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June 29, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2018 – So Far

 

Another day, another mid-year “The Best…” list…..

I’m adding this post to All 2018 Mid-Year “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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The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers of ELLs in 2016 – So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2015 – Part Two

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2014 – Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2014 – So Far

The “All-Time” Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of English Language Learners

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2013 – So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2012 — Part One

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

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

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 2018 – So Far:

Guest Post: Teaching the Language of Science

Video: My Thirty Minute Presentation On Teaching English Language Learners

“‘Every Teacher’ has to Help ELLs Meet Common Core Standards”

Guest Post: Supporting ELLs In Math Instruction

Guest Post: Teaching Math To English Language Learners

Guest Post: “Speaking of Math: It’s time to talk in class”

Guest Post: “Support Reading, Support Mathematics Understanding”

Highlights From Last Two Weeks Of The Online Book Chat About Our New ELL Book

Another Reason iSLCollective Is One Of Top Sites For ELLs – Their New Online Homework Feature!

“Four games for vocabulary development”

Highlights From First Two Weeks Of The Online Book Chat About Our New ELL Book

“Culturally Responsive Teaching in the ELL Classroom”

Video: Katie & I Share ELL Instructional Strategies

“How to Use Oral Presentations to Help English Language Learners Succeed”

ALL Student Reproducibles From Our New Book Are Now Available To Everybody!

How Our Intermediate ELLs Taught Our Beginner ELLs About World War One Today

“Micro-Writing for English Learners” Is My New Article In ASCD’s “Educational Leadership”

Three Videos Of English Language Learners Giving Advice To Teachers

“Active Listening: Using Times Videos, Podcasts and Articles to Practice a Key Skill”

Grading English Language Learners – A Perspective From Two Teachers

English Language Learners Tell Us What Helps Them Learn

Geography Writing Frames For ELLs (They Can Be Used In Other Subjects, Too)

Here’s My Tentative Plan For A Support Class For Long-Term English Language Learners – Tell Me How I Can Make It Better

Wow! Amazing New Video Created By Smithsonian Will Probably Be Used In A Zillion ELL Classes

“Fifteen ways to adapt your textbook so your students aren’t bored to death”

New Research Quantifies The Vocabulary Improvement Generated By Reading – Here’s How I Plan To Use It In Class

One Of My Favorite – & Easiest – ELL Activities To Practice Speaking (Links & Recordings Included)

The Best Resources On “Differentiated Grading” For English Language Learners

A Collection Of My Best Resources On Teaching English Language Learners

It’s Christmas In May! Sac Library Now Lets Our Students Access Tons Of Online Resources By Student ID

Great Tool For Creating Sequencing Activities

Fun Activity For ELLs – Choose The MOST Correct Caption

Update On The Pilot Class Providing Support To Long-Term ELLs I’ll Be Teaching Next Year

Here Are Slides I Used In An Eight-Minute Presentation To Our Faculty – “Teaching ELLs”

New Study Finds That Teens Can Learn A New Language As Quickly As Younger Children

“How to Engage ELLs in Literary Conversations”

New Video: English Language Learners Share What Helps Them Learn

Ed Week Publishes Excerpt From Our New Book – Section On “Helping English-Learners End the School Year Strong”

Edutopia Publishes Excerpt From Our New Book – Section On “Activating Prior Knowledge”

Very Useful Twitter List For ELL/ESL/ELT Educators

“One Met. Many Worlds” Is A Cool Multilingual Art Gallery From The Met

English Language Learners Tell Us What Helps Them Learn

“Everything you Wanted to Know About Dual Immersion but Were Afraid to ask”

Study Shows Positive Impact Of Ed Tech On ELLs & Students With Special Needs

Langston Hughes Was Born On This Day In 1902 – Here Are Two Good Lessons For ELLs Using His Poetry

Padlet Now Lets You Record Audio – Zooms To The Top Of Most Useful Web 2.0 Tools For ELLs

If You Want To Know Who ELLs Are & Where They Are, This New Website Is For You

Using “The Diary Of Anne Frank” With ELL Newcomers!

A Fourth Step: “I Do, We Do, You Do” and then “You Teach”

Do You Want To Use This Survey With Your Intermediate & Advanced ELLs?

Lots Of Good Tidbits On Teaching English Language Learners

Here’s How I’m Trying To Incorporate More Retrieval Practice In Class – Let Me Know How I Can Improve

Second Statistic Of The Day: Many Cartoon Villains Speak in Foreign Accents

Using “Quick, Draw!” With ELLs & Other Students

Interview With Eddie Williams, ELL Teacher Featured In “The Newcomers”

“‘The Newcomers’: An Interview with Helen Thorpe”

iCivics Adds Bilingual Social Studies Game

LyricsGaps Gets Even Better – Now ALL Existing Songs Can Be Assigned & Student Progress Monitored

Four New Additions To Best Sites For English Language Learners

How refugee children make American education stronger is from The Conversation. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits.

Family Separations at the Border: What Educators Need to Know is from Colorin Colorado. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Terrible Practice Of Separating Immigrant Parents From Their Children.

VirtuEL is a free online professional development event for teachers of ELLs that took place last Saturday (I have a session, too). You can learn all about it here, including watching the video presentations at your leisure.

Why Teaching English Through Content Is Critical for ELL Students is from MindShift. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

Emotional Scaffolds: Reducing Barriers to Comprehension is from Tan Huynh.

How to teach conversational lessons is a great post from CECILIA NOBRE ELT BLOG. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Developing English Conversational Skills. You might also be interested in The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.

Focused Error Correction – how you can make a time-consuming necessity more effective and manageable is by Gianfranco Conti. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction.

Supporting English Language Learners Through Station Rotation is from ASCD. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Planning “Learning Stations” – Please Add More.

7 Things to Do NOW for Our ELL Writers is by Valentina Gonzalez.

Beyond Delivering Lessons: Engineering Student Interactions is from Tan Huynh.

Usable Knowledge at Harvard has published an impressive guide to Welcoming Newcomers.

Wait Time Can Make or Break Your Lesson is by Valentina Gonazalez. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Idea Of “Wait Time”

Why You Need to Try Tourbuilder with Newcomers is by Wendi Pillars.

Seven Step Vocabulary is a video from The Teaching Channel. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

Don’t Underestimate, Shortchange ELLs With Disabilities, Researcher Argues is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Assisting ELLs With Special Needs – Help Me Find More.

Unlocking Learning II: Math as a Lever for English Learner Equity is a new report from West Ed. Ed Week also has a good summary. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners.

The Teaching Channel has a nice video on Scaffolding Text Structure for ELLs, though it’s useful for everybody. I’m adding it to The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students.

Engaging Newcomers in Language and Content is a new series of videos from The Teaching Channel. I’m adding it to The Best Online Videos Showing ESL/EFL Teachers In The Classroom.

The British Council has what appears to be a relatively new feature called the Video Zone. It has videos and, importantly, accompanying interactive games. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

Schools’ Civil Rights Obligations to English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents is a very useful site from the U.S. Department of Education.

The British Council has math glossaries in several different languages, including Persian. I’m adding them to The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Math, Social Studies, & Science.

How to Teach English to Beginners Using Art is from Think English. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Using Art As A Way To Teach & Learn English – Help Me Find More.

Voice Tube looks sort of like a not-as-sophisticated English Central, though I don’t mean that as an insult.  It has a limited collection of videos, but seems to have several, though not all, of the features at English Central.  Nik Peachey writes about it here. It’s web-based, but also has phone apps, so I’m adding it to The Best Mobile Apps For English Language Learners

18 WAYS TO SUPPORT ENGLISH LEARNERS IN YOUR CLASSROOM IN 2018 (OR EVER!) is by Valentina Gonzalez.

The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools has developed an incredible collection of multilingual glossaries for just about every academic subject area and grade.

Gap-fill, Sentence Writing or Composition – Which Task Leads to Better Vocabulary Learning? is from ELT Research Bites. I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Creating Clozes (Gap-Fills).

You’ll want to check out all of Carol Salva’s podcasts on teaching ELLs:

May 19, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Five years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far. and The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – Part Two. Also, check out A Collection Of My Best Resources On Teaching English Language Learners.

In addition, look for our new book on teaching ELLs, which was published in the Spring of 2018.

Here are this week’s choices:

Educators face new challenges in ‘superdiverse’ classrooms where multiple languages are spoken is from the L.A. Daily News.

Focused Error Correction – how you can make a time-consuming necessity more effective and manageable is by Gianfranco Conti. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction.

These immigrants came for a better education. Now, they’ll never graduate high school is a depressing article from The Miami Herald.

Supporting English Language Learners Through Station Rotation is from ASCD. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Planning “Learning Stations” – Please Add More.

Here’s a video tweeted out by the National Teacher of the Year:

You’ll want to put this professional development event on your calendar. I’ll be posting more about it soon:

There but for fortune…..

January 13, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Five years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

You might also be interested in  The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far. and  The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – Part Two. Also, check out A Collection Of My Best Resources On Teaching English Language Learners.

In addition, look for our next book on teaching ELLs, which will be published in the Spring of 2018.

Here are this week’s choices:

New course uses art to help aspiring U.S. citizens learn American history is from NBC News. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Learning About Civic Participation & Citizenship.

3 Keys to Helping California’s Latino English Learners Achieve is from The 74.

Three enjoyable smartphone activities to get learners talking is from The British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.

After Trump Insult, Educators Rally Around Haitian, African Students is from Ed Week (also see What Message Does It Send To Our Students When President Of U.S. Calls African Countries & Haiti “Sh_tholes”?).

Irregular Verbs? Yes,Please! is from Blog de Cristina. I’m adding it to The Best Web Tools For Teaching Irregular Verbs & Verb Tenses — Contribute Your Suggestions!

Using Data to Help ELLs Succeed Requires Partnerships, Persistence, Report Argues is from Ed Week.

School districts confront bilingual teaching shortage is from District Administration.

I’m adding this next tweet to Best Posts On Metacognition:

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner.  It’s obviously not a video, but could be used in conjunction with them:

November 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – Part Two

 

Another day, another end-of-year “The Best…” list…..

I’m adding this post to All 2017 “Best” Lists In One Place.

I used to publish a separate list for ELL students, but just didn’t have it in me to continue doing so a couple of years ago.  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.

Don’t forget to look for our next book on teaching ELLs, which will be published in the Spring of 2018.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers of ELLs in 2016 – So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2015 – Part Two

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2014 – Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2014 – So Far

The “All-Time” Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of English Language Learners

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2013 – So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2012 — Part One

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

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

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 2017 – Part Two:

“The Newcomers” Looks Like An Incredible Book – How Could I Have Not Known This Was Coming Out?!

Carol Salva has begun a new podcast for ELL teachers!

The Best Advice To Content Teachers About Supporting English Language Learners

I’ve previously shared about how teachers can create music clozes (gap-fills) for students to complete while they listen to – and watch – popular music videos at LyricsGaps (see Create Customized Exercises & Monitor Student Progress At “LyricsGaps”). Now, though, you can -in seconds – assign any existing exercise on the site. All you have to do is click the “Share This Exercise” button (see screenshot at the top of this post). My students have to do five hours each week of homework from any of the sites at The Best Online Homework Sites For English Language Learners – Please Offer Your Own Suggestions.  I’m sure that LyricsGaps will now become a very popular option.

3 Tips for Supporting ELLs Through Co-Teaching & Collaboration is from The Teaching Channel. I’m adding it to The Best Online Videos Showing ESL/EFL Teachers In The Classroom.

Does English-Language-Learner Classification Help or Hinder Students? is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Ins & Outs Of Reclassifying ELLs.

Here are four new additions to The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites:

    • I’ve previously posted about E-Learning For Kids. They’ve added many additions online activities for math, English, Science and other subjects since that time.
    • EduTeach has lots of excellent video stories with closed captions.
    • These next two have a zillion animated stories perfect for ELLs.  And they’ve been awhile for a while.  However, I’ve been somewhat reluctant to share  or have my students use them because I know that similar sites have hosted the same stories after having stolen them.  Most of those sites that I know about have shut down, and these two have stayed around for many years. I don’t know if that’s because they host the stories lawfully, or because they may be hosted in China, which sometimes does not enforce intellectual property rights very forcefully.So. I’m adding them now, though will remove them if I learn they are stealing the stories from elsewhere.  Let me know if you have any information:  News 060s and E-Yep English Stories

USA Learns is on many “Best” lists, including The Best Online Homework Sites For English Language Learners – Please Offer Your Own Suggestions. It’s an excellent – and free – resource with several interactive courses for different levels of English Language Learners. They’ve just added a new feature – a course to prepare users for the U.S. Citizenship test. Not only is it great for students who are studying for that test, but it also would be helpful to those who are in U.S. History classes. I’m adding this particular addition to The Best Websites For Learning About Civic Participation & Citizenship.

6 Things We Should Never Say to Our ELLs is by Valentina Gonzalez and appeared in Middleweb.

Helping English Learners Build Vocabulary is by Jana Echevarria. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL and The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons:

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Food

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Christmas

One Of My Favorite – & Easiest – ELL Activities To Practice Speaking (Links & Recordings Included)

When ELs Make Oral Errors, What Can Teachers do? is from Tan Huynh. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction.

The Minneapolis Public School District has a nice Newcomer Toolkit.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember who originally shared it on Twitter.

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Home

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Family

Anthony Schmidt has written two important posts about written corrective feedback for ELLs: Written Feedback – Does it Work? – Part 1 and Written Feedback – Does it Work? – Part 2. I’m adding them to The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction.

Second-Language Learners’ Vocabulary and Oral Language Development is from The International Literacy Association and was written by Jana Echevarria, California State University, Long Beach and Claude Goldenberg, Stanford University.

ESSA & English Language Learners is the headline of one of my Education Week Teacher columns. In it, Margo Gottlieb, Sarah Said, Catherine Beck, Heidi Pace, Heather Wolpert-Gawron, Tabitha Dell’Angelo, and Lindsey Moses share their thoughts about how The Every Student Succeeds Act will affect English Language Learners.

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Holidays

What Do You Know About “Differentiated Grading” For ELLs?

I’ve known that helping students – both those proficient in English and English Language Learners – develop their oral reading fluency was important and had a positive impact on reading comprehension (see The Best Resources On Reading Fluency (Including How To Measure It) ). However, reading literacy expert Timothy Shanahan’s post, Round Robin by Any Other Name… Oral Reading for Older Readers, really brought home to me how important it is:

Based on those studies, many ELLs would be closer to the larger percentage. Take my advice – you’ll want to read his entire post!

Four ways to give ELL students feedback on their writing is the headline of my latest Teaching English – British Council post. You can see a list -and links – to all my previous British Council posts here. I’m adding this post to:

The Best Resources On Getting Student Writers To “Buy-Into” Revision – Help Me Find More

The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students

ELLs: Try These 5 Scaffolds in Any Subject is from Valentina Gonzalez and appeared in Middleweb. I’m adding it to The Best Advice To Content Teachers About Supporting English Language Learners.

Cognitive Load and Language Teaching – What Teachers Need to Know is by Anthony Schmidt.

The British Council shared this crowdsourced list of ELL class games. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

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Exploring the Impact of ESSA on English Language Learners is the topic of one of my eight-minute BAM! Radio Shows. I’m joined by Heather Wolpert-Gawron; Margo Gottlieb, Ph.D.; Cathy Beck; and Sarah Said.

What Would Your Ideal Classroom For English Language Learners Look Like?

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Halloween & The Day Of The Dead

How many new words should you teach per lesson? is by Gianfranco Conti. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

Using tasks in a Communicative Language Teaching classroom is from The English Teaching Professional, and I think it’s pretty interesting.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources On The Idea Of “Wait Time”:

Authentic Shared Revising & Editing is from Valentina Gonzalez.

Here’s The Thematic Schedule I’m Using In My ELL Beginner’s Class

Slideshow For Teaching About Colors & Sizes

I’m not sure how long they’ve had it, but the Al Jazeera news site has a very impressive tool for providing audio support for text – perfect for English Language Learners. It’s called “Read To Me,” and can be found at the top left of many, if not all, of its news stories. What makes it even more impressive is that each word is highlighted when its spoken, which makes it even more valuable. Yes, I know there are some concerns about Al Jazeera’s objectivity. However, I’ve never seen any issues with the articles I’ve used and shared. Teaching students how to be a savvy news consumer, of course, is another skill we have to teach (see The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More). I’m adding it to The Best News/Current Events Websites For English Language Learners.

The question of how to best support Long-Term English Language Learners is one that many schools are considering, including ours….I’ve previously collected a number of related resources at The Best Resources On Supporting Long-Term English Language Learners,and we’re exploring those resources. We’re discussing lots of options, including creating a special classes that LTELL’s could take along with their regular mainstream English class, which appears to be a common recommendation. What does your school do to support Long-Term ELLs? Do you have special support classes? If so, what is your curriculum?

Thanks to the National Writing Project, today I learned about Define American. Immigrants are invited to share “what you think makes a person a part of this country” by recording a short video or uploading an image and providing voice narration. I’m adding it to The Best Places Where Students Can Tell Their – And/Or Their Families – Immigration Story.

Earlier this year I sang the praises of the iSL Collective (iSLCollective Appears To Be A Jackpot For ELL Student Hand-Outs & Interactive Videos). I’ve continued to use the site as a wonderful resource for student hand-outs. However, for some reason, I didn’t really “bother” with their interactive videos. Then, I read about them again at Michelle Henry’s site, and explored them further. Boy, what a goldmine! Yes, you can create your own, and I’ll get around to doing that. But, for now, there are an amazing number of engaging, short videos that teachers can project and, as I do, have student with mini-whiteboards respond to questions when the video stops. The videos are searchable by lots of criteria, and there are already four hundred alone at the Beginner Level! Registration is free, but you don’t even have to sign-in to be able to use the videos (you do in order to create ones). Between their hand-outs and their videos, I’ve decided to move the site to an elite level – in my eyes. So I’m adding them to The Best Three Sites On The Web For ESL/EFL/ELL/ELT Teachers (which now makes four).

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Computers – Help Me Find More

Still images and language learning is a very interesting post by Nick Bilbrough. I think his ideas are very creative. They are a nice complement to a project we did last year: The Mannequin Challenge, ELLs & A Frozen Tableau.

Woolly Mammoths & Inductive Learning

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Months, Seasons & Days Of The Week

Here’s a new video from Education Week.

I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research.

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Numbers

I’m a big fan of the “ReadWorks” site (see “ReadWorks Digital” Came Online Today & It Looks Great!). They’ve now gotten even better. Now, many of their texts have “StepReads” versions, which they describe as:

Less complex versions of our nonfiction and literary Articles [that are]Lovingly handwritten by our authors, who preserve all of the important knowledge of the original article, as well as the key academic vocabulary, rich syntax, word count, and beauty of writing​.

I’m adding the info to The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”

Boys Are Not Defective is about boy and girl students in the Middle East, and it’s also very useful for those of us who are teaching refugees here.

WORDLESS VIDEOS FOR ELT is from Svetlana Kandybovich. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

The New Kahoot App – You’ve been Challenged! is from Carol Salva.

Critical Thinking and Beginning Writing Skills is from ELT Research Bites. I’m adding it to The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students.

Using a Strengths-Based Approach with ELs: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence and Chronic Stress is from Colorin Colorado. I’m adding it The Best Ways For Responding To Student Trauma – Help Me Find More.

Slideshow For ELLs: “Cline” or “Spectrum” On Temperature

“Simplish” Automatically Simplifies And/Or Summarizes Text

Thanks to Nik Peachey, I learned about an excellent free site called Apps 4 EFL. The site has a huge variety of ready-to-use interactives and games for English Language Learners. In addition, teachers can use the site’s tools to create their own. Even better, teachers can create free virtual classrooms where students can enroll. You can read more about it in Nik’s post. I’m adding this info to:

The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress

The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

Here’s What My ELL Students Are Reading & Writing About Columbus

Using “Spot The Difference” Pictures With ELLs

I’ve completed updated and revised The Best Sites For Learning How To Tell Time. I’m adding it to All My Thematic “Best” Lists For Beginning ELLs – In One Place!

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Clothes

How to Create Culturally Responsive Classrooms is by Valentina Gonzalez and appeared at Middleweb. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

The case for translation in foreign language instruction is by Gianfranco Conti. Some of my previously posts that are peripherally related to this topic are The Promise & Peril Of Using Google Translate In The ELL Classroom – Share Your Ideas and The Best Resources Explaining Why We Need To Support The Home Language Of ELLs.

A Guide for Engaging ELL Families: Twenty Strategies for School Leaders is from Colorin Colorado. I’m adding it to The Best Parent Engagement Resources For Immigrant Families.

3 Indicators of Effective Co-Teaching is by Tan Huynh. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Co-Teaching With ELLs – Please Suggest More.

U.S. History Students Creating A “Buffalo Hide Painting” – Lesson & Student Hand-Out

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About The Weather

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn Colors

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn Vocabulary About The Human Body

ADDING A PARAMETER TO COLD CALL is by Doug Lemov. He shares a simple suggestion that could help ELLs, and all students, respond to teachers’ questions better. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English (and I have to rename that list one of these days, since it includes recommendations for classroom practice as well as websites).

A Quick-Start Guide for Teaching English-Language Learners is an excellent piece by Wendi Pillars.

Internet Polyglot is a simple site that is very good for Beginning English Language Learners. It teaches vocabulary in many different languages. It’s particularly helpful for the many Farsi-speaking refugees coming into my classes – Duolingo doesn’t have a Farsi course, and the Voice of American shut-down the excellent Farsi/English online site they used to have… I’m adding it to The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites.

Helping Beginning ELLs Learn About Adjectives

 

It was nice to see this sign greeting students at our school earlier this year. It’s part of our district’s “safe haven” effort (see Sacramento City Unified School District Launches Campaign To Assist Undocumented Students). Good timing, considering that it was the same day Trump Makes Terrible Decision To End DACA.

A Message From A Houston Teacher

Four Surefire Techniques for Engaging English Language Learners is an excellent article by Valentina Gonzalez.

Guest Post: Gif Lingua Is An Excellent Resource For ELL Students & Teachers

Resources From All My Blogs

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About School

Make Back-to-School A Positive Experience for English Learners is by Jana Echevarria. I’m adding it to Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”

Twinkl looks like a fantastic site to find and/or create learning resources. I learned about it from Monika ‘Mona’ Kisala. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Free ESL/EFL Hand-Outs & Worksheets.

Eight listening-research findings every teacher should be aware of and their implications for teaching and learning is by Gianfranco Conti. I’m adding it to The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners.

10-step guide to teaching effective conversation classes is from Teach English Spain. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English. You might also be interested in Here’s A Plan For An Oral Skills Class Next Year – Please Help Make It Better!

Can I Still Rely on the National Reading Panel Report? is an excellent post from literacy expert Timothy Shanahan. I certainly still rely on it, and it was great to read that follow-up studies have found that its recommendations work for English Language Learners, too. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Reading Strategies & Comprehension – Help Me Find More!

The Best Resources For Planning “Learning Stations” – Please Add More

Advocating For ELLs is a relatively new Facebook Group you might be interested in exploring and/or joining (I’m a member!). Here’s how Valentina Gonzalez describes it:

This group serves as a resource for educators who work with English Language Learners. It is a place for the members to collaborate and share information.

Is a New English-Proficiency Test Too Hard? Educators and Experts Debate. is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

The Best Examples Of ELL Student Writing

Resources For Spanish-Speakers Not Literate In Their Home Language

Eight Free Downloadable Children’s Books In Khmer – More On The Way (Maybe In Other Languages, Too)

The Best Parent Engagement Resources For Immigrant Families

The Backseat Linguist has speaks some truth about a new study: Academic Vocabulary Instruction: Does Word Generation Really Teach You Two Years’ Worth of Words in 22 Weeks? I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary.

Guest Post: “Co-Teaching Dos and Don’ts”

Guest Post From An English Language Learner Student

The Best Online Homework Sites For English Language Learners – Please Offer Your Own Suggestions

Guest Post: “PD in your Pjs: How to navigate #EllChat_BkClub on Twitter”

Gianfranco Conti, one of the sharpest minds around in the language teaching world (I’ve previously shared many of his posts) has just begun a Facebook group called Global Innovative Language Teachers that includes teachers of all languages, including ELL/ESL/ELT educators. He was kind enough to write this description:

Global Innovative Language Teachers is a support group whose mission is to bring together language teachers from all over the world in the hope to go beyond insular views of language teaching pedagogy created by national curricula, imposed methods and theories and individual school policies and micro-cultures. 

Speaking of Gianfranco, check out his post, Eight narrow reading techniques that will enhance your students’ vocabulary and reading skills.

Ana Cristina wrote a post about an intriguing site called Word Booster. Paste in the url address of any online article and it will immediately provide you with several free PDFs of the article that has been displayed in a reader-friendly way, a word list, and a vocabulary test. I’m generally skeptical of sites that automatically create learner materials. I’ve got to say, though, that my experiments with Word Booster have resulted in some decent sheets. I still wouldn’t generally use them in my lessons. However, I think I will try it out next year by having students pick any article of their choice online and create their own sheets to complete. It might be interesting to see how it goes. I’m adding this info to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

I’ve previously sung the praises of CommonLit (see “CommonLit” Now Lets Teachers Create Free Virtual Classrooms). They’ve now made their site even more accessible to English Language Learners. Read about it at their article that has a somewhat over-reaching headline: Transformative Tools for ELLs and Struggling Readers

Thanks to Carol Salva, I learned about a NY Times column headlined What Is America to Me? In it, writer Margaret Renkl tells about her experience working in an ELL classroom in Nashville, and the challenges facing students – especially after the election of President Trump.

Using “Wrote My Way Out” From Hamilton With Students (Including Writing Prompt)

Guest Post: Advanced ELLs Write About Their Summer School Experience Tutoring Newcomers

Here are some nice collections of printable academic sentence-starters that I’m adding to The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary:

Let me know what I’m missing!

The Best Resources & Ideas For Using Sound Effects In ELL Lessons

Phonics for English Learners? What Do You Think? is a post by literacy expert Timothy Shanahan, and is the best piece I’ve ever read on phonics and ELLs. Unfortunately, he doesn’t actually recommend how best to teach phonics, but I guess you can’t have everything. I’m adding it to The Best Articles & Sites For Teachers & Students To Learn About Phonics.

RTI and English Learners: 4 Considerations is by Jana Echevarria. I’d like to particularly recommend her seven questions “to distinguish between disability and language difference.” I’ m adding it to The Best Resources On Assisting ELLs With Special Needs – Help Me Find More.

Bingo! There Are Issues With This Study On Grit & ELLs, But I Am Sure Going To Use It With My Students

The Best Sites For ELLs To Practice Online Dictation

The Best Videos For Content Teachers With ELLs In Their Classes – Please Suggest More

This website has an incredible collection of short narrated slideshows where immigrants share their stories. You can also view and/or download transcripts. They would be great models for students to use to create their own. Thanks to Damaris Gutierrez for sharing it on Twitter.

Teacher & Student Friendly Resources On Phonemic Awareness – Please Suggest More

Wordsmyth seems like an exceptional online dictionary that lets you create several different types of vocabulary quizzes. Teachers can get accounts for free. The site has many other features, as well. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Create Online Tests. However, Bob Parks (its creator) tells me that they “are developing new functionality for teachers, including a full vocabulary study system.” When that happens, I might also add it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

The Best Resources On Co-Teaching With ELLs – Please Suggest More

I Am Learning Inglés: A Dual-Language Comic is a comic from NPR.

Carol Salva writes about the many ways teachers can use the Kahoot game with ELLs.

I’ve Found These Decent Online Exercises To Teach Paraphrasing – Can You Suggest More?

Drawception is an online site where users play a weird but fun combination of Pictionary and the Telephone game. It’s been around for awhile, but they now finally added the ability to create private virtual rooms so that you can control who you get to play with – a must if teachers are going to use it with students. I’ve added it to The Best Online Games Students Can Play In Private Virtual “Rooms” and just updated the entire list.

Eight Characteristics of Effective (& Awesome) ESL Teachers is from Valentina Gonzalez.

Here’s a video from Carol Salva:

Your Walls as a Co-Teacher is a great post from Carol Salva.

Video(s): My #VirtuEL17 Session On SEL & ELLs (Plus Supporting Links) & Everyone Else’s Session, Too!

Video: New “Ferdinand” Movie Trailer Released

I Suspect That Many ELL Teachers Will Want To Use These Personal Stories As Models For Their Students

The Best Resources For Learning About The Seasons Of The Year

I’m a big fan of StoryCorps and have written about them many times. They’ve recently begun producing a “weekly broadcast” described as “Stories from Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs.” These are short and simple videos with images and the transcript appearing as the words are spoken. You can see all of them at this YouTube playlist.

A “must-read” piece is Brookings’ post, English learners and the growing need for qualified teachers. It’s filled with useful info and links.

Here’s What I’m Doing As “Part Two” For My ELL Beginner Finals

October 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Five years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far.

In addition, look for our next book on teaching ELLs, which will be published in the Spring of 2018.

Here are this week’s choices:

How many new words should you teach per lesson? is by Gianfranco Conti. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

The newest issue of my favorite English teaching journal, Humanising Language Teaching, is now online.

Using tasks in a Communicative Language Teaching classroom is from The English Teaching Professional, and I think it’s pretty interesting.

Tips for teaching in a low-tech classroom is from The British Council.

Authentic Shared Revising & Editing is from Valentina Gonzalez.

English-language learners make the front pages – but that’s not enough is by Conor Williams and appeared in The Grade.

Ready-Made Lesson: Personal Identity is from Blog de Cristina. I’m adding it to The Best Places For Students To Learn About…Their Names.

The bilingual brain calculates differently depending on the language used is from Science Daily.

Three policies to improve children’s language development is from Science Daily.

Early Bilingualism Helps With Learning Languages Later in Life, Study Shows is from Ed Week.

Here’s a useful video from Colorin Colorado:

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom:

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources On The Idea Of “Wait Time”:

September 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Four years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:

How to Create Culturally Responsive Classrooms is by Valentina Gonzalez and appeared at Middleweb. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

Research Shows Spanish Speakers Take Longer To Learn English. Why? is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement.

Adapting the alibi game – part 1 and Adapting the alibi game – part 2 is by Mike Astbury. It’s more of an activity than a game. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English, where I also include ideas for speaking (and not just links to exercises).

4 TEFL Speaking Activities is from Engames. I’m adding it to the same list.

The case for translation in foreign language instruction is by Gianfranco Conti. Some of my previously posts that are peripherally related to this topic are The Promise & Peril Of Using Google Translate In The ELL Classroom – Share Your Ideas and The Best Resources Explaining Why We Need To Support The Home Language Of ELLs.

A Guide for Engaging ELL Families: Twenty Strategies for School Leaders is from Colorin Colorado. I’m adding it to The Best Parent Engagement Resources For Immigrant Families.

Bilingual education advocates celebrate first new policy for English language learners in 20 years is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California.

3 Indicators of Effective Co-Teaching is by Tan Huynh. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Co-Teaching With ELLs – Please Suggest More.

This tweet contains a great video that ELLs can watch and write and say what they see. I’m adding it to The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters — Help Me Find More:

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Sites To Help Teach About 9/11:

September 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Four years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:

ADDING A PARAMETER TO COLD CALL is by Doug Lemov. He shares a simple suggestion that could help ELLs, and all students, respond to teachers’ questions better. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English (and I have to rename that list one of these days, since it includes recommendations for classroom practice as well as websites).

A Quick-Start Guide for Teaching English-Language Learners is an excellent piece by Wendi Pillars.

VIDEOGLOSS: CHOCOLATE ROULADE provides an excellent lesson idea. It’s from Svetlana Kandybovich. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them).

Question Charts is from the On The Same Page blog. I think it’s an interesting idea, and I’m pondering various kinds of adaptations. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More.

Adapting your go-to games: backs to the board is by Mike Astbury. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

Questions that Drive Co-Teaching is by Tan Huynh. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Co-Teaching With ELLs – Please Suggest More.

Trump order could give immigration agents a foothold in US schools is from The Guardian.

I’ve previously written about a speaking exercise I do (see Using a “Three-Two-one” Speaking Activity) that is very similar to the one described in the positive research cited in this tweet:

August 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Four years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:

I’ll start off with the big news that Katie Hull and I have “completed” the 120,000 word manuscript for our next book on teaching ELLs. We have to clean it up and go over it again before we actually send it to the publisher in a couple of weeks, but it’s looking good! It will be out next March and will be published by Jossey-Bass. I’ll obviously be sharing more about it in the coming months.

Reader Enna suggests Shuffle Onion as a new addition to The Best Sites For Creating Sentence Scrambles.

Make Back-to-School A Positive Experience for English Learners is by Jana Echevarria. I’m adding it to Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”

BACK TO SCHOOL! is from Svetlana Kandybovich. I’m adding it to the same list.

Twinkl looks like a fantastic site to find and/or create learning resources. I learned about it from Monika ‘Mona’ Kisala. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Free ESL/EFL Hand-Outs & Worksheets.

Google’s voice typing tech adds support for 30 more languages is from TechCrunch. I’ve sometimes used this feature with ELLs (see The New Voice Typing Feature In Google Docs Is Great – I Wonder If ELLs Can Use It For Pronunciation Practice?). But the TechCrunch got me wondering if it could be an effective tool to help students who are not literate in their home language? Obviously, it couldn’t be the primary strategy for them to develop that literacy, but it seems to me that it certainly couldn’t hurt. I’m going to give it a try with some of my students in that situation. I’m adding this info to The Best Online Resources For Teachers of Pre-Literate ELL’s & Those Not Literate In Their Home Language. If you’re wondering why an ELL teacher is concerned about this issue, check out The Best Resources Explaining Why We Need To Support The Home Language Of ELLs.

Use The Gif Lingua Reading / Writing Library is an important resource from David Deubelbeiss.

Research Aims to Bring English-Learner Data Into Focus is from Ed Week.

Don’t teach your students what to learn, teach them how to learn is from English For Asia. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Metacognition.

Urban Schools Launch Purchasing Consortium to Increase the Quality of Instructional Materials for English-Language Learners is from The Council of the Great City Schools. I’ll be interested to see how this plays out….

Refugee Students Don’t Negatively Affect the Education of Peers, Study Finds seems obvious to me, but I guess not to everyone. It’s from Ed Week.

Reading, Writing and Refugees is from The New York Times.

The Models of Co-Teaching is by Tan Huynh. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Co-Teaching With ELLs – Please Suggest More.

Eight listening-research findings every teacher should be aware of and their implications for teaching and learning is by Gianfranco Conti. I’m adding it to The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners.

10-step guide to teaching effective conversation classes is from Teach English Spain. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English. You might also be interested in Here’s A Plan For An Oral Skills Class Next Year – Please Help Make It Better!

I’ve previously posted about how our district is supporting undocumented students and their families (see Sacramento City Unified School District Launches Campaign To Assist Undocumented Students). Ed Source has published a related useful resource: What it means when a school district declares itself a ‘safe haven’ or ‘sanctuary’: a quick guide.

Voter initiative opens door to expansion of popular dual language immersion programs is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California.

Spanish-speaking teachers getting special training to meet California’s demand for more bilingual teachers is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to the same list.

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