American English Launches New Mobile Application

May 15, 2013

Putting English language resources into the hands of teachers and learners around the globe

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the release of the free American English (AE) mobile application for lower-tech feature phones and Android devices. Developed in partnership with English Education Alliance (E2A) members, biNu and Worldreader, the application provides new audiences worldwide with “anytime, anywhere” English language learning resources on their mobile devices.

The AE app works with almost any type of mobile phone that runs Java or Android and consolidates State Department English language learning content in one easy-to-access location. Content includes e-books, audiobooks, music, quizzes, and the “Trace Word Soup” vocabulary game. Voice of America news feeds for English learners and a variety of other language, news, and social media content are also available.

Partnerships with biNu and Worldreader allow the State Department to reach new and often underserved audiences. biNu, a privately held company, uses a free mobile application platform to improve internet access, speed, usability, and social connectivity for lower-end mobile phones. These “non-smart” phones account for over five billion subscribers, more than 80% of the global mobile phone market. Worldreader is a non-profit organization working to put e-books into the hands of children and families in the developing world via e-readers and the Worldreader Mobile application hosted by biNu.

Expanding access to English language learning is a top public diplomacy goal for the State Department. English skills can open doors to economic empowerment and educational opportunities. The AE app enables the Department to put an accessible, cost-effective library of multimedia English language learning resources into the hands of students and teachers around the globe. Download the app at: or learn more on the American English website.