Keba! English for Kids (ESL), an app for iOS and Android, engages young English learners with three broad categories of lessons: animals, children, and fruits & vegetables. Each of these categories has several subcategories of lessons that integrate audio, animation, and photos. The images are bright, simple, and easy to understand for the youngest audience. For example, a section about animals includes a crowing rooster, a jumping kangaroo, and a squirrel crunching a nut. Child-appealing characters describe the pictures using simple words; the voices are talented native-speaking actors. In addition, the app has hilarious sounds for children to play with, making it engaging for young learners. Cost: Free
Culips offers an app for iOS and Android that includes more than 60 ESLpodcasts for students to listen to. The app covers a variety of subjects and has a search filter to find podcasts on specific topics.
From Wordoor Technology comes Pop On, a freeapp for iOS and Android that allows students to learn a language by connecting directly with native speakers from more than 100 different countries and regions.
“Supporting English Language Learners: Resources for Leaders” is a free self-paced, onlinecourse developed by the staff of the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University. Understanding Language’s vision is to increase college, career, and community readiness for all students—especially English learners (ELs)—by transforming the quality of their educational experiences.