Another day, another mid-year “The Best…” list…..
I’m adding this post to All Mid-Year 2017 “Best” Lists In One Place.
Ordinarily, I also publish a separate list for ELL students, but just didn’t have it in me to do that this month. You can see links to all those past posts at The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – Part Two. I’ve included resources that I would ordinarily put in that list in this post, instead.
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Here are my choices for The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2017 – So Far:
Best Practices for Serving English Language Learners and Their Families is from Teaching Tolerance.
Video Playlist: Five Essential Practices for the High School ELL Classroom is new from The Teaching Channel. I’ll be using some of these clips in my university ELL Methods class.
Teaching English – British Council is one of the best resources for ELL teachers on the web. You can subscribe to their free email newsletter here.
3 Reasons To Dump Round Robin Reading and What To Do Insteadis by Valentina Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Students Reading Aloud Individually In ESL Class — But I Need Your Help Finding Research On The Topic.
Thanks to The Backseat Linguist, I learned about The Language Muse. It appears to be Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) attempt to break into the English Language Learner market. It will take any text you give it and automatically turn it into a zillion different learning activities you can either assign electronically or via paper. I have lots of concerns about tools that spit out automatic activities (see “textivate” Has Potential, But…..), but you might want to try out The Language Muse. You have to request a password, and I received one within twelve hours. It seems free to use now, but I think it’s a safe bet that ETS will be charging schools in the not-so-distant future. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress.
I’m adding this tweet to The Best Sites For Learning Strategies To Teach ELL’s In Content Classes:
— Tan Huynh (@TanELLclassroom) April 28, 2017
StoryWorld is a new site that has about forty bilingual stories (English/Spanish or English/Chinese) with audio support for the text. Teachers can easily create virtual classrooms. You can get a thirty-day free trial (no credit card number required). Then, it costs $69 per year for a classroom. I think it might be particularly useful for my Spanish-speaking students who are not literate in their home language. I’m going to try it out this month and see. I’m also adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress and The Best Online Resources For Teachers of Pre-Literate ELL’s & Those Not Literate In Their Home Language.
I’ve previously written a lot about The Teaching English British Council Facebook page. I can’t say enough about it – it’s just about the most useful site on the web for teachers of ELLs. In addition to being useful for ELL teachers, though, they’ve also begun to share helpful materials for teachers of anybody. I’d encourage you to become a regular visitor if you aren’t already.
The Backseat Linguist has a nice commentary on a recent study about phonics. It raises important questions, especially in light of some who claim the study prove phonics is the way to go. Personally, I’m a believer and practitioner in teaching phonics inductively – not in the mind-numbing way it’s often taught. You can see more at The Best Articles & Sites For Teachers & Students To Learn About Phonics.
You’ll want to read A Newcomer’s Journey by ELL teacher Astrid Emily Francis.
This is a simple, but brilliant, game. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom:
Ss loved this vocabulary game! Roll the 🎲to determine which word to use. 11 and 12 means you have to pick 2 words to use together. pic.twitter.com/fuxIgQEnSn
— Katie Toppel, Ed.D. (@Toppel_ELD) April 13, 2017
Games For Language has a very nice story-telling interactive for English Language Learners (they have ones for learners of other languages, too). My students enjoyed it this past week.
Circle Games is from the British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.
“Focus Bulletins” from WIDA provide in-depth reports on a variety of ELL-related issues.
— valentina gonzalez (@ValentinaESL) March 16, 2017
Making Learning Stick: Total Physical Response is by Valentina Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Total Physical Response (TPR).
Big news this year in the ELL world is the release by the National Academy of Sciences of a monster report titled Promoting the Educational Success of Children and Youth Learning English: Promising Futures. It’s 415 pages, and I get tired just looking at the Table of Contents. You can read a short summary at Ed Week. My quick perusal of it didn’t turn up anything most ELL teachers don’t already know. However, it never hurts to be able to cite the National Academy of Sciences as support for something you want to do in the classroom.
David Deubelbeiss, the hardest-working person in the ESL/EFL/ELL world, has unveiled a revamping of his excellent GIFLingua site. Check it out! It looks great!
7 Strategies To Support ELLs in Writing Instruction is by Valentina Gonzalez.
Why marking your students’ books should be the least of your priorities is from The Language Gym and is one of the best pieces I’ve ever read about error correction. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction.
Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff comes from Teaching Tolerance.
I previously posted about a great Jimmy Fallon activity he calls Mad Lib Theater. Teacher Daniel took the idea and “ran with it” – he created some great student hand-outs and a lesson plan.
Desk Olympics is a good post and a must-watch video from Carol Salva.
Ending the No Child Left Behind Catch-22 on English learner progress is an important article in Ed Source by LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND AND KENJI HAKUTA.
How do I make my anchor charts ELL friendly? is by Valentina Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Providing Scaffolds To Students.
Five tips for using authentic video in the classroom is from The British Council and is pretty interesting. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.
Four ways to encourage speaking in the ELL classroom is the headline of my latest post at the British Council.
Top Five Vocabulary Strategies for English Language Learners is by Erica Hilliker at The Teaching Channel.
Student Engagement: Key to Personalized Learning is the headline of my fairly lengthy article in ASCD Educational Leadership. In it, I discuss various personalized learning strategies for both English Language Learners and English-proficient students. I also include a list of recommended free resources.