Here are some Apps for learning English and other CLIL subjects on your phone - and on your learners' phones! Just go to the App store on your phone and install them.

The SOUND CHART (Macmillan) for learners to recognise and use the sounds of English:

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THE PHRASAL VERBS MACHINE (CUP) provides cartoons that demonstrate the meaning of the phrasal verbs and then provides practice using them:

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PHRASALSTEIN Another free app from CUP for learning phrasal verbs. The meaning is illustrated in cartoons, and then there are exercises to practise them.


Encourage learners to download the FREE DICTIONARY BY FARLEX App and tell them they can learn the "Word of the Day" every day and read the "Article of the Day" and other texts, as well as play hangman, spelling bee and other games at 3 different levels:

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ADVANCED ENGLISH DICTIONARY AND THESAURUS has more than 1.4 million words:

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WORDREFERENCE allows you to find translations of words in other languages or equivalent expressions if there is no direct translation:


WHATSAPP - use this to create class groups where learners can be in touch with you and one another to ask questions about classes, homework tasks, exchange useful links and ideas for lerning English, sound files, and send you pictures you can use for class speaking activities:


QUIZLET enables students to play 6 games to learn sets of vocabulary and if you sign up (free) you can create your own specific sets for your learners:


ANIMOTO You and your learners can make your own videos with pictures or video extracts.

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VOICETHREAD Record yourself talking about a topic, marking homework, and commenting on spoken homework tasks your learners have done.

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PREZI Watch and make your own presentations on Prezi:


POETRY This App allows you to find poems which match different themes (e.g. optimism, doubt, disapointment, joy, etc.) with different topics (e.g. life, youth, love, family, etc.). You can read or listen to some of them. Idea: encourage learners to find a poem they like, learn it by heart, and recite it to the class and comment on why they chose it.


Use MAILVU to record video messages using your PC or your smartphone and send them to someone by email. You can use this to get learners to send you their speaking homework.


GOOGLE EARTH allows you to go to any location on earth, zoom in, and walk around a location in 3D. Great as part of a presentation on places you have visited in the world!

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SKITCH allows you to draw arrows on pictures and add text. Ideal for pictures you want to use as part of a presentation, or for sending postcards of places you have visited.


TELLAGAMI is a mobile App that lets you create and share a quick animated video. You can choose what your animated character looks like. Click here for a teacher tutorial on how you can use it for telling stories, describing processes, making a postcard about a place you have visited, sending messages with your own pictures, etc:


Here is an App tutorial on how you can use Google Earth, Skitch and Tellagami together:

HOWJSAY is a pronunciation dictionary that can also deal with names, place names, and all school subject words. It costs £1.99.


CRAM allows learners to make their own flashcards cards for words, pictures, etc. with the answer on the back. They can also add hints as to the answer. Useful tool for revision.


WORDSALAD is an App for finding ready-made wordclouds or for creating your own with different shapes, colours and fonts:


SURVEY MONKEY Create surveys you can use with your classes:

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BBC LEARNING ENGLISH has English phrases, grammar, pronunciation , vocabuary, 6 minute videos for learning English, and lots more - it is an excellent resource.

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BBC NEWS gives you world news with text and vidoes:

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NEWS IN LEVELS provides listening practice for news items at 3 different levels:

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BBC RADIO iPLAYER Listen to a range of radio broadcasts as well as podcasts, e.g. "In Our Time" which deals with topics such as Art, History, Maths, Philiosophy, Science:

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BUSUU is a free APP for learning languages:

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DUOLINGO is a free App for learning languages. It adapts to your level of language based on your answers.


CAMDICTIONARY scans texts and translate them into different languages:

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GOOGLE TRANSLATE allows you to record your voice in any language and play back the translation in 90+ other languages, as well as see the written translation, and there is a device for scanning and translating written text:

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COURSERA Join over 11 million people doing free university courses in all kinds of subjects - maths, statstics, biology,chemistry, art, music, etc. etc. etc. There are over 1,000 courses to choose from. Fantastic!


iTUNES U The iTunes University provides access to numerous arts and science university courses and lectures:

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TED Listen to fascinating talks by fantastic speakers, with subtitles if needed:


BUBBL.US is a free App for making mind maps:

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XMIND is another free mindmapping App:

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5sGIF Make free 5 second animated GIFS using your photos and video:


CHATTERKID Draw a mouth on any picture, record yourself saying something, decorate the picture if you want, then send it to someone to look and listen:



Here are apps from Cambridge University Press:

Here are apps for an ipad:

Here is a link for more teaching tools: and here is one example you might like to try out for telling stories:

Apps from the British Council:

Apps from Oxford University Press:

Here are 15 great free android apps:

Here are apps from Macmillan publishers: I strongly recommend you download the free App for the Sound Chart as it allows you to hear all the phonemes of English and practise writing them.


PLICKERS Lets you poll your class for free, without the need for student devices. Just give each student a paper a card (a "paper clicker"), and use your iPhone/iPad to scan them to do instant-checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Your data is autamatically saved, student-by-student, at Here you can see it in action: and here is a brief description of how to set it up:

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STOP MOTION Make animated videos of objetcs or people from your photos for as long as you like. Use them as part of presentations, explanations, showing how a process works, how to set up an experiment, make a machine work, etc.

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AURASMA This augmented reality App allows you to scan an image - a word, a picture, a drawing, a wall poster - and then attach a video to it which will play when someone scans it with their smartphone. It can be used to talk about a topic, explain how to solve a maths problem, describe and show an experiment, describe a picture, almost anything. Watch the following tutorials on how to make and use them, and then get learners to create their own examples:Quick denmo for teachers: and Step by step guide: and Making an Aurasma for your classroom: and best of all for teaching ideas:



KHAN ACADEMY has thousands of video presentations for Maths, Science, IT, Economics, Arts and Humanities:

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WOLFRAM ALPHA provides answers to questions that are computable, providing answers about facts, numbers, graphs, properties of materials - in fact, about every subject and and everything:

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BIONINJA is a free biology app and has standard and higher level revision activities, quizzes, and pictures.


Here are some Apps for Biology: bodybxq heart, Visual Anatomy, Human Anatomy and Human Anatomy Quiz:

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ELEMENTS 4D Visit this website, download the App, and learn about elements in 3 dimensions and 4 dimensions:

Here is where you download the paper version:

And the App looks like this:



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NUCLEAR With this interactive App for CHEMISTRY and PHYSICS you can explore and create atoms in the Periodic Table:






With MATH FIGHT pairs of learners can see who is quickest at adding, subtracting, etc at diffierent levels of difficulty - the first to answer wins points. Great fun and good for mental arithmetic.

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CREATE A GRAPH Great App for making graphs

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MYSCRIPT CALCULATOR allows you to turn your handwritten calculations into script:

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SKETCHOMETRY allows you to convert instantly hand drawings into geometric constructions which can be modified, rotated and dragged around. Great for exploring Euclidean geometry.


GEOGEBRA You can download this excellent maths App on your ipad:


PHOTO MATH: scan a printed/typed equation, and it will show all the stages of the calculation to work out the answer!

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GCSE HISTORY is an App for revising for the GCSE History exam for 14-16 year old learners:



GEOGUESSER is a geography game. It will select a place in the world, or a famous place or city, and you have to guess where it is. You can look around and move along and win points depending on how close your guess is.


GCSE GEOGRAPHY is an App for revising for the GCSE Geography exam for 14-16 year old learners:




Choose from a list of activity "themes" and then select a game to use with learners.



Your personal video trainer for free! Camera with adjustable delay on playback. Great for fitness and sports.

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SPRINT TIMER is a unique sports timer and photo finish app that employs the same techniques as the fully automatic timing equipment (FAT) used at the Olympics. Start the timer and point the camera towards the finish line.

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HUDL TECHNIQUE Record. Analyze. Improve. Athletes and coaches in more than 40 sports use Hudl Technique to improve through slow motion video analysis. Use your iPhone, iTouch or iPad camera to record and break down your technique for instant feedback during a practice, race or game.

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VIDEO TAGGER is a unique and powerful video analysis and assessment tool that makes it possible to capture and tag sports performance.

Start recording and tap the customisable buttons to tag performance as it happens. The app will record a few seconds either side of the tap.

Continue this for the duration of the performance and when finished video montages will be compiled with the highlights you identified.

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For a demonstration of how it is used in sport, see the following youtube video:

SLOPRO Shoot video at a high speed then play it back in sllloooooww motion.


BITGYM upgrades your cardio machine with stunning interactive trails from around the world.


SWORKIT: WORKOUT & PLANS was voted #1 in an American College of Sports Medicine study by Florida University on instructional exercise standards. No more gym, or weights, or excuses. Sworkit is the workout program for people who have felt too busy to workout, beginners, athletes, travelers, people with injuries, the young, the old.

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This App has flashcards for ART HISTORY:


MAGNUS - THE ART WORLD IN YOUR POCKET Take a photo of any work and the app tells you everything you need to know – the name of the artist, price, the gallery in which it is on display and artist’s exhibition history. This is basically the Holy Grail of art apps.

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WIKIART is an absolute must for art lovers. It gives you access to one of the largest online repositories of fine art, with more than 2000 artists and 110,000 artworks from across the globe.



Here is an App for ICT Teaching:

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Use ready-made presentations or create your own and then your learners can access them and do a variety of learning tasks on their mobile devices:

Visit this website, watch the introductory video, and start making interactive Apps for learning:



Go to and create an account. Then create a quiz with 4 options for answers. Tell learners to go to on their mobile devices, enter the PIN number for the game, give themselves a nickname, and then play the game as a class. Great fun!


This is similar to Kahoot (above) but has more options and allows your learners to answer questions on any internet device in the classroom. Play real-time quizzes, do immediate surveys in class, or play a space race game. It provides you with reports on the progress and performance of learners. Watch the introduction at:

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WEBINAR on using Apps

Watch the Cambridge Exams webinar on making learning fun with Apps and Games: