Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

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:

December 24, 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 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:

For Millions of Immigrants, a Common Language: WhatsApp is from The New York Times. I’ve written – and shared – several posts on using WhatsApp with ELLs.

Helping English-Learners Break Through Language Plateaus is by Wendi Pillars. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Supporting Long-Term English Language Learners.

Six Word Memoirs has a contest for stories of how families came to America.

Classroom Posters: Supporting English Language Learners is from We Are Teachers.

What Will You Do With the Rest of Your Life? Consider Working With English Learners! is about a new book.

The delusional ways we evaluate English learners is from The Hechinger Report.

An ELT picture is worth a thousand words -Five ideas for using images in class is from the Cecilia Nobre ELT Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

EFL Talks has lots of useful videos for ELL teachers.  I’m adding it to  The Best Places For ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers To Get Online Professional Development.

ELD Teacher Carol Salva has created this excellent video for volunteers working with ELLs. I’m having my student peer tutors watch it! Thanks to Tan Huynh for the tip.

Valentina Gonzalez has created this valuable resource – you can download the document shown on the Tweet here.

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

Created by MIND Research Institute.

English Language Learners Infographic

I’ve written a lot about different games Jimmy Fallon plays on The Tonight Show and how they can be applied to ELLs. Here’s another one that might have potential. In this version, guest have five seconds to describe a movie and the other has to guess the title. Since our ELLs have vastly different background knowledge, I doubt if using movies or many other topics would work. However, you could use it as an end-of-unit activity (for example, after studying about food) and apply to the game to those topics. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom:

December 18, 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 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:

7 Tips to Implement Culturally Responsive Teaching is geared specifically for ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

Here’s a good discussion about Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) from LessonPick.

Great Books To Inspire English Language Learners is from NPR.

Latino ‘Genius’ Grew Language-Learning App Duolingo to 150M Users is from NBC News.

LingoZING is trying to teach new languages through comics pages is from TechCrunch.

Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language 2 is a self-study course.

Fifteen Tips for Helping ELLs Through Their First Winter is from Colorin Colorado.

The Language Policy of Placement Tests for Newcomer English Learners is from SAGE Insight.

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

Tier 3 Words: Teaching Content-Specific Vocabulary is from Empowering ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary.

December 11, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL – 200th Edition!

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.

This post marks its 200th edition – time flies!

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:

Tube Wizard is an intriguing site that automatically creates multiple listening quizzes from subtitled YouTube videos. I don’t think it will be useful in many U.S. public schools because Web content filters would block many of the videos, but it could be very helpful for home practice and in adult schools. I’m adding it to The Best YouTube Channels For Learning English.  You might also want to read a post by Olya Sergeeva which explains the site in more detail.

6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual.

The National Center For Education Statistics just released their Digest of Education Statistics, 2015. It has lots of…statistics, including on the English Language Learner population. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research.

California has gone it alone in developing a new English-language assessment. The state has been working on it for a long time, and they say they’re moving right along (though I’ll believe it when I see it). You can read updates from the state here and here. I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

1 WORKSHEET – 10 GAMES is by SVETLANA KANDYBOVICH. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

Trump Vows to ‘Work Something Out’ for DREAMers, But Offers No Details on Plan is from Ed Week.

Majority of English-Learner Students Are Born in the United States, Analysis Finds is also from Ed Week.

LingoRank rates 400 TED Talks by the English-proficiency needed to understand them. I’m adding it to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

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:

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