Monday, January 30, 2017

Five Must-try Educational Applications to Help Improve Your English Language Proficiency

Today's digital market provides other means to study for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam besides the traditional methods.  Students can now learn using social media. For instance, they can watch English language tutorials in YouTube or study the tips and infographics displayed in Facebook pages. Moreover, they can surf the Internet for some online formats (e.g., ePub, Adobe Reader) of English language textbooks.

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Did you know that there are mobile applications that can teach you English? These applications can help you expand your vocabulary, pronounce words correctly, improve your word usage, improve reading comprehension, etc.

You can utilize these applications to hone your language skills for the IELTS exam. If you are enrolled in an IELTS review center in the Philippines, you can pair these applications with your lessons to maximize your study time. For example, you can use Speak English Fluently—an application for English speaking and listening skills development—when practicing for the IELTS Speaking and Listening components. (There are IELTS review centers in Baguio, Davao, Cebu and other key areas that offer accurate assessment of your language abilities.)

Here are five must-try educational applications to help improve your English proficiency:

1.)    Rosetta Stone – If you have a little to no knowledge about English language, this app is perfect for you. Rosetta Stone is tailored to help non-native speakers of the English language. It teaches words by using pictures. First, it will show images of subjects (e.g., a log, a nut and a squirrel). Then it will show a scenario using those subjects (e.g., the squirrel is sitting on a log while eating a nut). Furthermore, it has a speech recognition technology that can give comments about your pronunciation.

2.)    Memrise  – This application turns your word memorization into a planting activity for your “garden of memories.” Every new word you acquired is treated like a seed that you will need to cultivate through studying lessons and taking tests until it grows into a flower in your “long-term memory.”  After the flower has fully blossomed, you will need to review it occasionally to keep it from withering. Aside from downloading this game to further your vocabulary skills, you may avail the services of an IELTS review center. There are IELTS centers in Baguio, Cebu, Manila and other key cities.

3.)     Duolingo – You may want to download this “best language-learning app” according to The Wall Street Journal. Duolingo explains at least seven new words based on a variety of topics such as education, science, etc. After each lesson, it provides various tasks—speaking, translating, answering multiple choice questions—to help you practice those words. It can also design exercises to help you memorize words you are having difficulty remembering.

4.)    Hello English – Do you want a more interactive application where you can chat with teachers? Then try Hello English, one of Google’s best 2016 applications. With this application, you can ask a teacher about grammar and translation. Furthermore, it has 475 interactive lessons and games about reading, writing, listening and speaking. It also utilizes daily news to practice your vocabulary and pronunciation.

5.)    English Idioms and Phrases  – You will probably encounter idiomatic expressions in an English-speaking county, and it would be awkward if you interpreted them literally. Just imagine if you thought “break a leg” to mean as impairing ones’ legs? Though you can learn some idiomatic expressions in an IELTS review center in the Philippines, it would be great to download an application that you can access anytime, anywhere. English Idioms and Phrases has more than 3,500 idioms and phrasal verbs. It also features quizzes, English proverbs and American slangs.

Overall, going beyond the traditional method of learning is an advantageous way to aid your study. Students can use social media or the Internet, or download applications to study lessons that may not be covered by traditional learning methods. 


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