Last week, my classes all of a sudden became more challenging.
Instead of teaching two separate classes of United States History to Intermediate English Language Learners, one double-block period of Beginning ELL’s, and one period of IB Theory of Knowledge, my schedule now looks like this:
First Period: U.S. History to Intermediate ELL’s
Second Period: Prep
Third and Fourth Period: Combined class of Beginners and Intermediates
Fifth Period: U.S. History to Intermediate and Beginning ELL’s
Sixth Period: Theory of Knowledge
It’s all going to work out fine, and I’ll certainly get some new good ideas out of it to add to my upcoming book on teaching ELL’s :) (Katie Hull, my co-author and colleague, and I just submitted our 90,000 word manuscript to editors over the weekend — it will be published next July, and I’ll have time to make additions in December).
But it did force me to make some changes to my new English class blog. It now includes a list of accessible links to what, in my opinion, are the Best Sites For Beginners, Intermediates, and Advanced English Language Learners (Katie’s class of advanced students will now also use the site).
I just copied the sidebar from the class blog and pasted it here. You can find more specific reviews for all of them if you search this blog. I also included a section from the sidebar where I’ll be adding music and video sites that I’ll be using in the classroom via computer project — those sites are blocked to students, but not to teachers.
Let me know what you think — am I missing something?
Feel free to add suggestions in the comments, and also feel free to visit the class blog, which will be continually updated with new assignments and sites.
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