THE 7 BEST APPS FOR LEARNING ENGLISH
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Love it or hate it, technology is here to stay, so it makes sense to embrace it and use it to your advantage. Learning a language may not seem like the most likely partner with technology but you’d be surprised at what is available these days. Indeed, gone are the days of sitting all alone with your textbook learning vocabulary words and grammar rules on your own. No, these days there’s an app for that!
As a TEFL teacher teaching English abroad, there is no reason why you can’t introduce these apps to your students to help them learn English even when they’re not in the EFL classroom. Besides, we know our students love to use the internet all the time, so why not take advantage of that?
The best apps to use for self-study
Duolingo is a very popular language learning app. It utilises spaced repetition to tailor-make exercises specifically for your language journey. This app is especially useful for Beginner learners but its gamification ensures it is enjoyed equally by learners of all levels.
Babbel is an app which introduces you immediately to everyday conversations and useful vocabulary so that you can start to speak as soon as you want to.
Speak English is an app which is perfect to help your students with their pronunciation and to get them talking. They can listen to native speakers talking about a topic and then record themselves repeating the phrase and compare the two.
The best smartphone apps to introduce to your TEFL class
While apps are usually used by individuals on their own, you can also make use of these apps in the classroom.
FluentU is an app that uses authentic videos in order to teach English in a natural, conversational manner. It can easily be used by EFL teachers if they want to use material their students would find interesting without having to scour YouTube for appropriate content.
Grammar Up is an app which can be used for individual assessment purposes. Learners can choose an aspect of grammar they want to focus on and test themselves in order to “grammar up” and move to the next level. This can be very handy for students who finish an activity early.
Words With Friends is an app which involves a scrabble-like game in which students can win points for words. It can be played in pairs or teams to help students practise spelling and vocabulary.
Head’s Up is an app which makes use of a popular guessing game. A student must hold their phone to their forehead and their teammates must explain the word on the screen for them to guess. As you can imagine, this is not an easy game but definitely a way to introduce energy into your classroom.
Apps are a very popular way of learning a language and you should definitely encourage your students to make use of them when learning English as a foreign language. Bring them into the classroom and your students will soon see how much fun they are and how addictive they can be.
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- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.