ELL Teaching Tip of the Week: Use iPad Apps
Technology can be a great way of providing English Language Learners with additional language models and vocabulary activities. In my classroom, my English Language Learners are each designated 15 – 20 minutes a day of iPad English time, where they take the iPad and work on designated apps to improve their vocabulary and listening skills. Here are 5 of the apps we use:
1.) Action Words - This app provides students with 4 pictures and a tells them an action word to tap. It has a great variety of different action words including things like: stretching, exercising, climbing etc.
2.) USA Learns – There are actually 4 apps in this series. Each app has 5 units, which progress through a variety of topics that are important to English Language Learners. Students get introduced to the vocabulary words and then get quizzed on the same vocabulary.
3.) ListeningMasterLite – In this app, students spin the wheel to choose a topic. After they choose a topic, they will listen to a brief listening section on that topic. Then, they will be asked questions about their topic.
4.) Comparative Adjectives - This app provides students with 2 or 3 pictures and a tells them to touch the _____ object, using a descriptive adjectives. It has a great variety of different adjectives including things like: angrier, thicker, straighter etc.
5.) TalkPath Listening – This app works on objects and sentences, using pictures and words to describe and quiz students.
What apps do you use with your English Language Learners?
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