Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Special Edition Of “Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL”

Two 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 (usually I just publish this feature once each week, but this is a special second post since I have so many resources to share):

7 Ways to Scaffold Instruction for English Language Learners is from Teach Learn Grow.

Using Silent Video In The ELT Classroom is from EFL Classroom 2.0. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them).

Your 10 favourite dance scenes is a great video collection from The BBC. Students could watch and describe what they see. I’m adding it to the same list.

WaitChatter Helps You Learn A New Language While You Wait For IM Replies

Advocates Sue a New York School District, Claiming Weak Programs for Refugees is from The New York Times.

Cutting to the Common Core: Mathematically Speaking is from Language Magazine. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners.

Genres in writing: A new path to English language learning is from Eureka Alert.

Developing Speaking Skills in the Classroom is by Anthony Ash. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.

Speechyard is a new video site designed to teach English. Basically, you get to watch lengthy videos with subtitles and click on words you want to study. The site then saves those words and you can practice them in a number of ways. That is, if you pay for the premium version, you can practice in several ways. If you use the free version, you can practice it in simple spelling form. I don’t think I’ll be using it with my students, since the lengthy videos are engaging TV shows and I’m not very confident that all would maximize the language-learning opportunity created by watching them and identifying new words. However, I could see motivated adults finding it to be useful (By they way, when I clicked on the link right before I published this post, the site was off-line. I assume it’s only a minor problem and is will be working by the time you read this). Here’s a video about the site:

Thanks to InterCom for the tip.

May 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Here Are Forms My ELL Students Will Use To Evaluate Our Class (And Me!)

From: PROJ3CT CONN3CT Professional Development Sean Nash via Compfight

I’ve previously posted some of the forms students in some of my classes will be using to evaluate the class and me anonymously (see Here Are Forms Students Will Be Using To Evaluate The Class & Me).

Here are the forms I’ll be using in my remaining classes:

Beginning English Language Learners class

Intermediate English & Geography class

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers).

May 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

BBC Publishes Great Interactive on Optical Illusions

I’ve written in my New York Times column about how I use optical illusions with English Language Learners, and I certainly use them when teaching perception in my Theory of Knowledge class. You can many that I’ve previously posted here.

The BBC has now published what is probably the “be all and end all” of resources on optical illusions over the years. It’s titled How your eyes trick your mind and will certainly come in handy.

May 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Resources On Race & Racism

Here are new additions to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More:

Our Biased Brains is by Nicholas Kristoff at The NY Times.

Read This: “Teachers More Likely to Label Black Students as Troublemakers” is by Renee Moore.

A Teacher’s Role in Fighting Racism is from Education Week.

Uncomfortable Conversations: Talking About Race In The Classroom is from NPR.

How Western media would cover Baltimore if it happened elsewhere is from The Washington Post.

A Talk To Teachers is by James Baldwin.

The most racist places in America, according to Google is from The Washington Post.

Why we should diversify the overwhelmingly white U.S. teaching force — and how appeared in The Washington Post.

Black male teachers: There aren’t enough of them is by Travis Bristol.

Dear White Teacher… is from Rethinking Schools.

In 10 Years, America’s Classrooms Are Going To Be Much More Diverse Than They Are Now is from The Huffington Post.

Racism and Discrimination Kill—Literally is from The Pacific Standard.