ELL and the iPad

Created for the Minnesota TIES Conference in December 2011 and updated and revised in July 2012 & December 2013.

Each blog post focuses on a specific area of language acquisition and communication, with apps and online resources.  The blog post Other Resources has links to lessons that can be incorporated easily into an ESL/ELL curriculum.

Welcome, and I hope you find what you're looking for!

En Espaņol

ABC Magico 2 - Free

ABC Magico Abecedario - Free

BrainPOP: Pelicula del Dia - Free

Cinco de Mayo - Free

La Cajita - Free

Spanish Artik - $19.99

Spanish Speech with Milo: Prepositions - $2.99

Spanish Speech with Milo: Verbs - $2.99






Five ways readers are using iPads in the classroom

Gutenberg Project

Side by Side

Listening & Speaking

Apple Collection of Speaking & Listening apps for ESL/ELL

AudioNote Lite - Note taker and audio recorder. Lite (free) and Paid ($4.99) versions.

Blue FiRe - Made for the iPhone but works on the iPad.  Audio recorder with web sharing capabilities. The best of the best.  Free.

Conversation English - Conversation Lessons, dialogue, comprehension, vocabulary matching. $2.99

Converse - Language Translating app for conversations. $4.99

Language Builder - $7.99

LearnEnglish - Free

Learn English the Fun Way - Basic sentence, vocabulary and grammar app. Free.

Listening Master

Lit2Go - iTunesU - Copyright friendly audiobooks specifically for education.  Transcript is embedded in each file to allow for listening and reading.  Free.

Phonetics Focus HD - $2.99

Sounds - Pronunciation App.  Comes in Free and $5.99.

TOTALe Companion HD - For Rosetta Stone Version 4 TOTALe Subscribers.  Free.

Vocabulary & Grammar

Apple Collection of Vocabulary Apps for ESL

All Dictionary Apps for iPad

EF English First High Flyers Vocab Game for Learning English on the iPad - Free

Fetch It! - Basic Vocabulary - Free

Flashcards+ - Free

gFlashPro - Make your own Flashcards $3.99

iTranslate - Free

Keynote - $9.99


Question Builder for iPad - $5.99

SmartKids Picture Dictionary HD for iPad - $.99

Montessori Crossword - $2.99

Tilly’s Petting Farm - $1.99

Word Lens - Free


Language Builder Deluxe

iSentence Builder

iSentence Builder TEEN

iPreposition Builder

Story Builder

Tense Builder

Sentence Builder

Sentence Maker

iQuestion Builder


Spelling City

A+ Spelling Test PRO

Memory Game Spelling Words

Communicating & Creating

Email - Built in!

Englsih Idioms Illustrated - Free

FaceTime - Built in!

iMovie - $4.99

Keynote - Presentation Software - $9.99

Pages - Word Processing Software - $9.99

Puppet Pals HD - Free

Sentence Builder - $5.99

Skype - Free

StoryKit - Another iPhone app that’s still great on the iPad! - Free

Other Resources

General Information

App Store Volume Purchasing Program

iPad and Literacy

Best Practices from Schools

Escondido Unified School District iRead program

    iRead on iTunesU

Canby Oregon iPad and iPod Touch User Group Wiki

Union City High School - Union City, New Jersey


Apps for ELL Students - San Juan Unified School District

Exploring Frontiers: Flipping the Classroom for English Language Learners

Free Apps to Support Vocabulary Acquisition by ELLs - Edutopia

Lost in Translation: Reaching out to English Language Learners

The Word and the World: Technology Aids English Language Learners

iPads for ELL: Enhancing Critical Thinking

ELL to Go


National Association for Bilingual Education

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language Instruction Education Programs

Colorin Colorado

Dave’s ESL Cafe

Everything ESL

Activities for ESL/EFL Students

Doing What Work