Josh Wilson’s Site & App List

Thanks to all those who attended the CALL SIG Forum at JALT 2017. In case you missed it, here is Josh Wilson’s killer list of sites and apps for language learning:


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If you found these tips useful, why not check out the new version of my book, which has been revised, updated and expanded for 2019: 50 Ways to Teach with Technology

40 Tech Tips from JALT CALL 2017

  1. allows students to practice their English writing and speaking skills by chatting with native speakers or with other learners of English
  2. Basecamp allows groups of people to collaborate on projects remotely…
  3. …as does Trello
  4. Tandem is a mobile app which helps students to find native speakers of English who want to do a language exchange
  5. P2 is a theme for WordPress that transforms a blog into a social forum, with features such as inline comments, and inline editing of posts and comments
  6. The Ginger Grammar Checker helps students write better English and efficiently corrects texts
  7. The Cambridge English Corpus is a multi-billion word collection of written and spoken English
  8. The NGSL-S is a list of high frequency words of everyday spoken English…
  9. …while the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English focuses on academic spoken English
  10. Word Learner (iOS|Android|Web) is a science-based efficient word learning system which tracks  students’ vocabulary learning
  11. Lingopolis is a fun, social and fast vocabulary game powered by Cambridge Dictionaries Online
  12. VoiceTube allows students to learn English by watching TED talks, movies, and music videos…
  13. …while Speech Yard also offers English learning through videos with interactive subtitles
  14. PirateBox is a DIY anonymous offline file-sharing and communications system built with free software and inexpensive off-the-shelf hardware
  15. RACHEL Offline provides free copies of open source websites such as TED and Wikipedia for download and use without an internet connection
  16. Plickers is a tool that lets teachers collect real-time assessment data without the need for student devices
  17. The Intel Compute Card is a credit card sized computing device to be launched in August 2017
  18. SpyFall is an online version of the popular language-based board game of the same name
  19. Showbie combines all of the essential tools for assignments, feedback and communication into a single app…
  20. …while Schoology allows teachers and students to connect, communicate, and share with their peers across campus and around the world
  21. ReadTheory is an online reading practice platform that supplies students with an extensive library of passages targeting individual levels
  22. English News Weekly is a weekly English news podcast produced by Hiroshima University
  23. The M3 is a tiny fully functioning computer
  24. Kapture is an audio-recording wristband that allows you to easily save and share audio recordings of your life
  25. Not Hotdog is an app which allows you to check whether or not something (or someone?!) is a hotdog
  26. Mersiv is a concept designed to revolutionize the way in which we learn languages
  27. Memoto is a tiny, automatic camera and app that gives you a searchable and shareable photographic memory
  28. Sketch Engine is a corpus tool to create and search text corpora in more than 80 languages…
  29. …while WordSmith Tools provides a variety of corpus analysis software…
  30. …as does Laurence Anthony
  31. Datawrapper is an open source tool which allows you to create charts and graphs…
  32. …as does Tableau
  33. Datasift provides access to data from social networks, blogs, news, and more
  34. AntCorGen is a freeware corpus creation tool
  35. FireAnt is a freeware social media and data analysis toolkit
  36. PhraseBot is an awesome puzzle game to actively learn any kinds of words, phrases or sentences
  37. Apps 4 EFL: Real Time allows you to test your students’ vocabulary knowledge in real time, and has the NGSL, NAWL, and other word lists built in
  38. Apple TV allows students to wirelessly connect their devices to the classroom projector
  39. iBooks Author allows anyone to create iBooks Textbooks for iPad and Mac
  40. Spaceteam ESL is a fun English learning game that students can play with their friends and classmates using phones or tablets

If you found these tips useful, why not check out the new version of my book, which has been revised, updated and expanded for 2019: 50 Ways to Teach with Technology

25 Tech Tips from JALT 2016

  1. etec-illustrationThe Free Music Archive is a great place to find music for apps, games, and other projects
  2. LiveInk allows you to easily render any text in a “brain friendly” way
  3. FreeHostia allows you to host your own website, blog, or bulletin board for free
  4. Roll20 is a suite of easy-to-use digital tools that expand pen-and-paper game play
  5. Pics4Learning provides free clip art for educational resources..
  6. ..while the Library of Congress can be used to find public domain images of historical significance..
  7. ..and ELT Pics is a Flickr photo stream containing over 25,000 pictures for teachers of ESL
  8. LibSyn provides podcast hosting for only $5 a month
  9. Hopscotch helps you learn to code through creative play..
  10. ..while Javascript Obfuscator helps you protect your ideas when you eventually create that “killer app”..
  11. ..and the Learn How YouTube channel contains video tutorials for beginner programmers
  12. Imiwa is a Japanese dictionary for iOS
  13. Smart Smart produces many different apps for English study
  14. TEDict is an iOS app which allows you to use TED videos for listening dictation practice
  15. News in English provides English news in three different levels of difficulty
  16. Herstory is an innovative and interactive detective game
  17. EFL Technologies provide a number of free apps for learning the NGSL, GSL, NAWL and AWL
  18. English Test Prep Review provides unofficial guides and review materials for TOEFL, TOEIC, and other standardized tests
  19. Leander’s Lexicon Extractor is a free online tool that allows students and teachers of English to quickly extract and list important vocabulary from an inputted text
  20. CleverBot allows students to practice English conversation with an artificially intelligent chat bot
  21. Bloomin’ Apps lists apps and websites for every level of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy
  22. The Rule of 6 (eBook) propounds a simple framework for how to teach with an iPad
  23. The WikiTude SDK allows you to build your own augmented reality app..
  24. ..while Aurasma enables anyone to easily create, manage, and track augmented reality experiences
  25. Documents 5 allows you to read, listen, view and annotate many kinds of documents on your iPad or iPhone

If you found these tips useful, why not check out the new version of my book, which has been revised, updated and expanded for 2019: 50 Ways to Teach with Technology

20 Tech Tips from Vocab@Tokyo 2016

  1. Tom Cobb’s venerable Lex Tutor now has a mobile interface
  2. Collins and Merriam-Webster both provide free online dictionaries
  3. The University of Texas at Austin provides a wide selection of free handouts (PDF) for teachers of English language writing
  4. Calibre is a comprehensive e-book manager and converter
  5. OmniPage and ABBYY FineReader are powerful OCR (Optical Character Recognition) applications
  6. The Lexical Research Foundation is “a not-for-profit organisation to promote excellence in lexical and vocabulary acquisition, description and pedagogy.”
  7. AntWordProfiler, Web VocabProfile, Range, and P_Lex (PDF) are tools for profiling lexical sophistication of a text, i.e. the proportion of advanced (rare) vocabulary…
  8. …while TextInspector can be used to measure lexical variation, i.e. the proportion of word types to tokens
  9. Michael Covington has developed a number of algorithms and tools for analyzing texts, including Moving Average Type-Token Ratio (MATTR)
  10. Paul Nation’s book, What You Need to Know to Learn a Foreign Language, is available as a free PDF download…
  11. …as are all his Vocabulary Size Tests (VST)…
  12. …which can also be taken online via Tom Cobb’s site
  13. Laurence Anthony’s WebSCoRE is “a free, parallel concordancer with a specially developed bilingual pedagogical corpus”
  14. Paul Meara’s Lognostics website “is designed to provide access to up to date research tools for people working in the field of Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition”
  15. Vocabulary Learning and Instruction (VLI) is an open access international journal for research relating to vocabulary acquisition, instruction, and assessment.
  16. Showbie is a great tool for keeping digital portfolios of students’ work
  17. Coh-Metrix is a system for computing computational cohesion and coherence metrics for written and spoken texts
  18. Lexile Analyzer can be used to compute the complexity of a text, including sentence length and word frequency
  19. Cambridge University Press’s English Vocabulary Profile (EVP) “offers reliable information about which words and phrases are known and used by learners at each level of the Common European Framework (CEF)”
  20. The CEFR-J website provides a series of “can-do” descriptors specifically for English language teaching contexts in Japan.

If you found these tips useful, why not check out the new version of my book, which has been revised, updated and expanded for 2019: 50 Ways to Teach with Technology

30 Tech Tips from JALT CALL 2016


  1. James Rogers gives pronunciation advice for Japanese learners of English
  2. Linode is a powerful and good value web host
  3. The Multiplayer Classroom (Lee Sheldon) was one of the first publications arguing for gamification of education
  4. Class Craft helps you to make learning an adventure
  5. Socrative allows you to administer assessments and surveys via mobile phones
  6. Kahoot provides gamified classroom activities
  7. QuizUp offers a competitive multi-player gaming experience
  8. Sendtodropbox is a great way of getting files from your students into your Dropbox account…
  9. …while QuickVoice (iOS) allows you to record and send audio files as email attachments up to 5MB in size…
  10. …and MailVU are specialists in sending video via email
  11. Moxtra is a mobile-first embeddable collaboration platform…
  12. …and VoiceThread allows students to submit audio as attachments to images
  13. Schoology is a modern Learner Management System
  14. Ginger offers a variety of apps for online translation and grammar checking…
  15. …while Grammarly claims to make you a better writer by finding and correctly 10 times more mistakes than you word processor
  16. WikiTude is the world’s leading augmented reality SDK
  17. Diigo allows you to annotate and save web pages as you browse them
  18. Tiki Toki is web based software for creating beautiful timelines
  19. iBuildApp allows you to easily make apps for iOS or Android
  20. Mobyx (iOS) provides high quality VOIP (Voice over IP) services
  21. KanjiTomo is a comprehensive OCR (Optical Character Recognition) application for Japanese characters…
  22. …while Yomiwa (iOS) provides a real-time offline camera translator for Japanese…
  23. …and Perfect Master Kanji (iOS) is a fully fledged kanji practice app for people learning Japanese as a foreign language…
  24. …and Nihongo Shark provides free daily lessons for learners of Japanese
  25. Discord provides all-in-one text and voice chat for gamers
  26. Continuous Partial Attention (Linda Stone) is “motivated by a desire to be a LIVE node on the network”
  27. Wiggle allows you to easily import sporting goods and accessories (a weird one, but a good one for those of us who struggle to find bicycles big enough in Japan!)
  28. Phonologics offers automated pronunciation testing
  29. Words and Monsters taps into the addictive game play of apps like Puzzle and Dragons and Candy Crush by offering uncertain and unexpected rewards
  30. Paul Howard Jones is the preeminent expert on the effect of games on the brain

If you found these tips useful, why not check out the new version of my book, which has been revised, updated and expanded for 2019: 50 Ways to Teach with Technology