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USA Learns: Course 1 (Mobile App)

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


Website Example:

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Computers, internet access, mobile device, wireless internet access (wifi)

Activity Description

Students with smart phones or tablets can use the USA Learns mobile app to access the USA Learns content and additional vocabulary and activities.


  • The app should be introduced in conjunction with the USA Learns Web site, so your students should already be using the site.
  • Download one of the apps yourself and become familiar with how it works.
  • Watch the video on the Example Web Site above to get an idea of how the apps work and what activities are included.


  1. Discuss apps with your students. Find out how many are interested in getting the apps.
  2. Explain that these apps are for both Apple products (iPhone, iPad) and Android products.
  3. Provide students with the link above to download the apps, and offer assistance as needed.
    NOTE: Students will only be able to download the app if they have an Apple iTunes or Google Play account, and a way to pay online.
  4. Assign your students a lesson on the USA Learns Web site, and suggest that they follow up with the app for homework. For example, First English Course, Units 1-5, cover classroom vocabulary, numbers, time, and reading the calendar.

Teacher Tips

  • The videos for these apps are online, not downloaded onto the phone or tablet, so the app will only work when the device is connected to the Internet.
  • Each app costs 99 cents and there are 4 apps for First English Course, so be sure students understand this.
  • If they do not have "unlimited" data plans on their phone or tablet, they could incur additional costs for watching the movies if they exceed their plan limit as this is considered "downloading data." So be sure they understand this in advance.



  • Beginning Literacy
  • Beginning Low


Basic Communication

  • (0.2) Communicate regarding personal information

Basic Communication

  • (1.4) Understand methods and procedures to obtain housing and related services
  • (1.1) Use measurement and money

Basic Communication

  • (2.3) Understand concepts of time and weather

Basic Communication

  • (3.3) Understand how to select and use medications

Basic Communication

  • (6.0) Demonstrate pre-computation skills

Mobile Device


  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Android Phone
  • Android Tablet

Apple Store

Google Store

Developer Site

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.