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The Best Sites To Teach & Learn About Ramadan

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HAPPY RAMADHAN [Mobarak Alaikom Al Shahar]
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Ramadan is a month-long observance by Muslims.  The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, so it changes in relation to the Gregorian calendar.  Ramadan in 2014 will start on Saturday, June 28th and will continue for 30 days until Monday, July 28th. You can find the dates for future years here.

I thought a “The Best…” list would be useful to share resources on this observance that would be accessible to English Language Learners.

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Here are my choices for The Best Sites To Teach and Learn About Ramadan (and are accessible to English Language Learners):

The Orange County Register has an interactive graphic called Ramadan, The Holy Month.

The CBBC Newsround has a very accessible explanation of the month.

The History Channel has an extensive site on Ramadan, including multimedia.

Fact Monster has a good page on Ramadan.

Learn English, Feel Good has a cloze (fill-in-the-gap) exercise on the month..

The British Council has a “talking story” about Eid al-Fitr, the day ending Ramadan.

Observing Ramadan is the title of the Boston Globe’s series of photos from its “Big Picture” feature.

How Ramadan Works comes from How Stuff Works.

The BBC has a slideshow on Ramadan: Worldwide.

The New York Times has a slideshow on Ramadan Begins In Jerusalem.

The Boston Globe’s Big Picture blog has just published a series of photos title Ramadan 2009.

“Ramadan” is a series of excellent photos from the Sacramento Bee.

The Wall Street Journal has a slideshow titled Muslims Celebrate Eid Holiday. It recognizes that Muslims around the world on Sunday began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a three-day feast that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr begins is a series of photos from The Sacramento Bee.

CBS News has a simple guide to Ramadan, as does “KiddyHouse.”

A Florida school has put together an explanation of the observance that provides audio support for the text.

The Guardian has a Ramadan interactive.

ABC News has several online videos about Ramadan, as does CNN.

The British Council has a lesson on the holiday for English Language Learners.

Ramadan around the world in pictures is a slideshow from The Telegraph.

Ramadan Begins is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.

The Sacramento Bee has a series of photos with the same title, Ramadan Begins.

Ramadan around the world is a slideshow from the Guardian.

Breaking Ramadan’s Fast is a TIME Magazine slideshow.

Here is a great collection of photos from The Boston Globe’s Big Picture about Ramadan 2010.

“Ramadan At The World’s Largest Restaurant” is a video from The Wall Street Journal. This is how they describe it:

Ramadan is a brisk period for restaurants all over the Islamic world, especially at the world’s largest restaurant in Damascus.

Eid al-Fitr Around The World is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.

Ramadan 2010 — Your Images comes from The Big Picture.

The Onset Of Ramadan is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.

Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ramadan

Ramadan Starts For Quarter Of The World is a lesson for English Language Learners.

Ramadan In The Year Of The Arab Spring is a TIME Magazine slideshow.

30 Mosques In 30 Days is another TIME slideshow.

Muslims celebrate holy month of Ramadan is a very good Associated Press interactive.

CNN has produced this accessible video explaining Ramadan:

Ramadan 2011 comes from The Boston Globe.

Muslims gather to celebrate Eid al-Fitr is from The Los Angeles Times.

Photos: Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr festival comes from CNN.

Ramadan – Online Exercises, Games, and Printable Worksheets comes from ESOL Courses.

Ramadan Begins is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.

Ramadan 2012 begins is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.

Eid al-Fitr Around the World is a slideshow.

Ramadan 2012 is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.

Muslim holy month of Ramadan 2012 is a photo gallery from The Sacramento Bee.

Photos Of Ramadan 2013 is from The Atlantic.

The Associated Press has a video explainer.

Ramadan 2013 begins is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.

The Muslim World Commemorates Eid al-Fitr is a slideshow from TIME.

Here’s a short video explainer from The Associated Press.

Ramadan: A centuries-old American tradition is from Al Jazeera.

9 Questions You Were Too Embarrassed To Ask About Ramadan is from BuzzFeed.

Ramadan: Five things you may not know is from The BBC.

Ramadan Chant is from The British Council.

I’d certainly be interested in hearing other suggestions, so please feel free to leave them in the comments section.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

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

4 Comments

  1. Mind if I mention our own Ramadan celebration – Ramadan on the Net – http://www.holidays.net/ramadan/.

    Thanks.

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  3. Wow! That’s a huge list, Larry. Here’s one more: ESL-Library has a weekly podcast based on materials from their subscription library. The podcasts are free and are available on the ESL-Library blog and on iTunes. A recent podcast featured the reading from the Ramadan lesson: http://esl-library.com/blog/2011/07/27/podcast-ramadan/ These are useful for English learners who want extra listening practice.

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