Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

Best Books For Teaching ESL/EFL/ELL?


I’m going to do something a little different in my next “The Best…” list. Instead of highlight websites, I’d like to post The Best Books For Teaching ESL/EFL/ELL.

Please share your recommendations!  Even if they don’t make my “The Best…” list, I’ll include them in the post.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. The SIOP Model book is my recommendation.

    There’s also a 50 strategies for teaching ELLs.

  2. For native Spanish speakers learning English, Gary Soto’s books are excellent because the characters repeat almost everything they say in Spanish in English as well. If not, the context will help them identify the word, and there’s a Span-Eng glossary in the back of many of his books. Most of my students are English Language Learners at some level, and I’ve written about finding books to read with them here on my blog.

  3. A friend just gave me a copy of Zero Prep, Pollard and Hess, Alta.. in print are many of the things that we have done for years… but, they make sense and become “legitimate” when in book form.

    By the way, Mr. Ferlazzo, you have one of the most useful websites for EF/ESL that is in existence! Thank you for all of your work… the only question I have ever had about your work is… do you ever sleep?

    Thanks a million from Thailand

  4. Longman Language Activator

    Longman Language Activator (LLA) (Hardcover)
    by Addison Wesley Longman (Author)

    thanks Larry from s korea


  5. I have to agree with Mathew. I’ve just finished reading “Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP Model,” by Echevarria, Vogt, and Short. It’s given me a lot to think about and work on. The observation protocol itself will be interesting to use for self assessment as I’m plan to videotape an upcoming lesson.

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