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10/20/2011

News for You App—Learn English Anywhere, Anytime

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News for You App – Learn English Anywhere, Anytime

News for You, ProLiteracy’s weekly online news source for adult learners, is now available as an app for iPhones, iPads, and iPods. The app makes it even easier for learners to learn and practice English skills at times that are most convenient for them. The News for You app is free to download but requires a subscription for access.

Smartphones have become great educational tools for people of all ages. A 2009 study by the Joan Ganz Cooney Foundation Center at the Sesame Workshop showed that there is vast educational potential in mobile technologies. With the rapid increase of mobile phones, News for You is taking advantage of that technology to become available to many people without access to computers in developing countries and urban areas. This allows education to reach those in areas that have the highest rates of low literacy levels. Learners who do not have computers can subscribe to News for You Online and practice reading outside of the classroom.

The app shares many of same features as the News for You Online website. Seven stories based on world and national news are posted weekly and written at reading levels 3 through 6 and ESL levels high-beginning and low-intermediate.

The app also includes each article’s audio version so that users can listen and read along. Interactive exercises reinforce understanding of key concepts and strengthen vocabulary skills. The News for You app is free to download but requires a subscription for access. For more information and to download the app visit the iTunes store.

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