Free Apps and Websites For Language and Literacy Learning

Updated: Feb 12

For the first 5 years of my teaching career, I taught in classrooms where there was no Internet access, computers, tablets, Smart Board, or any other technology available. A Teaching in a tech-free context presented me with really valuable opportunities to think outside the box, and to use everyday items and objects I could find around the school such as old newspapers, food labels, catalogues and magazines in creative and innovative ways to facilitate language and literacy development. In my next blog post, I will be sharing with you some ideas for tech-free language learning activities that your students can engage in either the classroom or at home.

In the wake of COVID-19, the classes I teach have now gone fully online and will probably remain online for the rest of the year, which means that I have to find creative ways to use the technology at my disposal to create effective language learning moments for my students. Thankfully, I have found some really great free apps and websites that have supported my students' language and literacy learning.

Here is a list of some of my favourite apps and websites, which I either use synchronously in my online classes, or assign to my students to use asynchronously. The best thing about them is that they're all free!

Have you used any of the websites or apps above? Do you have another website or app that works well for language and literacy learning? Please leave a comment below. I'd love to try your resource out, and add it to the list above.