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Great English Learning Apps

Have a few minutes left of class but nothing to do? Looking for a great way to reward students or encourage them to learn English in their own free time? Check out these great English learning apps for your smartphone or tablet.
English Nina

I thought this game might have been a little lame but my kindergarten and elementary school kids were really into it. The kids listen to English words and then select the correct box on the screen. If they're correct the ninja will punch through enemies until the end of the level. You can also chose different characters to play as and there's a super cute girl nina as well. The first few levels are free and then I think you need to pay money, but many of my kids just played the free levels over and over again.

Check out the free version of English Ninja on itunes here

Spelling Test

Over 827,000 students have used Spelling Test by FunExam.com to get better spelling test scores and improve their grades. Students have fun creating their own spelling tests and keeping track of their own scores. Your students are making their own spelling games. Spelling Test can also be used by students to practice phonics, vocabulary words, and foreign languages. 
Great for, and it's also a great app for highly motivated kids

VocabularySpellingCity is a fun way to learn spelling and vocabulary words by playing engaging games using any word list. The most popular activities are Spelling TestMe, HangMouse, and vocabulary and phonics games, available to Premium Members. The most popular word lists are Sound Alikes, Compound Words, Hunger Games and SAT Words. The free app includes ten of our most popular learning activities and ten of our most popular word lists.

Spelling TestMe is a spelling test that reads each word aloud, uses it in a sentence, and repeats the word. Students can work at their own pace and receive instant feedback upon submitting the completed test.

Tips about using apps in class

Some parents of school directors might not be too thrilled if the kids spend all of class time playing games of your phone, but if you encourage the children to repeat all the words in a loud voice, it's a great learning experience for them and they will get more out of the game.

I would also recommend limiting play time to ten minutes, but games a great way to distract children if they arrive too early to class or their parents are late picking them up.

Know any other great English learning apps for kids? Feel free to comment below.

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