Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

December 31, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Want To Write A Guest Post For The “In Practice” Blog?

In Practice is a group blog written by several of us who teach in low-income communities around the country (and world).  It was begun by Alice Mercer.

If you are coming from a similar experience, and would be interested in writing a guest post on a topic of your choosing (somehow related to schools and low-income communities), let me know by either leaving a comment on this post or by contacting me directly.

We’d be interested in hearing what topic you might write about, and either a sample of your writing or a link to your own blog — if you have one. Please take a look at “In Practice” if you haven’t seen it before, too.

December 31, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo

Peace Research Institute In The Middle East

The Peace Research Institute In The Middle East (PRIME) is an organization comprised of Israelis and Palestinians who have developed high school materials on the Middle East that are used in both communities.

As a Newsweek article explains, each page is divided into three: the Palestinian and Israeli narratives and a third section left blank for the pupil to fill in. “The idea is not to legitimize or accept the other’s narrative but to recognize it..”

I had heard about this project a couple of years ago, and thought the instructional strategy was one that would be useful in teaching about any conflict. I just have never gotten around to doing it, though I’m planning to finally give it a try in my U.S. History class this coming semester.

All the PRIME materials can be freely downloaded from their site. They are far too advanced for English Language Learners, but the idea can used with modified materials about the Middle East conflict.  In fact, I think it would be fairly easy to do so with some of the resources already on The “Best” Resources For Learning About The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict list.

I’d be interested in hearing if anyone has tried something like this in their classroom and how it went..

December 31, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo

Votes Are In For Best ELL Sites

Here are the results of a readers poll on The Best Internet Sites For English Language Learners — 2008:

1. Mingoville

2. Listen and Write and iCue (tied)

3. English Trailers

4. Beat The Clock, Into The Book, and Spelling Bee (tied)

5. Embedded Learning Portal, Chuala, CloZure and  J@M (tied)

You can read detailed descriptions at my original post, as well as see how I ranked twenty-seven new websites.

Voting for The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2008 ends on January 31st.

December 31, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo

Capitol Words

Richard Byrne wrote about a neat site today called Capitol Words.

It uses the Congressional Record to develop ongoing “word clouds” for each member of Congress, and can show clouds representing each state,too.

Richard shares some excellent ideas on how to use a nifty tool like this in the classroom, so it’s worth visiting his blog post. For English Language Learners, it would be a great real-world exercise in vocabulary development combined with civics.

I’ve placed the link on my website under Citizenship.

December 30, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo

More Posts To Get Me Thinking

Thanks to Alice Mercer, now I have even more than the ones I listed in The Best Posts From Other Blogs That Made Me “Think” In 2008.

Alice just wrote her own Best Of 2008 Blog Posts And What I Learned From Them...

It’s a list definitely worth reading (and I’m not just saying that because she included a nod to me in her post!)