Online Tools to Master Language Skills
Technology in education has become an integral part of most students’ lives. There are now more resources and tools online than ever before. The following tools focus on mastering English language skills. But whatever language you are learning, you will be able to find tools online to help you on your journey.
Busuu is one of the largest language exchange communities online. It is free to join and will connect you with native speakers across the globe. You can also use the provided flashcards and quizzes to help you practice critical phrases and vocabulary before starting a conversation with anyone.
- Online Learning Platforms
If you prefer a more formal one-on-one approach with professional teachers to help your speaking practice, you should consider a learning platform. Choose from Italian, German or Portuguese, amongst many others!
- Learning with texts
Choose from an extensive catalog of articles, books, magazines, and other texts. You paste parts of the text from your chosen source into the app, and it will provide you with definitions of words to help you expand your vocabulary. You can also create your flashcards to help you remember them and, more importantly, use them!
- Breaking News English
Improve your knowledge of current world events and your reading skills simultaneously. Each news article is followed by comprehension questions to check your understanding and define any new vocabulary. Choose from 6 different levels. You can also select news articles that fall into one of your areas of interest.
This language learning app helps you develop your vocabulary through games, stories, podcasts, and contextualized phrases and words. It focuses on useful everyday vocabulary and key phrases. It operates on the principle of implicit learning for grammar, so you won’t need to sit through any boring grammar explanations. Lessons are short and effective, so you can spend less time and learn more.
Quizlet focuses on helping you learn new vocabulary with flashcards and quizzes. The app introduces any new vocabulary and then asks you to complete quiz-like activities to check what you have learned. Quizlet has audio recordings so you can check the pronunciation of new words. You can also create your own flashcard sets if you can’t find them in their library.
- British Council
The British Council offers a wealth of apps to help you master English grammar. This app takes you through 25 grammar topics, 600 interactive activities, and thousands of questions, from fill-in-the-blanks to multiple-choice and word matching. You can choose either English or American English. The British Council app Johnny Grammar’s Word Challenge is an excellent companion to this app.
- Tune In Radio
TuneIn is a free radio platform with over 100,000 stations Listen to sports news, music, and chat shows, and the daily news is completely free.
- Lyrics Training
Learn vocabulary and improve your listening skills and grammar via your favorite English and American songs. Lyrics Training provides gap-fills for you to complete with the lyrics of some popular songs by well-known artists. Improve your English as well as your karaoke skills!
- Coffee Break Languages
Improve your listening skills and expand your vocabulary… on your coffee break! Tune in to podcasts on useful everyday topics expanding your knowledge of phrases, vocabulary, and grammar. All podcasts are kept short and sweet to fit into your busy schedule.
You can find anything and everything on YouTube. Whatever you watch will help you tune your ears to the language, get used to different accents, and expand your vocabulary knowledge.