I have an insane amount of resources on this blog related to teaching English Language Learners.
I thought readers might find it useful if I put together a collection – in one post – of the materials I have either written or brought together (I’ll be posting a similar collections on student motivation and another one on parent engagement, two of the other topics I’ve written about a lot)
I’ll have to start with All My NY Times Posts For English Language Learners – Linked With Descriptions. I’ve written nearly one-hundred posts for The New York Times Learning Network over the past few years, and practically all of them have focused on teaching English Language Learners.
I’ve written nearly thirty posts for the British Council, the largest organization promoting English-language teaching and learning around the world, and you can see a list of them – with links – here.
I’ve authored or co-authored four books on teaching English Language Learners, and a fourth one will be published next April. There are a zillion free resources from them, including student hand-outs and lesson plans. Clicking on each of the book’s titles will lead you to all of those freebies:
The ELL Teacher’s Toolbox: Hundreds of Practical Ideas to Support Your Students was published in 2018. There are a ton of free resources at that link.
Here are some articles I’ve authored or co-authored about teaching ELLs (several are book excerpts). They’ve appeared in various publications, including The Washington Post, Edutopia, Education Week and ASCD Education Leadership:
- Student Engagement: Key to Personalized Learning
- Strategies for teaching the Common Core — no matter what you think about the standards
- Common Core Writing and ELLs
- Collaborative Writing, Common Core, and ELLs
- Peer Review, Common Core, and ELLs
- How to Cultivate Student Agency in English Language Learners
- Ideas for “Close Reading” with ELL Students
- Helping English-Learners Meet the Common-Core’s Speaking and Listening Standards
- Chat Stations, Predictions, and ‘Wingmen’: More Speaking and Listening Activities for ELLs
- 5-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos for ELL Classrooms
- Teaching Argument Writing to ELLs
- English-Language Learners and Academic Language
- Using Photos With English Language Learners
- Eight Ways to Use Video With English Language Learners
- What to do — and not do — for growing number of English Language Learners
- Using Games in the ELL Classroom, Part I
- Using Games in the ELL Classroom, Part II
- Seven Tips for Building Positive Relationships with English Language Learners
- Assessment & Reflection With ELLs—And All Students
- Getting Organized Around Assets
- Do’s & Don’ts For Teaching English Language Learners
- Students Remember More When They Tell Stories
- Freire’s Learning Sequence
- Micro-Writing for English Learners
- Activating Prior Knowledge With English Language Learners
- Helping English-Learners End the School Year Strong
- How to Use Oral Presentations to Help English Language Learners Succeed
- How to Engage ELLs in Literary Conversations
- Culturally Responsive Teaching in the ELL Classroom
I’ve published many columns in my Education Week Teacher “teacher advice” column on Teaching English Language Learners.
Eight-minute radio shows accompany most of the Ed Week columns. You can find the ELL-related ones at All My BAM! Radio Shows About English Language Learners.
I’ve also made several videos related to ELLs.
Here are a few of the many ELL-related “Best” lists I’ve published (I think these are the most key ones):