Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 26, 2015
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 2015 – So Far and The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:

When We Read, We Recognize Words as Pictures and Hear Them Spoken Aloud is from Scientific American.

Great reading strategies: ‘Possible Sentences’ for dealing with important vocabulary is by Adam Simpson.

Adapting games – Drawful is from Teaching Games.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Online Videos Showing ESL/EFL Teachers In The Classroom:

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Posts On The “Flipped Classroom” Idea:

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

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July 22, 2015
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 2015 – So Far and The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:

Here’s the latest issue of Teacher Training Videos from Russell Stannard.

States in Holding Pattern on ELL Waiver Requests is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

When Should ELL Test Results Matter Under the ESEA? is also from Ed Week. I’m adding it to the same list.

Sentence Frames is a site for Portland (OR) teachers that seems to have a good amount of useful resources for ELLs. I’d love to get in touch with anyone who’s connected with it if you know someone I can contact.

Fantastic Ice-Breakers To Help Your Students Get to Know Each Other Quicker is from Busy Teacher (I learned about it from Todd Finley on Twitter). I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Planning The First Days Of School.

Closed Captioning Gives Literacy a Boost is from Ed Week.

English spelling makes no sense. Let this friendly 102-year-old explain why. is from Vox.

This video is from ELL Stanford:

Freedom to Talk from Kenji Hakuta on Vimeo.

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July 19, 2015
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 2015 – So Far and The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:

Great reading strategies: ‘Word Maps’ for dealing with important vocabulary is by Adam Simpson. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

I’m adding this tweet to the same list:

Dual Language Learners Reader Post #10: Preparing Educators to Work with DLLs is from Ed Central.

Language Learning Network busuu Raises $6.7M From McGraw-Hill Education is from TechCrunch.

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Ideas To Help Students Become Better Listeners — Contribute More:

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July 15, 2015
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 2015 – So Far and The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:

35 Times Translations Failed So Hard They Almost Won is from 22 Words. I’m adding it to The Best Collections Of Funny Signs (For Use In English Classes).

Tools Of The Trade is a post from the Harvard School of Education and reviews free UDL (Universal Design For Learning) online tools that would be useful for English Language Learners and others.

Materials in Spanish another challenge of Common Core is from The Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Nathan Hall has a great collection of ELT Listening Material.

Summer academy prepares young refugees for NYC schools is from The Associated Press.

What do school leaders need to know about English learners? The basics is from MultiBriefs.

Five essential listening skills for English learners is from The British Council.

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July 7, 2015
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 2015 – So Far and The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:

Chain drawings describes an excellent class activity. It’s from The British Council.

Speaking of the British Council, check out all the interactive exercises at ESOL Nexus, which is a site aimed at adult ELLs.

Smigin Is a Foreign Language Tool That Doesn’t Make You Sound Like A Tourist is a TechCrunch post about a new app that may, or may not, be helpful to ELLs.

Knoword is a new online word game that would be accessible to Advanced English Language Learners. You can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog.

I asked this question on Twitter as my co-author, Katie Hull, and I are working on our new book on teaching ELLS. The answers we received follow. I think we’re sticking with “home language”:

Here’s an interesting graphic:

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July 1, 2015
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 2015 – So Far and The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:

English Worksheets Land has a lot of free decent worksheets suitable for English reinforcement. You don’t have to register before gaining access to them. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Free ESL/EFL Hand-Outs & Worksheets.

Test Your Vocab is an online tool where learners can get a rough estimate of how many words they know in English. I think it could be a useful tool for students to periodically use to measure their progress and get re-energized when they see how much they’re making. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary. I discovered it through Nina English’s blog, which I learned about through David Deubelbeiss, founder of the great EFL Classroom 2.0.

Wendi Pillars shares what online tools she found helpful, and which ones weren’t, during her year of teaching high school English Language Learners.

US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more is from The Guardian.

Dual Language Learners Reader Post #8: What Do English-Only Laws Mean for DLLs/ELLs? is from Ed Central.

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June 28, 2015
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 2015 – So Far and The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:

Teens Make Film In Broken English To Explain Why They’ll Fail English is from NPR.

Theater helps English learners master Common Core: But can it close the achievement gap? is from The Hechinger Report.

I’m thinking that this could be useful in my ELL U.S. History class: Map Shows Impact of Hispanic and Asian Votes in Upcoming Elections is from NBC News.

Vocabulary Review Activity for Teenagers is from Lizzie Pinard. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

Judge asked to OK new English-learners plan for SF schools is from The San Francisco Chronicle.

Learning a language? Sleep on it and you’ll get the grammar is from The Conversation.

I’m wondering if the app discussed in this next tweet might be particularly useful to ELLs – has anyone tried it?

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June 20, 2015
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:

One Teacher’s Quest To Build Language Skills … And Self-Confidence is from NPR.

For teachers of English learners, Common Core means double the work is from The Hechinger Report.

Having Fun With Tearable Sentences is from tekhnologic and suggests a lot of neat variations to the popular ESL “Messenger and Scribe” game. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

Spelling doesn’t have to mean Test is from Anglo Teachers. I’m adding it to the same list.

States and Districts with the Highest Number and Share of English Language Learners is from The Migration Policy Institute. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research.

Waiver States Seek Leeway for English-Learners’ Impact on School Ratings is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

Dual Language Learners Reader Post #6: Tests for DLL/ELLs is from Ed Central. I’m adding it to the same list.

Creativity in the English language classroom is a new Ebook from The British Council that looks very helpful. I’m adding it to The Best Sources Of Advice On Helping Students Strengthen & Develop Their Creativity.

Flash Mob ELT looks like a useful place for ELL teachers to share lessons. I learned about it from Ljiljana Havran’s Blog.

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