Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 27, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“MakeBeliefs” Comic-Creator Expands ELL Resource Section

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Make Beliefs, the popular comic-creator that is on The Best Ways To Make Comic Strips Online list, has just unveiled a new and expansive resource section filled with free materials for teachers of English Language Learner students.

It’s definitely worth a visit to check out what they’ve put together…

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May 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PBS News Hour Video: “What galvanized standardized testing’s opt-out movement”

What galvanized standardized testing’s opt-out movement is the title of a segment on tonight’s PBS News Hour.

You can read the transcript here. I’ve embedded the video below. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Parents “Opting-Out” Of Standardized Tests For Their Children.

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May 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Learn About Cyberbullying & Practice English At The Same Time With “Words Can Save”

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Words Can Save is an interactive designed to raise awareness of cyberbullying. You’re prompted to provide advice to a child who is a victim by completing gap-fills/clozes like the one above.

Unfortunately, though, for some odd reason you’re supposed to be eighteen to use it. If you say you’re under that age, you’re transferred to a much less engaging site.

I’m adding this info to A Very, Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Bullying — Please Suggest More.

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May 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Special Edition Of “Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL”

Two years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention (usually I just publish this feature once each week, but this is a special second post since I have so many resources to share):

7 Ways to Scaffold Instruction for English Language Learners is from Teach Learn Grow.

Using Silent Video In The ELT Classroom is from EFL Classroom 2.0. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them).

Your 10 favourite dance scenes is a great video collection from The BBC. Students could watch and describe what they see. I’m adding it to the same list.

WaitChatter Helps You Learn A New Language While You Wait For IM Replies

Advocates Sue a New York School District, Claiming Weak Programs for Refugees is from The New York Times.

Cutting to the Common Core: Mathematically Speaking is from Language Magazine. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners.

Genres in writing: A new path to English language learning is from Eureka Alert.

Developing Speaking Skills in the Classroom is by Anthony Ash. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.

Speechyard is a new video site designed to teach English. Basically, you get to watch lengthy videos with subtitles and click on words you want to study. The site then saves those words and you can practice them in a number of ways. That is, if you pay for the premium version, you can practice in several ways. If you use the free version, you can practice it in simple spelling form. I don’t think I’ll be using it with my students, since the lengthy videos are engaging TV shows and I’m not very confident that all would maximize the language-learning opportunity created by watching them and identifying new words. However, I could see motivated adults finding it to be useful (By they way, when I clicked on the link right before I published this post, the site was off-line. I assume it’s only a minor problem and is will be working by the time you read this). Here’s a video about the site:

Thanks to InterCom for the tip.

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May 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Here Are Forms My ELL Students Will Use To Evaluate Our Class (And Me!)

From: PROJ3CT CONN3CT Professional Development Sean Nash via Compfight

I’ve previously posted some of the forms students in some of my classes will be using to evaluate the class and me anonymously (see Here Are Forms Students Will Be Using To Evaluate The Class & Me).

Here are the forms I’ll be using in my remaining classes:

Beginning English Language Learners class

Intermediate English & Geography class

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers).

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May 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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BBC Publishes Great Interactive on Optical Illusions

I’ve written in my New York Times column about how I use optical illusions with English Language Learners, and I certainly use them when teaching perception in my Theory of Knowledge class. You can many that I’ve previously posted here.

The BBC has now published what is probably the “be all and end all” of resources on optical illusions over the years. It’s titled How your eyes trick your mind and will certainly come in handy.

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