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May 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far

 

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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The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s — 2010

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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.

S is for Speaking (1) is by Scott Thornbury. It offers some good student activity ideas. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.

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:

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:

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.

English-Language Learners: How Schools Can Drive or Derail Their Success is from Ed Week.

Listen and Read Along is a great YouTube channel filled with text and songs that look like this one I used yesterday in my classroom. I’m adding it to The Best Music Websites For Learning English:

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!

New Book Excerpt: Supporting ELL Students With Interrupted Formal Education

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.

Strengthening Teaching and Learning for ELLs is from The Teaching Channel, and it’s accompanied by some new videos.

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.

Here’s What I’m Doing As A Final With Beginning ELLs

How My ELL Students Used Padlet To Create A “Picture Data Set”

All My Thematic “Best” Lists For Beginning ELLs – In One Place!

Four ways to encourage speaking in the ELL classroom is the headline of my latest post at the British Council.

Guest Post: What ELLs Taught Our School In A Week-Long Empathy Project

Top Five Vocabulary Strategies for English Language Learners is by Erica Hilliker at The Teaching Channel.

14 Song-Based Lesson Plans and Activities is from On The Same Page. I’m adding it to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

Here’s A Plan For An Oral Skills Class Next Year – Please Help Make It Better!

“Teaching ELLs to Write Academic Essays”

Online English Language-Learning Resources For Students Not Literate In Their Home Language

iSLCollective Appears To Be A Jackpot For ELL Student Hand-Outs & Interactive Videos

Everything You Wanted To Know About How We’re Using Virtual Reality With ELLs, But Were Afraid To Ask

Now This Is A Student Goal-Setting Strategy That May Actually Work

“Everyone Is A Teacher” Is A New Engagement Strategy I’m Using & It Seems To Be Working

ELL Beginners Jobs & Careers Project With Hand-Out & Videos

Here’s My Entire ELL Beginners Seven-Week Unit On Writing A Story (Including Hand-outs & Links)

Here Are Good Discussion Questions For Our Book On ELLS & The Common Core

“Your One Word” Seems Like A Pretty Useful Idea For A Lesson

The Promise & Peril Of Using Google Translate In The ELL Classroom – Share Your Ideas

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.

A Look Back: Every Teacher Who Has An ELL In Their Class Should Watch This “Immersion” Film

Video: “Immigrants In Our Community Are A Gift”

“Putting Teacher Action Research Into Action” Is My New British Council Post

Video: Entire “Uncut” 84 Lumber “Journey” Super Bowl Commercial (That Will Be Shown In Many ELL Classes Tomorrow)

Here’s A Lesson – & A Template – That Intermediate ELL Students Taught Beginners

A Look Back: “Ways A Mainstream Teacher Can Support An ELL Newcomer In Class”

My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs Is On Teaching About “Fake News”

“SuperTeacherTools” Is An Excellent Site For ELL Beginners To Create & Play Games

Video: “Adobe Spark” Is Excellent Tool For ELLs

“ESL Video” Improvements Turn Good Site Into Great One

Here Are Two Activities I’ll Be Doing With My ELL Students The Day We Come Back From Break

A Look Back: “How to Cultivate Student Agency in English Language Learners”

The Best Resources Explaining Why We Need To Support The Home Language Of ELLs

All My BAM! Radio Shows About English Language Learners

The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Fighting Islamophobia In Schools

May 13, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Book Excerpt: Supporting ELL Students With Interrupted Formal Education

Carol Salva is a high school teacher of English Language Learners in Texas. Her name may be familiar to regular readers of this blog since I often share her work.

She, along with educator Anna Matis, has authored a new and important book, Boosting Achievement: Reaching Students With Interrupted Or Minimal Education.

It offers great advice to teachers of English Language Learners.  I don’t know about you, but my track record of success with unaccompanied minors who are refugees from Central America is not stellar, so I’m looking forward to learning all I can from this new resources.

Carol graciously agreed to let me publish this short book excerpt:

When talking about growth mindset, another point to consider is not only the expectations we have of our SIFE (Students With Interrupted Formal Education) and under-schooled students, but how we regard them as new, diverse, and interesting additions to our classroom makeup and school community, much like we would international exchange students.

Research on best practices of culturally responsive teaching is a fairly new area in the field of education.  It is understandable that many educators may have concerns and apprehension about teaching and supporting students who are SIFE in their classrooms.  When teachers integrate culturally responsive approaches with such students, they find there is nothing to fear. Instead, they have the opportunity to help integrate these students into our culture and come to view the students as a benefit and treasure for enlightening native English speakers.  Newcomers, including the SIFE newcomer, can bring the class exposure to other languages, cultures, and perspective, that deepens learning for everyone.

For more evidence of this, consider the idea of foreign exchange students.  Have you ever hosted an international exchange student? Why would someone do that? What are the benefits to us, to our children,  if we host international exchange students?  The following are common responses when and are also listed on the World Education Program website:

International learning and knowledge propel students toward:

  • Acceptance and understanding of an array of different cultural and community perspectives.

  • Awareness and adoption of alternative, multi-faceted approaches to learning.

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Enhanced interest in global issues as well as a broader general knowledge.

  • Prospective employers in almost every field that look favorably upon knowledge obtained in other languages and cultures.

  • Increased pressure to communicate and relate to others that develop an awareness of group dynamics and personal sensitivity towards others.

Parents and educators want to grow global learners that are well prepared for the 21st century workplace. Is it any wonder that people go to great lengths to give their children experiences with foreign exchange students?  How is this different from our international newcomers, many of whom are SIFE, being in our classrooms?

I have seen many of these benefits play out among my SIFE students and more that I am adding to my own list. For example, my students are an excellent example of appreciation for education. When I heard a mainstream middle school student say he was “inspired by how much the refugees are learning and doing”, I realized that something special was going on.

 

April 14, 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

Here are this week’s choices:

Students From Different Cultures Collaborate To Communicate With Each Other is from NPR.

Animal expressions is a fun collection of photo from The Boston Globe. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Using “If This Animal Or Image Could Talk” Lesson Idea In Class.

Credo Reference is like a mini-online encyclopedia. Its language is not as simple as I’d like it to be, but its big asset is that it provides audio narration for the text. I’m adding it to The Best Reference Websites For English Language Learners.

Breaking school language barriers is from District Administration.

Bilingual Teacher Shortages in California: A Problem Likely to Grow is from The Learning Policy Institute. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California.

Introducing and Reading Poetry with English Language Learners is from Colorin Colorado. I’m adding it to The Best World Poetry Day Resources – Help Me Find More.

Classifying English proficiency varies by district, with mixed outcomes for students is from Eureka Alert, and is a summary of a big study on reclassification of ELLs. I read both the summary and reviewed the study, and I still don’t really understand it beyond the headline of the summary. So, until and unless someone can explain to me how it helps us in the reclassification process, I’m not going to add it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Ins & Outs Of Reclassifying ELLs.

Scientists make strides explaining how we discern language is from Science Daily.

Why we have been teaching listening skills wrongly for decades appeared in TES.

How to Teach Conversational English is from The Busy Teacher.

I’m adding this first tweet to The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners:

What Is It Like to Learn Math In a Different Language? is from the Mind Research Institute. I’m adding it to the same list.

March 12, 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

Here are this week’s choices:

If “Google” is Translating Then I’ll Start Revamping – Guest Post by Naomi Ganin Epstein is from Vicky Loras’ blog. I’m adding it to The Promise & Peril Of Using Google Translate In The ELL Classroom – Share Your Ideas.

Helping Immigrant Students Catch Up, Fast — It Takes A Whole School is from NPR.

Somali Students Help Teachers Learn What It’s Like To Be A Refugee is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day.

Tool Aims to Help Schools Better Identify English-Language Learners is from Ed Week.

Gamify Language Acquisition with Kahoot is by Carol Salva.

Learning a new language makes you a more tolerant person is from Quartz. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual.

People who speak multiple languages make the best employees for one big reason is also from Quartz. I’m adding it to the same list.

I’m adding this first tweet to The Best Resources For Teaching The Next Generation Science Standards To English Language Learners:

January 21, 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

Here are this week’s choices:

Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff comes from Teaching Tolerance.

The Artistry of Teaching and Arts Integration: Why Your ELs Need You to Embrace Both is from Paridad. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Using Art As A Way To Teach & Learn English – Help Me Find More.

Goal-setting with Students (including FREE worksheet!) is from The Best Ticher. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Students Setting Goals.

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 that I’m looking forward to trying in my class next week!

Here’s a nice post on Interactive Student Notebooks Set Up. It’s for a Spanish class, but can certainly be modified for an ELL classroom.

Don’t Forget The Library is by Wendi Pillars. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Teach ELL’s About Libraries.

Report: Innovative science instruction boosts academic performance among English learners is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching The Next Generation Science Standards To English Language Learners.

Strengthening Teaching and Learning for ELLs is from The Teaching Channel, and it’s accompanied by some new videos (they only have primary school ones now, but say high school segments are on the way).

California Prepares to Resume Bilingual Education is from Voice of America. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California.

Desk Olympics is a good post and a must-watch video from Carol Salva.

Five simple games for teaching vocabulary is by Mike Astbury. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

How schools are helping refugee children to succeed is from The Guardian.

January 14, 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

Here are this week’s choices:

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.

The ten key attributes of an outstanding MFL teacher appeared in TES. You might also be interested in my post, A Look Back: Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner.

Unlocking Learning: Science as a Lever for English Learner Equity is from The Education Trust. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching The Next Generation Science Standards To English Language Learners.

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.

Careful About That Dual-Language Coverage! appeared at The Grade.

I’ve previously talked about how to use the game CatchPhrase with English Language Learners, using Jimmy Fallon as a model (see Jimmy Fallon Models Yet Another Good Game For English Language Learners). This past week, he played it with Michelle Obama:

January 6, 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

Here are this week’s choices:

How to use the internet to improve your listening skills is from Dynamite ESL. I’m adding it to The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners.

Five Things Teachers Can Do to Improve Learning for ELLs in the New Year is from Colorin Colorado.

Choosing to Become an American is a photo gallery of citizenship ceremonies. I”m adding it to The Best Websites For Learning About Civic Participation & Citizenship.

A hitch in California as bilingual education is restored is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California.

Memo: Supporting English Learners and treating bilingualism as an asset is from Brookings.

Facing pressure to cut special education, Texas schools shut out English Language Learners is from The Houston Chronicle.

December 30, 2016
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

Here are this week’s choices:

Duolingo, everybody’s favorite language-learning tool, unveiled a new feature – the ability for users to create “clubs” so that they can exchange messages and share a “leaderboard” with their friends.  It sounds like it’s having some initial “hiccups,” but I could eventually see it as a useful tool for peer encouragement.

Students, some of them immigrants, write children’s books inspired by their own life’s journeys is from The Washington Post.

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.

This is from 2015, but still interesting: Nine interesting foreign language research findings you may not know about from Language Gym.

ELT Sparks has a nice lesson idea in Most Influential Images. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

I’ve written several posts about TimeSlips, a program designed to assist dementia patients whose strategy I think is also useful for language-learning.  Here’s a new Voice of America video report on what they do:

I’ve previously written about Kahoot, and it’s on a couple of “Best” lists.  Here are a couple of tweets about a new feature that it has added:

This would be depressing if it happened:

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