Songify adds a funky backing track. You need to listen carefully to hear the words, which helps the learning process.
6. Voice Recorder/Quick Voice
We can record episodes of a lesson to take home. We love recording the songs that we sing in class (quite often raps using Songify) and use them at home to revisit and revise elements of the lesson. We can also help those who have been absent by giving them the recording
7. Photocard and Photocard Lite
This app lets you import an image, as well as write, record and address a postcard. We have used them for plenaries, where we use a screenshot of our work as the image and write down 3 key things that we learnt. We have also written postcards about imaginary holidays, created direct mail, written down what we know before we study a topic … Students like sending them to one another, so it is a great way to introduce peer assessment.
8. Strip Design
We can create a storyboard around a situation (meeting someone for the first time), a theme (colours or classroom instructions) or a location (in my schoolbag). Great for sequencing ideas too.
Exactly like Keynote on a laptop! We’ve used keynote to showcase our learnings, display projects, reinforce vocabulary and create peer teaching episodes. Traditional, yes, but still a great favourite.
10. Idea Sketch/i-Brainstorm/Mindmap
As well as brainstorming, we’ve used these apps for plenaries, pre-assessment and drawing Family Trees. A fun way to present ideas in a non-linear format.
Many of these apps help us to create work that looks professional and helps us to use our talents in visual literacy as well as practice our language skills! Enjoy!