Do your ESL students seem bored or uninterested in your lessons?
There’s an app for that!
Do you have scraps of hastily written notes and half-baked lesson plans scattered across your desk?
There’s an app for that!
In the 21st century, there’s really no excuse for boring lesson plans or disorganized ESL materials.
There are apps for pretty much every teaching task you could possibly think of, which makes teaching a whole lot more interesting for both you and your English students.
If you’re an ESL teacher with an Android device, I have good news: There are plenty of teaching apps out there just for you. Charge your phone and get ready to download these amazing tools!
How Can English Teachers Use Android Apps?
Apps can help you, the teacher, in numerous ways. Here are a few examples of what you can accomplish with teaching apps:
- Design lesson plans
- Keep track of homework assignments
- Create vocabulary flashcard sets
- Stay in contact with your students and their parents so everyone is on the same page
- Incorporate audio clips, videos and images into your lesson plans
- Give students a chance to practice their English in form of a game
When used appropriately, apps will enhance your students’ learning experience. They give you the ability to diversify your lessons and keep the learning experience fun and interesting for your students.
Top 10 Android Apps for English Teachers
FluentU for Android is a great resource for English educators.
FluentU takes authentic videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.
But FluentU is about more than just videos: Students also get access to interactive flashcards and vocab lists, annotated subtitles and personalized quizzes that evolve as they learn.
To make the most of this app, you can create a school account so both you and your students can access it. (There’s a free trial!) Ask your students to download it and assign tasks and exercises within the app. If they don’t have phones, don’t worry, they can also access FluentU on their web browsers.
You could also use the app to show videos in your classroom. After the video, go over questions and tasks together with your students and engage in a lively discussion about what they saw.
Google Classroom is an app specifically designed for teachers who work in a classroom setting. It allows you to present paperless lessons, and within these lessons, you can link to and share internet resources with your students, adding more engaging layers to your lessons.
Additionally, you can use Google Classroom to assign tasks, projects and homework assignments, and it allows you to stay in constant contact with your students even when they’re at home.
Google Classroom is free to use.
As an ESL teacher, there’s a good chance you don’t speak your students’ native languages. Google Translate can be extremely useful if you ever need to translate something from English into your students’ mother tongue. It helps bridge comprehension gaps and enhance your students learning.
And it’s free!
Sometimes students will ask about the definition of a word you’re not quite sure about, so it’s always a good idea to have a dictionary on hand. But why bother with a heavy, cumbersome book? Download this app for easy access to one of the world’s most reliable dictionaries.
Not only is this a great resource for you, but I recommend encouraging your students to download it, too. That way, the next time they ask you about a word, you can tell them to look it up! Then you can have a class discussion about the word and clarify any misunderstandings.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary is free to download with a paid version available.
This is a great app for keeping your syllabi organized. Once you set up your account, create a space for each of your ESL classes. For an individual class, you can list upcoming assignments, quizzes and other resources that may be relevant.
There’s also a feature that lets you instant message with your students, so if you need to check on their progress or one of them has a question, it’s easy to stay in touch outside of class.
With Edmodo, connect with any other teachers who have Edmodo accounts. You can share lesson plan ideas and resources and learn from your colleagues both near and far!
Download Edmodo for free.
The Evernote app is a great organizational tool. Create lists, keep notes for class and store lesson plan outlines all in one convenient location.
Within the app, you can create digital notebooks that contain text, photos, audio clips, videos and PDFs that you can share with your students in class.
Evernote is free to download.
As you may have guessed, TED is the TED Talks app. It’s one of the most useful apps for English teachers in my opinion. The app includes more than 3,000 TED Talks on topics ranging from food to science to history and more!
You can use TED Talk videos to enhance just about any ESL lesson. The videos include subtitles in over 100 languages, so for lower level students, you can use English audio accompanied by subtitles in their native language. You can build whole lessons around a TED Talk or use it as an engaging introduction to a topic or unit.
TED is free to use.
Are you ready to take your lessons to the next level? Then it’s time to download Kahoot!
The idea behind Kahoot! is that learning is and should be fun.
Use this app to create English language quizzes and engaging homework assignments. You can also design your own games and trivia to help students practice the English material or review for an upcoming exam.
The best part? Kahoot! is free.
Explain Everything Whiteboard
This is a nice app for designing lessons to share in your classroom. You start with a whiteboard and can add text, graphs, images, audio, video and just about anything you can think of. You can either present this to your class or share it with them so that they can view the lesson on their own device.
There’s a lot of flexibility built into this app. For example, maybe you want to design your own English grammar worksheet or English word puzzle. With this app, you can easily create your own materials and share them with your students without wasting paper.
The basic version is free, but you’ll have to pay to upgrade to the pro version.
The italki app is a little different from the other Android apps on this list. This resource can help you make a little extra income with your teaching skills.
Download the app and sign in. The app unites teachers and students for one-on-one speaking sessions. List your services and how much you charge for your time, then get ready to converse with ESL learners from every continent!
Tip: Recommend it to your students! Chatting on italki is a great way for them to practice conversational English with a live, native English speaker outside of your classroom.
You can download italki for free. Teachers make money using the app, and students pay for the teachers’ services.
These Android apps for English teachers will make your life easier and keep your students engaged in your ESL lessons. Download them now and upgrade your ESL teaching for the 21st century!