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The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2011 — Part Two

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Lots of great resources for ESL/EFL/ELL teachers have been posted on the Web over the past year. I posted The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2011 — So Far in August, so this list will just cover the period of time since then.

In addition to that August post, you might be interested in:

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s — 2010

The Best Sites For Teachers Of English Language Learners — 2009

Here are my choices for The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2011 — Part Two:

I’m going to start off by sharing “The Best…” lists since I’ve posted in August and that specifically relate to ESL/EFL/ELL teachers:

The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction
The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites
The Best Sites For Learning Strategies To Teach ELL’s In Content Classes
The Best Resources On Teaching Multilevel ESL/EFL Classes
The Best Online Resources For “Information Gap” Activities
The Best Resources On ELL’s & Standardized Tests
A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists For Sites Where ELL’s Can Create Art
A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists For Online Books Accessible To ELL’s
A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists For Online ELL Video Sites

Here are some additional resources discovered since August:

Jason Renshaw has made all of his TOEFL iBT practice test materials, tutorials and sample answers available for free!

Useful Charts has a very nice compilation of….useful charts. I really like their English Verb Tenses Explained.

What Teachers Can Learn from English-Language Learners is a nice post from Lesli Maxwell, who is now posting at Ed Week’s Learning The Language blog.

I’ve been doing a lot of video recording using my iPhone this year with my Beginning and Intermediate English Language Learners. It’s been great, though the audio is picked-up pretty poorly. So, last week I invested $50 in an IK Multimedia iRig Mic Handheld Mic for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad and tried it out today. It made an incredible difference, and all you have to do is plug it into the iPhone. My students made book trailers (you can read more about book trailers here). You can see them all on our class blog.

Berni Wall published the 25th Edition of EFL/ESL/ELL Blog Carnival! She asked for teachers to contribute the most popular posts from their blogs and, boy, did she get them. This edition is filled with gems!

Here are some of our class blogs:

This is our new blog for Beginning and Intermediate English Language Learners. Since it’s new, it just includes what we’ve done up to this time of the school year.

This is last year’s blog for Intermediate English Language Learners.

This is our new United States History blog for Beginning and Intermediate English Language Learners. Since it’s new, it just includes what we’ve done up to this time of the school year.

This is our two-year old United States History class blog for Intermediate ELL’s.

Check out my post This Will Be A GREAT Project For ELL Students!

Lynne Weintraub of Citizenship News emailed this video of a naturalization ceremony. I’m just going to quote her description. One thing she doesn’t mention is that it has subtitles. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Learning About Civic Participation & Citizenship.

If you’re looking for a video of a USCIS Oath Ceremony to show your students, there are plenty on YouTube, however they’re mostly home-made, and don’t have clear sound quality or visuals. Here’s a link to an Oath Ceremony that was filmed 9/23/11, by USCIS for their YouTube channel. The video has professional quality visual and sound quality, and features some famous people: Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security (who administers the oath), Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (who tells about becoming a citizen herself, and how much that meant to her) and Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior. As is traditional for Oath Ceremonies, there is the “Presentation of the Colors” (flag ceremony), the group says the Pledge of Allegiance, and sings the National Anthem.

It takes a while to view the whole thing (it’s 37 minutes long), but even if you fast-forward through some of the sections, it’s a good resource for giving students an idea of what to expect at their Oath Ceremonies.

Grockit Answers lets you pick any video from YouTube and create a series of questions about it. The great feature is that you can set the time on the video for each question to alert the viewer when the answer will appear. It’s an excellent scaffold for Beginning English Language Learners (though I’d say it’s probably too much of one for many other students). ESL Video is still clearly the overall best video quiz creation site for ELL’s. Grockit Answers, though, is also easy to use, and it’s timing annotation could be very helpful to Beginners.

Brad Patterson began a “Blog Challenge: compare and contrast photo” inviting bloggers to share two somewhat similar photos that students can “compare and contrast.” It’s a great idea, and you can find a list of links on Brad’s blog of teachers who have taken up that challenge and posted their own two similar photos. It’s a treasure trove!

Here is my contribution. The first is a photo of students on a San Francisco field trip, and the second is one of students celebrating Hmong New Year.

I’ve previously posted about the iPhone app called Sock Puppets, and how it’s a great way for English Language Learners to practice speaking. Here’s a sample from my class, and you can see a bunch more on our class blog. By the way, I offered extra credit for students say I was a “bad” teacher in the dialogue, but nobody wanted to :) :

Eva Buyuksimkesyan published a fabulous 24th Edition of EFL/ESL/ELL Blog Carnival chock full of “Warmers, Fillers and 1st Week Activities.” This is a Blog Carnival that teachers will be referring to for years to come!

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