Another day, another “The Best…” list…..
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Here are my choices for The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2013 – So Far:
Video In The Classroom is by David Deubelbeiss.
David Deubelbeiss has collected all his ESL/EFL/ELL Teacher Training Presentations in one place.
Thanks to Judie Haynes, I saw this video, Best TV shows for learners of English. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them).
The same people who created this video are creating sixty others related to English-language teaching. It might be worth visiting the video on YouTube and checking out their other ones.
TESOL Report: The Changing Role of the ESL Teacher is by Diane Staehr Fenner. Here’s a direct link to the report she writes about. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Common Core Standards & English Language Learners.
The Common Core State Standards and English Learners: A Resource Page is from TESOL. I’m adding it to the same list.
The news magazine The Week has a surprisingly interesting collection of articles about language. Here are a few of their recent ones:
Ideas for English-Language Learners | Celebrating the End of the School Year is my post (co-authored by Katherine Schulten) at The New York Times.
David Deubelbeiss has put together a great virtual online book of songs and videos for ELLs.
The New York Times has an op-ed piece from two university educators who have done surveys of immigrant youth in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s titled Immigrant Kids, Adrift. The column doesn’t paint a completely negative picture, but it is pretty depressing. Here’s what I think is the worst part:
I’m sure that this is not the case at our school. However, we are also divided into Small Learning Communities, where 300 students and 20 teachers stay together for multiple years. Do you think this statistic is truly representative of schools generally?
Jossey-Bass, the publisher of our book, The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide, recently told us that our book has been selected by Walden University for their Canter Read4Credit™ Courses. You can read more about it here.
Lessons On Movies is a new site created by the incomparable Sean Banville. It’s the latest addition to Sean’s “empire” of free and helpful websites for English language learners and their teachers.
Stemming the Tide of English-Learner Dropouts is an important post from Education Week.
Response: Common Core & ELLs — Part Two is the title of one of my posts over at Education Week Teacher.
Ideas for English-Language Learners | Earth Day and the Environment is another one of my posts over at The New York Times. I think teachers might find it interesting, and it includes a lesson building on the work of Paulo Freire.
Teach-This.com is a new addition to The Best Sites For Free ESL/EFL Hand-Outs & Worksheets. It’s free, and no registration is required to download the materials.
Never Forget a Useful Phrase Again – Introducing Phrasebook for Google Translate is the title of Google’s new post about a neat new feature they’re adding.
It basically allows you “save” frequently used phrases.
It seems to me they’re overhyping the new feature as a language-learning tool:
Phrasebook for Google Translate jumpstarts this slow learning process by allowing you to save the most useful phrases to you, for easy reference later on, exactly when you need them. By revisiting the useful phrases in your Phrasebook from time to time, you can turn any brief translation into lasting knowledge.
What it can be useful for, though, is as a timesaver for teachers who might use it with parents or with very early English Language Learners for basic communication purposes.
Feedback is welcome, including additional suggestions.
Ideas for English Language Learners | The Real Harlem Shake, Mapping Memories and More is a post at The New York Times Learning Network.
ELTchat has a new website where transcripts and summaries of all chats are archived. The old site was eltchat.com and the new one is eltchat.org. Links to the old site no longer work.
After 31 editions of ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival, it was time for it to be refreshed. So I’ve worked with other bloggers to “re-brand” it as The ELT Blog Carnival and it now has its own permanent site!
What’s the “trick” for motivating more L2 in our #ELT classrooms? is by Brad Patterson.
Ideas for English Language Learners | Labeling Photos, Sequencing Passages and More is another of my posts over at The New York Times.
The ELL Toolbox published Lesson Planning for English Language Learners, which are some useful “cheat sheets” for ELL lesson planning.
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