Users of Android devices can experience the most advanced way to learn languages in any setting. Mondly, offered by ATi Studios, is the first VR app for learning a world language featuring speech recognition and chatbot technology. Users can choose from 30 languages and take part in real conversations with virtual characters in Spanish, French, German, English, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, and more. TheVR app provides instant feedback on pronunciation, suggestions that enrich vocabulary, and interactive scenarios that make language learning engaging. Users can take part in realistic dialogues inspired from authentic events—for example, they can make friends on a train to Berlin, order dinner in a restaurant in Tokyo, check into a hotel in Paris, chat with the hotel manager in Rome, or take a taxi ride in Hong Kong. A recent update offers a new type of vocabulary lesson that engages students in learning about topics such as animals, space, fruits, and vegetables. Currently this feature is only available for some language combinations. Costs: $4.99 for Daydream and $3.49 for Android with Google Cardboard.
KidCitizen introduces a new way for K–5 students to engage with US history. In KidCitizen’s interactive episodes, children explore civics and government concepts by investigating primary source photographs from the Library of Congress and connect what they find with their daily lives.
Thanks to an international partnership between the Mexican Ambassador to the US, Martha Bárcena, and the Center for Applied Linguistics, teachers across the United States have free online access to hundreds of multimedia Spanish resources, including complete textbooks, lesson plans, videoclips, and maps.
Are you unsure of where to start in supporting English learners with exceptional needs?Many educators do not receive training in this critical and complex area, and it can be overwhelming to try to figure it all out on their own. In TESOL’s new online course, “Supporting English Learners with Exceptional Needs,” teachers can build their knowledge of English learners with disabilities and engage in discussions, activities, and projects that will prepare them to help learners reach their potential.