This is part two in a series of blog posts about using apps on your phone or tablet to learn English. As I mentioned in my previous post, we can wax lyrically about the evils of technology but in my opinion, technology is a fantastic way to learn a new language!
Rosetta Stone is a language-learning programme, with a variety of mobile apps, that uses what they call ‘dynamic immersion’. At Oxford English Academy we are firm believers in immersion to learn English, so for this reason I’m a fan of this system. Not everybody may be fortunate enough to learn English in an English speaking country, but this type of ‘dynamic immersion’ may be the next best thing. Instead of using your first language to teach you a new language, you are only instructed in the language you are trying to learn. In that way you are exposed to English a lot more and should therefore acquire the language quicker.
Real Language is not a free app (it costs about $ 30 a month), but with all the features the programme offers, you are bound to get your money’s worth! It offers a variety of language to learn, all of which are graded on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages . It is definitely for the more serious language learners and this can be seen with the user interface and the types of course and modules offered. Students can learn how to chair meetings, book into a hotel or make a dinner reservation. In addition you are given a placement test to ascertain your level. Real Language claims that they have created their programme to ‘replace the textbook’ and it looks to be true with their comprehensive course.
With more and more apps being created and launched every day, there really is a world of choice out there. Find the one that you enjoy and then commit to using it regularly. Before you know it, you’ll be an English expert!