4/LearnEnglish Podcasts

App Details:
Name of app: LearnEnglish Podcasts
Reviewed by: Josemaria Carazo A.
Details: Developed by the British Council. Platform: Android, iOS
Cost: Free


Following with learning languages with mobiles, this application is an example of one of the arenas where handheld devices are definitely the best technology: podcasts. In addition, the British Council make the best of it: transcript paragraphs are shown and highlighted as the podcast is played. Simple tests are offered to those who want to check their own understanding. Moreover, topics of the podcast are related to interesting places and celebrities.

This app will cover the needs of those informal learners who seek a way to improve their listening skills. Due to the content -podcasts- as well as the technology -mobiles, iPods or tablets-, learning with this app is possible anytime and anywhere, even while running, cycling or driving, though it may depend on local laws.

Related 21st Century Skills:

Literacy Life and Career Skills

Flexibility and Adaptability


Initiative and Self-Direction

Learner chooses the podcasts, and whether s/he wants to take the test or not. Records of listened podcasts are kept.

Social and Cross-Cultural Skills

Productivity and Accountability

Leadership and Responsibility

Learning and Innovation Skills

Creativity and Innovation

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Communication and Collaboration

Information, Media and Technology Skills

Information Literacy

Media Literacy


ICT (Information, Comm. & Tech.)

Actually, I would mark this one anytime we talk about learning with mobiles.

Links: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hk.hkbc.epodcast&hl=en

LearnEnglish Podcasts – App Review