Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

December 3, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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.

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

Here are this week’s choices:

Learning English Voice Of America has seemed to up its video game recently. For years, their videos seemed to be designed by people who seemed to be competing to see who could make the process of learning English seem the most boring. However, they now have much more professionally produced videos.

Let’s Learn English, I think, is the most intriguing feature in their new collection. It’s an online video course with a story line and interactive quizzes for ELLs. It reminds me of Annenberg’s Connect With English, and I am adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them).

Speaking Of VOA, they also have a special feature for ELLs on The Making Of The Constitution.  I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The Constitution Of The United States.

American English at The U.S. Department of State has an annual competition where people can contribute board game templates to help learn English. You can see and download the winners here.  I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Download Free ESL Board Game Templates, which I’ve just revised and updated.

These illustrations show that there are two kinds of people in the world is a very interesting and useful resource if you’re teaching ELLs how to write compare and contrast essays. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching/Learning About How To Write Compare/Contrast Essays.

‘Makerspaces’ for science instruction also proving helpful for 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.

At a School of Immigrants, Challenges Reach Far Beyond the Classroom is from The New York Times.

College Board to Offer More Accommodations for Students With Disabilities, ELLs is from Ed Week.

I’m not really sure why this study is news or a surprise to anybody: ELLs Who Master English Early More Likely to Graduate On Time, Study Finds is from Ed Week.

Conn. District Set Up Enrollment Barriers for Families With Limited English is from Ed Week.

Almost all students here are refugees — and they speak 16 uncommon languages. How this school makes it work. is from The Washington Post.

I’m adding these two tweets (my first one is commenting on the second one) to The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits:

November 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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.

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

Here are this week’s choices:

Ask Answer Add – A Speaking Activity to Help Learners Maintain a Natural Conversation is a great strategy to get students talking. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.

What Works Better: Teachers’ L1 Use or L2‐Only Explanations? is from ELT Research Bites.

Bilingual Education Returns To California. Now What? is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California.

Bilingual education is making a comeback in California. But some educators say the fight is just beginning is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to the same list.

Rating the English Proficiency of Countries and Industries Around the World is from The Harvard Business Review.

Five ways to help migrant children settle in your class is from The Guardian.

Learn English Writing: Paraphrase Sentences is from ESL Writing.

NewSchools Ignite Announces ELL Challenge Winners is from The New Schools Venture Fund. I will be interesting to see what they come up with. Thanks to Anabel Gonzalez for the tip.

Dual-language programs benefit disadvantaged black kids, too, experts say is from The Hechinger Report.

Students Fear Trump’s Vow to End DACA Could Mean Deportations — and an End to Their College Dreams is from The 74.

Most Americans Don’t Want Undocumented Immigrants to Leave, Poll Says is from NBC News.

About 7 Percent of U.S. Schoolkids Have An Undocumented Parent is from NBC News.

Children of unauthorized immigrants represent rising share of K-12 students is from The Pew Research Center.

What American Greatness Means: The Presidential Election and Dual Language Learners is by Conor Williams. I’m adding it to The Best Articles On What The Trump Presidency Might Mean For Schools.  Thanks to Alexander Russo for the tip.

November 19, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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.

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

Here are this week’s choices:

What to consider when teaching English in large classes is from The British Council.

How Well is English Spoken Worldwide? is from Voice Of America. I’m adding it to The Best “Language Maps.” Thanks to Michelle Henry for the tip.

Teaching grammar through Listening is from The Language Gym. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Grammar Practice.

Research Bites: Corrective Feedback – A Meta-Analysis is from Anthony Teacher. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction.

ACT Offers First Accommodations for English-Language Learners is from Ed Week.

Flooded with questions after Trump win, Denver Public Schools produces immigration fact sheet is from Chalkbeat.

Language Objectives: The Key to Effective Content Area Instruction for English Learners is from Colorin Colorado.

Identifying Academic Language Demands in Support of the Common Core Standards is from ASCD Express.

I’m adding this first tweet to The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California:

November 12, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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.

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

Here are this week’s choices:

This tweet leads to a great collection! I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom:

California will bring back bilingual education as Proposition 58 cruises to victory is from The Los Angeles Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California/

The Complicated History Behind California’s Vote on Bilingual Education is from TIME. I’m adding it to the same list.

7 Ways to Error Correct is nice infographic from ELT Connect. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction.

My students’ favourite error correction activity is from JellyBeanQueen. I’m adding it to the same list.

Special Education and English Language Learners is from Colorin Colorado. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Assisting ELLs With Special Needs – Help Me Find More.

November 5, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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.

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

Here are this week’s choices:

10 Assumptions to Rethink About English-Language Learners is by Anabel Gonzalez and appeared in Ed Week.

A Primer on Helping Immigrant Students Feel Welcome in School is also from Ed Week.

How Many Words Can You Acquire in a Year? is from The Backseat Linguist.

Schools Hustle To Reach Kids Who Move With The Harvest, Not The School Year is from NPR.

Community objects to San Diego schools’ new approach for immigrant students is from The San Diego Union-Tribune.

From Blueprint To Building: Lifting the Torch for Multilingual Students in New York State is a report from New America.

Many charter schools lag in enrolling students lacking English fluency is from The Boston Globe.

‘Thank you, American,’ the Syrian refugee said at school. Then he hugged her, and she cried is from The Fresno Bee.

The concept of Language Objectives can sometimes be difficult for teacher candidates and – teachers themselves – to understand. Here’s a video I showed to students in the credential class I teach:

Here’s a short video from Education Week:

October 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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.

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

Here are this week’s choices:

How We Teach English Learners: 3 Basic Approaches is from NPR.

The Return Of Bilingual Education In California? is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California.

Beyond Gap Fills. Using songs to learn a language. Why, how and which? is from ELT Brewery. I’m adding it to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

A Little Bit of Thriller on Halloween is fun lesson for ELLs from Blog de Cristina. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners? is from MindShift.

Effective: The Most Important Word in the ESSA is from ELLevation. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners.

October 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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.

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

Here are this week’s choices:

Using CBMs for Quick Assessment of Progress in English Language Development is a useful article by Rita Platt and John Wolfe about fluency assessments for ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Reading Fluency (Including How To Measure It).

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are great. They’re perfect for The Best Resources For Using “If This Animal Or Image Could Talk” Lesson Idea In Class.

4 ways ESSA will change how schools serve ELL students is from Education Dive. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners.

WIDA panel on English Learner (EL) programs & ESSA: opportunity, challenges & concerns is from TransAct. I’m adding it to the same list.

Lesson Plan: US Elections Explained is by Blog de Cristina. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections.

What’s in a Name in an ESL Class, and other resources on the theme of Names is from Lesley’s blog. I’m adding it to The Best Places For Students To Learn About…Their Names.

22 fascinating maps that show how Americans speak English differently across the US is from Business Insider. I’m adding it to The Best “Language Maps”

How do we help students record new vocabulary? #ELTchat summary 05/10/2016 is from…ELTchat. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

Public School Teachers of ELs: A Look at the Legal Requirements is by Judie Haynes.

New York City ELL Study Offers Glimpse into National English-Learner Trends is from Education Week. I don’t think ELL teachers will find anything they didn’t know already, but it’s worth scanning.

“CommonLit” Now Lets Teachers Create Free Virtual Classrooms was a piece I posted last month. Now, they’ve announced some great additions for ELLs, including having texts read aloud and providing translation.

Closing the Language Skills Gap Among Children is from The Dana Foundation.

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Sites For Learning Strategies To Teach ELL’s In Content Classes:

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

This tweet is go to The Best Resources For Adapting Your Textbook So It Doesn’t Bore Students To Death:

This video comes via Alexander Russo:

October 15, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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.

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

Here are this week’s choices:

Many Reclassified ELLs Still Need English-Language Support, Study Finds is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Ins & Outs Of Reclassifying ELLs.

ESSA’s impact on English Language Learners: What we know so far is from ELLevation. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners.

25 ideas for using audio scripts in the ELT classroom is from the English Language Teaching Global Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners.

The British Council has a nice collection of Word Games. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

Programs and Services for High School English Learners in Public School Districts: 2015–16 is a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics. You can read a summary at Ed Week.

Teach ELLs to Deconstruct Writing Prompts is by Tan Huynh.

TESOL to Host International Summit on the Future of English Learning is from Ed Week.

The On The Same Page blog has a simple lesson to use with this great video. It’s called Guess what is being advertised. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

I’m adding the next two tweets to The Best Resources On Assisting ELLs With Special Needs – Help Me Find More:

This would be a fun video to show English Language Learners and have them describe what they see:

I’m adding these two tweets to The Best Sites For Learning Strategies To Teach ELL’s In Content Classes:

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