Browse apps and websites that are favourites with our teachers and students.

Favourite mobile apps

mobile phoneDownload apps to your phone or tablet to try them out.

  1. Sounds - Created by the English pronunciation guru, Adrian Underhill, the free version of this app gives quick access to an interactive phonemic chart and is the ultimate mobile English pronunciation aid.

  2. Quizlet - Providing millions of study sets and topics, Quizlet lets you learn, review and share vocabulary in a variety of interactive and effective ways.

  3. Memrise - Wonderful vocabulary and content learning app that blends science with a sense of community and fun. Watch your learning prosper like flowers in the sun with Memrise.

  4. Phrasal Verbs Machine - With Cambridge University Press's Phrasal Verbs Machine, learning this essential element of English writing and speaking takes on a visual aspect and gives you more than just one meaning of common phrasal verbs.

  5. Evernote - Take interactive and multimedia notes with Evernote and access them from any device - you'll never need another note-taking app!



Favourite websites


There are so many websites to choose from! Read the comments to work out which website will suit you.









Perfect your pronunciation - Watch Rachel at Rachel’s English pronounce sounds then record yourself making the same sound in another tab using Vocaroo, a simple voice recorder.  Ever wondered what that word or phrase sounds like in real life? YouGlish has around 15 million examples of real English in context.

Prepare for conversation - Learn about conventional topics of conversation and ways of saying things with English Club Speaking.  

Practice speaking with others - Join Speaky to practice conversation with other people online. Sign-up, choose your level to get started, then pick from a gallery of people around the world who want to speak now.

Teacher's tip: being social is the fastest way to improve your conversational English - take advantage of the activities organised by ICTE to use your skills and grow your confidence in speaking in English.

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Start with small amounts of text at an easy level and then increase the length and difficulty of the texts you read.

Short reads

Tiny Texts is a great little blog that lets you listen and learn English in little bits at a time.  

Breaking News English provides short texts and podcasts on current news stories organised in 7 levels (similar to our 7 levels of General English). 

Longer reads

News in Levels and Read it English each begin with a test of your English level and then shows you articles to suit your level. At News in levels you can also listen to the news and follow up by finding a speaking partner in a Skype or chat section. Read it English offers interesting articles beyond regular news and you can provide feedback at anytime to get more difficult articles as you progress.

Teacher's tip: the more you read, the better you get so read for fun.  To stay motivated, look for texts about things you enjoy and read widely.  If you prefer reading from a book, visit the ICTE Learning Centre or any library.

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English Central - a great way to learn English through a huge pop-out wall of quick videos.  This site can help you improve not only your listening but also your pronunciation and vocabulary with definitions of words provided in the videos. 

Elllo - one minute videos and transcripts of real people talking with small quizzes to test your understanding. 

Australia Plus: Australia-related videos and English learning activities set up for international students studying in Australia.


Subscribe to these podcasts or download individual audio files.

ESL Pod - this podcast is updated frequently and spans a wide range of topics, from Business English to Shopping and Daily Life.

Better at English - this podcast helps you improve through real English conversations and also includes lessons and language learning tips to make your learning more enjoyable.

The English We Speak - From the BBC, this short weekly podcast looks at everyday words and phrases to help you use natural English expressions…naturally!

Splendid Speaking - this podcast is for advanced learners of English who want to develop their speaking and conversation skills and will be very useful for students preparing for English tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or TOEIC. 

The Aussie English podcast - this podcast has a strong focus on pronunciation and will have you speaking like a true-blue Aussie in no time – fair dinkum!

Teacher's tip: make a weekly 'listening schedule' where you set a specific amount of time aside for different types of listening practice every day.  Listen with a purpose and use a variety of listening types. 

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Fun exercises

Sign-up to No Red Ink to practise grammar and writing skills with fun topics, engaging exercises and instant, specific feedback. With loads of grammar rules and exercises to choose from, you will become a grammar guru in no time at all!

Instant feedback on your own work

Get instant feedback on your own written work by uploading it to Cambridge English's Write and Improve

Install the Grammarly browser extension to proofread your writing for grammar, punctuation, spelling and more as you type.

Structuring your writing 

Spiderscribe - great online mind-mapping and brainstorming tool lets you organize your ideas by connecting notes, files, and even calendar events in free-form maps. You can collaborate and share those maps online.

MindMapfree - a fantastic educational app that lets you create quick and easy mind-maps, hassle-free. You'll never forget another brilliant idea again! 

Teacher's tip: practice, practice, practice! Doing some writing every day will soon become a habit and will help you make great improvements in your writing skills.  Rewrite everything you do - if your teacher makes corrections, rewrite to include these too.

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Smart Company - sign up to Smart Company to receive the latest business news. It’s an Australian news source that is very informative. Reading this will help you to recycle vocabulary learnt in class and learn more about the business community here in Australia.

Business Review Weekly- visit Business Review Weekly through the UQ Library to get in-depth business articles on hot topics here in Australia like the top places to work, information on our top entrepreneurs and the latest tech & gadgets.

Business presentations tools - take a look at the Prezi website, where you will discover free online presentation software. The site has demonstration and learning tools that will help you create a simple and smart presentation using well-designed slides.[ training for this and other pres software in]

Business English Pod - Business English Pod is a world-renowned publisher of podcasts and mobile learning resources for intermediate and advanced learners of Business English. Each podcast will introduce the topic, then you listen to the dialogue and follow up with some questions to answer. A great on-the-go learning tool.

TED for Business and Economics - Watch TED's talks on Business and Economics where you will learn about different topics within Business and Economics environments through videos, a 'Think' Q&A, and a discussion board where you can interact with others to help you improve your business language skills online.

Teacher's tip: a large part of being successful in business is networking, and university is the perfect place to build your network! Find opportunities, such as networking events or clubs and societies to get in contact with like-minded people and to practice your business English.

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Many of our students and people around the world are preparing to take the IELTS test. View our separate page of resources to help you prepare for your IELTS test.

For help with preparing for university studies in English, Using English for Academic Purposes is a great resource to improve your academic writing style, organisation and grammar, while the Academic Phrase Bank can help you find the right phrase for the right academic situation. Academic English Online is another great resource that has a number of web-based activities to improve this aspect of your English.

Teacher's tip: Attend the guest lectures and workshops held at ICTE which focus on academic topics to help you become familiar with Australian academic culture and requirements.

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Can you learn a language online?

We think online resources can help provide practice, and it is best if you practice your language skills every day.  

We think you also need to learn in a class where you are communicating with other students and a teacher is there to provide feedback.