Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Latest BAM! Radio Show Shares Important Articles That Have Impacted Classroom Practice

My latest ten-minute BAM! Radio show explores what articles teachers have read that they feel have impacted their teaching practice.

I’m joined in the discussion by Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski, Jessica Torres, and Robert Ward, who have also contributed written commentaries to my Education Week Teacher column.

I’m adding this show to All My BAM Radio Shows – Linked With Descriptions.

April 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Not Bad: Our New Book Has Only Been Out For A Few Days & It’s The 46th Most Popular Ed Book On Amazon


I don’t think you often see a book related to English Language Learners becoming this popular (relatively speaking, of course) on Amazon, and it’s been out less than a week.

It’s also interesting to see the other books on the best-selling education list.

You can access tons of free resources from our book here.

It’s also the number one new release under their education category (a guide to playing the video game Fortnite is number two 🙂 ).



April 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license:


In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

The BBC just made 16,000 sound effects downloadable and usable. You can read more about it at Open Culture. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Get Royalty-Free Music & Sound Effects.

Motion Comics lets you create a comic that can function like a slideshow with music, like this one.  Unfortunately, you have to upload any of the images or sound you want to use – they don’t have a “bank” you can draw from.  I’m still adding it to The Best Ways To Make Comic Strips Online.

Vinstant looks pretty interesting. Basically, you mix and match different video clips in order to tell a story. The app isn’t public yet, and, though they say they’ll have a web-based version, that’s not available, either. But I think this could be very useful for English Language Learners.

April 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

The “Summer Slide”: What It Is & How I Help My Students Try To Avoid It

We’re all familiar with the “summer slide” — the academic losses that many young people, especially in low-income communities, experience during the time they’re out of school.

I have a ton of resources on its impact at The Best Resources On The “Summer Slide”, including different strategies I try to support my students and their families to avoid it.

Here Are The Sites I’m Using For My Summer School “Virtual Classroom” shares one of those efforts: links to different online sites I have students use while arranging for them to receive extra credit from their next year’s teachers for working on them. I have to make some minor updates to that post, but won’t be getting around to it for a few weeks (our school year doesn’t end until June 15th, and I’ve got some other priorities right now). But I know others end their year sooner, and wanted to get it out now.

Summer school is another way to support our ELL students, when we can convince our District to do it.Though I don’t have it in me anymore to teach summer school, I typically develop its curriculum and recruit peer tutors to work with our Beginners. These tutors are advanced ELLs. You can read about their experience last summer at Guest Post: Advanced ELLs Write About Their Summer School Experience Tutoring Newcomers.

How do you support your students to avoid the summer slide?

April 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

No Surprise: Another Study Finds That Having An Authentic Audience Results In Improved Performance

I’ve written a lot about the importance of students having an authentic audience – someone other than their teachers – for their work (links can be found at the bottom of this post).

Those previous posts have primarily related to having an audience for student writing, or for having students teach their classmates.

A new study has just come out finding that people performed better on a video game when being watched, and they extrapolate for other activities “An audience can serve as an extra bit of incentive.”

Here’s an excerpt from the report:

I’m sure all of us have seen this play-out in our classrooms when students have to make presentations, too. The study does make the common-sense caveat that this “incentive” might not work in front of huge audiences.

Here are links to the posts I mentioned earlier:

Yet Another Study Finds That Having An “Authentic Audience” Impacts Student Learning

Do You Know Of Research Showing That Writing For An “Authentic Audience” Helps Students Feel Motivated?

Another Study Points To The Importance Of Students Writing For An Authentic Audience

The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience”

The Best Places Where Students Can Create Online Learning/Teaching Objects For An “Authentic Audience”

The Best Posts On Helping Students Teach Their Classmates — Help Me Find More

And, speaking of the importance of an authentic audience:

April 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Dept. Of Ed On Civil Rights Complaints : Thanks, But No Thanks….

DeVos Education Dept. Begins Dismissing Civil Rights Cases in Name of Efficiency is an article appearing in today’s New York Times.

Here’s an excerpt:

For more thoughts on “efficiency,” check out a previous post, Should “Efficiency” Really Be The Driving Force In Hospitals (And Schools)?

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