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Language Apps

Published August 25, 2014 12:16 PM by Ashley Brannon
Language Empires is one of the few comprehensive language apps that I have found. Although it's a little more out of your pocket than you might want to pay ($24.99), you might find that it is worth it in the end. With more than 400 questions targeting eight different language arts skills, this app is great for working with groups in a school setting or for individual use in private or outpatient treatment.

This app covers the following eight language targets: Vocabulary, Predicting, How, Figurative Language, Sequencing, Inferencing, Why, and Which.





This SmartyEars app is illustrated with pictures related to the Roman Empire. To begin, click on "Visit the City" where you can add students and create avatars for each. Each game type allows 1-5 players. In addition, each activity also includes multiple levels of play to keep your students progressing through their goals. Players can be placed in multiple empires for various learning targets in one game dependent on the goals for each student.

The questions for each activity are read aloud from the screen. Multiple-choice answers are provided however these are not read aloud. When the child answers a question correctly, they are given a gold coin to collect at the bottom of the screen. From my experience, this has been motivating for the students to keep them engaged. Students can also unlock trophies that relate to the theme that they are working on in the empire.

Another benefit of this app is the comprehensive data tracking. Visual data collection is provided at the end of each activity to provide visual feedback of the student's level and their progression towards that goal. This data can be emailed, printed or shared however I always keep in mind confidentiality measures.


Now, Language Empires has also been updated to include homework worksheets for each target in each level. These homework sheets can be shared at the end of each activity to further aid in carryover of the skill.

With so many great options, this app is one that I recommend you to check out.

posted by Ashley Brannon


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