There are thousands of educational mobile apps available for English language learners, allowing learners to practice outside of the classroom in ways that can greatly enhance learning and motivation.

Because cost is a critical concern in most schools and for most teachers and parents, this article focuses mostly on free apps. When searching the app store, be aware of words such as "Lite" or "Free" or "In-App Purchases” in fine print underneath the download button. It can be very frustrating to find an excellent alphabet app, for instance, only to find that it only goes up to letter D before it...

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About the Author:

Lisa Rodriguez started in the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1987, and then in 2001 with the Woodburn School District in Oregon as a bilingual teacher. In 2004 she became a technology and literacy teacher, and then an educational technology coach. She has been teaching courses in education as an adjunct professor since 2010 when she received her PhD in educational technology, and started the Battle of the Books Quiz Center at www.obob.me. Her main educational interests focus on integration of current technologies with English language learners, and second language acquisition.