FAQ

Please note that Apps 4 EFL is no longer under active development, but will remain accessible for the foreseeable future. Check out my other sites if you are interested in other web-based CALL activities and tools:

Frequently Asked Questions about Apps 4 EFL


What is Apps 4 EFL?

Apps 4 EFL is a Web-Based Language Learning (WBLL) platform for teachers and students of English as a Foreign Language (EFL). It utilizes creative commons data and open web technologies to facilitate engaging online study. It features:

  • Integrated access to over 5 million Wiki texts, millions of Quizlet flashcards, and hundreds of thousands of example sentences;
  • Automatically generated gap fill tests;
  • Automatically generated vocabulary matching, typing and dictation tests;
  • Text-to-speech (TTS) and speech recognition (ASR) with Converse;
  • Text analysis tools;
  • And much more!

How do I use Apps 4 EFL?

Activities & Tools

Activities can be completed by students on an independent basis. Points are awarded for correct responses.

Tools can be used by teachers or students. They do not award points, although sometimes output can be saved (e.g. Manga Maker).

Account Registration

Apps 4 EFL now offers Google Sign In for frictionless account registration. Click the Google Sign In button in the top right corner of the site to register or log into an account. Registered users engaging with the site's activities will have their points tracked.

Premium Functions

Become a Patreon supporter at the $5 tier or above to track the progress of other users, and remove ads from your account and any account sharing progress with you:



If you would rather pay by PayPal or Furikomi, please contact the developer for more information. A discount is offered for yearly subscriptions paid in advance.

Device Compatibility
Apps 4 EFL is designed to work well and look good on all devices, including both desktop and mobile browsers. However, in order to guarantee that all features work correctly, the following browsers are recommended:

  • For iPhone/iPad users: iOS Safari on iOS 9 or above
  • For Android users: Mobile Chrome on Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or above
  • For Mac/PC users: Desktop Chrome on Windows 7 or above / Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or above

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What research has been done on Apps 4 EFL?

Research Papers

Who is behind Apps 4 EFL?

Founder & Developer

Paul Raine (MA TEFL/TESL, University of Birmingham 2012) is an award-winning teacher, presenter, author, and developer. His books include the best-selling 50 Ways to Teach with Technology and the innovative multi-path graded reader Journey to Mars. He has also developed his own website for teachers and learners of EFL (www.apps4efl.com). He has published numerous research articles on the teaching and learning of English as a second language, and is particularly interested in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). He currently teaches at two universities in the Tokyo area.


Journey to Mars 50 Mistakes Made by Japanese Learners of English 50 Ways to Teach with Technology