Author: Larry Ferlazzo

Science Translations

Periodically, I will highlight a particularly interesting link that has been on my website for awhile instead of talking about a new one.  Today, I’d like to point out the MacMillan/McGraw Hill California Science site for elementary learners.  I describe it on my website as “Science Words and Concepts in Hmong, English, and other Languages” and it’s roughly in the middle of the Science page on my site.  Unfortunately, the Science page is the only one on my site I haven’t categorized — yet. The great thing about this site is that it contains summary translations in many languages of the science concepts taught in the textbooks.  It can help English Language Learners tremendously in their understanding of content knowledge and of English (assuming it’s used in the context of a lesson that is being given). It’s a little tricky to get to the translations from the link on my site (instructions on how to do so are right next to the link).  You first click on the appropriate science book; then click on a chapter in the book, and then click on “Translated Concept Summaries.” Share...

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Video English

The Daily English Show is an online video program from a teacher in New Zealand that gives a well-produced lesson on learning English each day.  It’s probably more appropriate for Intermediate and Advanced English Language Learners, but perhaps would work for High-Beginners as well.  I’ve placed it at the bottom of the Video section of the English for Beginners/Early Intermediate page on my website. The videos highlight in text many of the important words and points discussed in the video, though it’s not entirely closed-captioned.  You can, though, access the script on-line. Share...

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Pick and Click

Pick and Click is a fun and simple game to help beginning students learn vocabulary.  It comes from TVO Kids, a Canadian children’s television and online network.  You first can click on the theme of the words you want to learn about (for example, animals); then you’ll see a short video teaching vocabulary related to the topic; then there will be a short picture/text/audio review of the words, which is then follwed by a fun “test.” I’ve put the link to this site near the bottom of Vocabulary on the English Beginner/Early Intermediate page on my website.  I’ve placed a number of other activities from TVO Kids throughout the various pages on my site.  When you go to see Pick and Click, you might want to look directly at some of their other learning games.  I’ve never been able to get their Parent/Educator page work very well, though, so you might need to just search through it on your own. Share...

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E-Learning For Kids

E-Learning For Kids is a new site that has over eighty different learning games in several subject areas, including math, science, and language arts.  The link will take you to its home page.  You then need to click on the “For Kids” icon on the right of the screen, which will take you to the learning games. Many of the games have both audio and text, including the ones for math.  I haven’t found many math activities on the web that both show and read the text out-loud, so these are unusual.  Unfortunately, the games for Health and Life Skills don’t have that feature, and the vocabulary in those activities seems to be at a Intermediate or Advanced Level. You can find the link for these games under the Favorite Sites section of the English Themes For Beginners and Early Intermediate page of my site.  It’s near the bottom of that list. Share...

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Wabble is a new online version of Scrabble where students can either join an open game with others around the world or they can create their own game limiting it to those with whom they want to play.  It comes with its own online dictionary.  It’s more appropriate for intermediate or advanced students.  You can find it near the bottom of the Word Games section in the Intermediate/Advanced English page of my website. I find it appealing because it will enable my students to play a game with each other, and not just with the computer.  Obviously, they can also engage with each other by playing the board game.  The online dictionary aspect of this game just makes the checking of words a little faster and less cumbersome. Even though they will still be in front of a computer, I plan on having the players in their game sit next to each other in the computer lab.  You can find out a little more about my feelings that a large portion of computer usage in the English Language Learner classroom needs to be geared towards promoting face-to-fact interaction among students by reading Family Literacy, Computers, and ESL. Share...

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