Language learning has never been this easy especially with the proliferation of web technologies and mobile apps that enable learners to learn a new language right from the comforts of their own places. From automated language softwares to online tutors available 24/7, learning a new language is no longer a matter of the availability and accessibility of resources but rather a question of will and motivation.
There is now an abundance of digital materials to use in your language class to enhance your language teaching. More importantly, these resources could also be used by students independently to pick up a new language at their own convenient pace. We have already featured a collection of Android, iPad apps, and Chrome extension to use for this purpose and today we are sharing with you what we think are the best platforms for learning a new language. Check them out below and share with us your feedback. Enjoy
1- Duolingo and Duolingo for Schools
Duolingo is by far our favourite in this list. Duolingo was featured last year by Google as the best language learning app in Google Play Store. Duolingo turns language learning into a game to make it more fun and effective. Students can learn languages for free while earning points for correct answers, racing against the clock, and leveling up. Duolingo has recently launched a new platform specifically designed for teachers and educators called Duolingo for Schools. With Duolingo for Schools, teachers can easily track their students’ progress, run in-class activities and assign homework. Learn more about Duolingo for Schools from this guide.
Busuu is another great web platform and mobile app for learning a new language. Busuu offers language courses created by educational experts that cover the four major language learning skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The courses range in difficulty from beginner to advanced intermediate levels.Additionally, Busuu allows learners to practice their language skills directly with native speakers from all around the world through its huge community that comprises over 50 million users. Learners will receive personalized feedback on their exercises, talk to native speakers via an integrated chat and get to know people from all over the world.
Memrise provides quality courses in more than 200 languages enabling students to learn new languages in a fun and joyful way. Memrise brings language learning to life using a wide variety of multimedia materials that include videos, audio, mnemonics, etymologies and many more more. As a teacher, you can use Memrise to create your own courses and materials using rich multimedia flashcards. You can also create groups and keep track of your students progress. Memrise is available for the web, Android and iPad.
Live mocha is a language learning community that uses a mixture of traditional learning methods with online practice and interaction with native language speakers from around the world. Using a collaborative approach to language learning, Livemocha delivers an excellent learning experience that promises conversational fluency.’The Livemocha community is made up of language enthusiasts: teachers, language experts, other language learners, and native speakers. Community members help each other learn in a myriad of ways: they leave comments in response to practice exercises, build mini-lessons within exercise feedback, have practice conversations via text, video or audio chat, provide language practice and culture tips, and give much-needed encouragement.’