This list focuses on sites that ELL students would use directly. Of course, many other sites on my other lists can also be used effectively with ELL’s.
This “Part Two” is relatively short but, believe me, “Part One” more than makes up for it…
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Here are my choices for The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2012 — Part Two:
I’ve previously posted about Meograph, a web tool that lets you create an audio-narrated digital story. I did have one reservation about it, though — it apparently did not let you grab images off the web by inserting its url address. Then, Richard Byrne wrote a post about Meograph starting a new education page.
That prompted me to visit their site again to see if they had added that feature of grabbing photos off the web. I didn’t see it, and shot them an email asking if they were planning on having that capability in the future. Well, they responded immediately and said that it’s there now — all you have to do it copy and paste the image’s url address in the YouTube field. That ability now possibly makes it an almost ideal digital storytelling tool for English Language Learners.
Web of Stories is a pretty cool site that easily allows students to tell their stories or interview a family member or friend about theirs.
PictoLang provides a series of interactives designed for English Language Learners (and learners of other languages) to gain basic vocabulary knowledge.
Two sites — UneteAlSueno.org in Spanish and WeOwnTheDream.org in English — have been unveiled to help immigrants considering applying for the Obama Administrations “Deferred Action” program. It looks like these two sites are the “go to” ones for anyone who wants information on the initiative.
BlockAvenue gives every neighborhood in the United States a “grade” and lets users review businesses in each area, too. It could be an excellent place for students to do some authentic writing, which is why I’m adding it to The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience.”
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