Saturday, August 4, 2012

Phrase Stress [App Review & Giveaway!]


I hope you all are having a great weekend and I hope I can make it even better with a new giveaway! The fantastic people at ARTEL Larsen have provided me with 3 more app codes to giveaway to you! This time it is for the Phrase Stress app. This is a great app for learning and practicing idioms. Check it out then make sure you enter to win one of three copies of the app below! 

The Phrase Stress app targets idioms because they can be confusing to new of young English language learners. This app can help students understand and practice idioms while having fun. This app contains a list of 500 idioms. Using this app will help with understanding the concept of idioms as well as improve students' writing skills. You can customize the app to the student by choosing time stress level, the type of problems to solve (3 options), and the size of the list of idioms presented.
 
If you touch the book icon at the top of the main screen, you are brought to a page that lists idioms one by one along with the meaning and an example of how to use the idiom. This is a great teaching tool! This might be fun to do with a whole group of students- each day learn 5 new idioms, then at the end of the week let the students play the game. See how they improve each week! They are listed alphabetically which is helpful if you are looking for a specific idiom to target. 
On the main screen you can choose from 3 playing options: 
  1. See an Idiom: pick the right explanation
  2. See Idiom Explained: you pick the right idiom
  3. Idiom Missing Word: You pick the right word.
Below are screen shots from each game:



This app would be great for classroom teachers, speech/ language pathologists, tutors, and parents looking for educational apps for their kids. We all know that learning idioms can be a real tough cookie to learn- sorry, I had to throw that in there! With this app, the students can have fun while learning all about idioms. Phrase Stress sells for only $.99 in the iTunes store!

And now for the giveaway! 3 lucky [simply speech.] followers will win a copy of the Phrase Stress App. I will announce the winners on Wednesday. Good luck!!









13 comments:

  1. Always looking for fun new way to work on idioms. I would pick a few to work on each month for a few minutes to get repeated exposure and practice in each session.

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  2. This sounds like a great app! I usually get my kids to make an idioms booklet with drawings... This would make a great addition to my idioms lesson!

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  3. This looks like a great way for my students to get more practice using idioms!

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  4. Oooooh! I have lots of autistic kids who do not understand idioms! I would love to win this for my speechpad!

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  5. This would be a great app. to use for lang. therapy with all different kinds of kids. I would love to win this!

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  6. Looks like a great app! I live in an area with lots of ELL students...this would be great for them!

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  7. Sounds great for my 3-5th graders! They love the iPad and I'm always looking for apps for the older set :)

    Jenna

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  8. I am always trying to find fun ways to teach idioms to the older crowd...this would be perfect!!

    Jenn

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  9. This would be a great way to help teach idioms and the app seems like it would be a great way to keep the kids interested! Especially my older students.

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  10. All of my students love using the iPad, it is very motivating for them. This app would allow me to target idioms for some of my older students, who most of the apps are too young for.

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  11. This would be super for ELL students as well as high functioning students with social language needs. Fingers crossed.

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  12. I would use this app with my hearing impaired students.

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  13. This would be a great way to help generalize the use of idioms.

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