12 Online Tools to Make Language Learning More FUN & Diverse

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12 Online Tools to Make Language Learning FUN & Diverse

Teaching a foreign language to school kids can be quite tough. They lose their focus. They don’t understand most of the things you’re saying. They make many mistakes on their way to mastering the language.

As teachers, we have a responsibility to make the gap between the native and a foreign language easy to surpass. I mean, the language classroom is the obvious place for setting students’ minds free, isn’t it? This should be a fun and diverse process.

You understand the complexity of learning and teaching a language. You know it involves trial and error.

Is there a way to do the trial without the error? Well, if you use tried and tested tools that support language learning, you’ll have pretty high chances for success.

Let’s list those tools, shall we? Here are 12 online tools to make language learning FUN & diverse:

            1. BusyTeacher

Img 1_BusyteacherThis one is for ESL teachers, but you can easily adjust the materials to teach any foreign language.

You get printable worksheets and lesson plans that engage students to the highest level possible. For example, you get a worksheet for Mulan Movie Activities. It includes watching and listening activities, and a fun test to accompany them.

            2. Duolingo

Img 2_DuolingoAdmit it: you’ve been using it, too. If you haven’t tried Duolingo, do it today. Pick a foreign language and start learning.

Onto the point: how can you use it in the classroom? Well, pick the language you’re teaching and instruct your students how to use the app. Needless to say, you should make sure they all have access to Internet-connected devices at home if you’re introducing the tool.

Then, you can monitor how they are making progress at their own pace. The app makes language learning addictive through different games and activities. It’s the kind of addiction you want for your students. 

            3. MindSnacks

Img 3_MindSnacksThis app gives your students new things to learn every single day. The mind snacks are games based on proven techniques that boost the grammar and vocabulary skills of language learners.

You can play these games during the classes, but you can also recommend the app to the students and their parents.

              4. Quizlet

Img 4_Quizlet

With Quizlet, you can create your own classroom sets and provide engaging learning materials for your students. You can also connect with other teachers, so you’ll benefit from their experiences and share yours.

See how Quizlet’s simple tools can help you learn anything, from beginning algebra, to AP US History, to college level econometrics — and beyond.

             5. Vocabulary.co.il

Img 5_Vocabulary.co.ilVocabulary building is not a piece of cake. It’s a process that requires time, determination, and some creativity. This online tool gives you a fun way to help your students build vocabulary skills.

It’s aimed at ESL learners. If you’re teaching another language, you can explore the resources and adjust the games for your own classroom. The Foreign Language Games section gives you great word match activities you can use right away.

            6. Memrise

Img 6_MemriseThis online resource provides 200+ courses created by expert linguists. Explore those courses. See how those experts engage the learners in their approach. You can learn a lot from them. 

A learning adventure that fits in your pocket and translates to useful, real-life language skills. Your superpowers, unlocked.

              7. Pixton

Img 7_Pixton“My students love creating their own stories with comics even if it’s in a foreign language. You can assign team projects and ask them to develop comic stories with this tool. You can create your own comics to explain the concepts you’re teaching through a visual presentation,” says Judie Lewis, a language teacher with Essayontime. “Pixton will definitely make your teaching more engaging and visually perceptible.”

              8. Storyboard That

Img 8_StoryboardThatThis is another tool for digital storytelling. It’s similar to Pixton, so you can pick the one you prefer. It features an impressive library of characters and scenes from antiquity to the space age. You can customize the scenes with dialogues in the language you’re teaching.

              9. Linguician

Img 9_LinguicianYou already teach your students how to sing songs, right? All language teachers implement that method. It’s not only because singing is fun. It’s also because it gives rhythm, which makes pronunciation easier.

Linguician is a tool that supports the process of learning by listening to music. It gives you suggestions, so you can pick songs and help your students build their vocabulary as they listen. The app also gives you multiple choice tests, which help you evaluate the listening skills of your students.

             10. Speech Yard

Img 10_SpeechyardWith this tool, you can help your students learn the language by watching movies. They will get subtitles for all movies. They can click on unknown words and see the translation. They can add new words to their library, so they can practice.

There’s a great collection of movies, cartoons, documentaries, and music videos to explore.

             11. This Is Language

Img 11_ThisislanguageWhy are your students learning this language? It’s not about the grades. It’s about the experience. Foreign languages open their horizons. They help them connect with other cultures. Why don’t you help them connect with the cultured native of that language while they are learning it?

This is the tool that helps you do that. You get authentic language videos that represent the culture you’re trying to bring closer.

              12. Language Tool

Img 12_LanguageToolCreativity is necessary for the classroom. I’m not talking about your students; I’m talking about you, the teacher. Your students will appreciate a different approach. When you make them relaxed and engaged, you can rest assured they will learn better.

Have you tried some of the tools above? Do you have other tools to recommend? Share your experience!   

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