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21 Best English Courses for Kids

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There are many online English courses for kids and they come in many different formats. Your child might learn best with the structure of a live class with an instructor, or maybe they would prefer the individualized attention of an English tutor.

 

Furthermore, because the youngest English learners have the hardest time concentrating on educational materials, they are likely to benefit from ESL games and activities that can be found on the computer and/or a mobile device.

 

The following list compiles all of these categories to bring you the best available resources for kids learning English. With price, age group, and features listed, you’re sure to find a good fit for your child.

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Amphy

Price: varies, around $5-$25 per class

Target age group: varies per class, ages 3-18 

Features: live online learning both private and groups, multiple class and course options, flexible scheduling, a large pool of certified English instructor

Kids’ online English classes with an instructor

Online instructors teaching English for kids can provide a structure like a school but from the comfort and convenience of home. These classes tend to require a fee, but there’s a wide variety available at any given time.

Outschool

Price: varies, around $6-$25 per class

Target age group: varies per class, ages 3-18 

Features: several class options, flexible scheduling, an instructor

Smarten Up 

Price: varies by service; a weeklong summer program is $250

Target age group: elementary through high school

Features: small group workshops, private tutoring, summer programs

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These kid-friendly websites motivate kids to learn English by making it more fun with games and activities.

Kids’ online English tutoring

Looking for an online English tutor for kids? These websites are highly-rated for teaching kids English with individual, one-on-one attention. 

Preply

Price: varies; pay per hour can be anywhere from $1-40

Target age group: older kids (“kids” is a specialty in Preply’s search feature)

Features: a large pool of tutors (over 11,000 English tutors), flexible scheduling

NovaKid

Price: tiered subscription rates; one popular choice is about $72 for one month/8 lessons

Target age group: ages 4-12

Features: flexible cost, native English-speaking teachers

Independent English classes for kids

Independent online English classes are a great option because they are fully flexible to meet your family’s needs. These are structured like classes but are not led by an instructor in real-time as you might find in tutoring or other class formats.

Fredisalearns

Price: 4 different membership plans; for one child: about $60/year or $40/6 months

Target age group: none specified, but younger kids; 7 levels of ESL lessons

Features: videos, games, interactive tests

Brainpop

Price: family tier starts at $119/year; homeschool tier (multiple students) starts at $295/year

Target age group: grades K-8+

Features: 3 levels with a placement test, free trial for two weeks, 90 lessons

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Websites with games for kids learning English

These kid-friendly websites motivate kids to learn English by making it more fun with games and activities. Though there are many sites out there with educational games, these are some of the best choices out there for English language learning.

British Council: Learn English Kids 

Price: free

Target age group: ages 5-12; also a website for teens aged 13-17

Features: tons of games, listening activities, videos; wide variety of topic filters

ABCYa

Price: free on a computer; premium unlocks all games on mobile for $10/month, $45/6 months, or $70 annually

Target age group: pre-K through middle school

Features: filters for grade, subject, genre, and theme; other subjects available; free premium trial

Activities for ESL Students

Price: free

Target age group: none specified but the layout is for older kids; 6 levels available

Features: quizzes and crosswords; bilingual quizzes in several languages; a daily study page

Fun Brain 

Price: free

Target age group: pre-K through 8th grade

Features: books, videos, and games available

Mobile apps for kids learning English

Kids love to play on smartphones and tablets. These apps take advantage of that fact, making the process of learning English more fun and engaging because the young students are interacting with a touchscreen.

Learn to Read – Duolingo ABC

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: free

Target age group: pre-K through first grade

Features: no ads or in-app purchases, interactive stories and games

Duolingo

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: free but with in-app purchases

Target age group: older kids (see Duolingo ABC for younger kids)

Features: many other languages available to learn, progress tracking, and community rankings

Lingokids

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: very limited free plan; unlimited is about $15/month

Target age group: ages 2-8

Features: no ads; games, videos, and audiobooks

Speakia: Kids English Fun 

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: free but with in-app purchases

Target age group: ages 3-11

Features: focus on speech and practical conversation

BOOKR Class Library

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: about $60/year for up to 3 kids

Target age group: ages 4-14; 6 CEFR levels

Features: text highlighting and annotation; animated books

Reading Eggs 

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: free for one month, then about $10/month or $70/year

Target age group: ages 2-13

Features: ad-free; over 3,000 e-books; progress tracking

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Immersive English practice for kids

These online resources deliver English content for kids to learn through practicing reading longer passages. They tend to be free of any cost and range from short articles to full books.

TIME for Kids 

Price: free access; subscription starting at $5/school year, per student

Target age group: grades K-6

Features: articles filtered by grade level, online account

DOGO News 

Price: free

Target age group: 1st grade through high school

Features: current event articles, filtered by grade level, category, and word count

Breaking News English

Price: free

Target age group: none specified; articles are written for 7 levels (CEFR A2-CEFR C1-C2)

Features: current events articles, filtered by 7 levels and theme, activities related to readings

International Children’s Digital Library 

Price: free

Target age group: none specified

Features: free access to over 4,000 books, many different languages available

ESL Bits 

Price: free

Target age group: older kids

Features: novels, novellas, short stories, resources to listen and read along

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