10 Free e-learning tools and tech programs for language and literacy learning

A few months ago I did a post sharing my favorite sites to create your own crossword puzzles. I’ve found some more free tools and tech downloads for learning and teaching second or foreign languages. Many of them might also be useful in ELL adult literacy programs.

CAPL (Culturally Authentic Pictoral Lexicon) This is a brilliant site with tons of free, culturally authentic images that teachers and students can use for educational purposes.

Eclipse – A free crossword maker in English.

Forvo – A multilingual pronunciation library, with entries in dozens of different languages.

Hell0 World – A language learning site for 15 different languages that includes games, songs and activities.

Hot Potatoes – Freeware authoring tool to create language learning activities in a variety of languages.

Lyrics training – A fun way to learn songs in foreign languages.

Memerise – A multi-lingual vocabulary-building game.

Selingua – columns – A Tetris-style game for learning French, German, Spanish or Swedish.

Sephonics – Learn the English and International Phonetic Alphabet.

Wordsteps – Helps you learn vocabulary in a new language.


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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


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