Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

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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June 14, 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:

Why Carlos can’t graduate: Setting up ESOL students to fail with a too-easy test appeared in The Washington Post.

How a School Network Helps Immigrant Kids Learn is from The New York Times.

Voices: From English Language Learner to Ivy League Graduate is from NBC News.

NEA Video Series Showcases Teaching Strategies for ELLs is from Learning The Language. I’m adding it to The Best Online Videos Showing ESL/EFL Teachers In The Classroom.

Free e-book: How to Present at a Language Teacher’s Conference is from Adam Simpson.

Seven ideas for using mobile phones in the classroom is from tekhnologic. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

33 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Will Take Your Breath Away is a useful photo gallery that I’m adding to the same list.

Dogme essentials: Going materials light appeared in Adam Simpson’s blog. The post is okay, but you really want to explore the links to previous posts he shares at the beginning about the Dogme approach.

You probably has seen this commercial before, but I don’t think I’ve every shared it. It would be a good video have ELLs watch and then describe what they saw:

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June 6, 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:

Dual Language Learners Reader Post #3: Identifying DLLs is from Ed Central.

What’s the Top Home Language for ELLs? is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research.

How Long Does it Take to Learn English? is also from Ed Central, and I’m adding it to the same list.

Using Video In The Classroom – A Teacher’s Handbook is from David Deubelbeiss. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

See-Think-Wonder: The impact of curiosity on learning is from Art Least.

More Than Half of Houston’s 2015 Valedictorians Were English-Learners is from Ed Week.

What’s new in English language teaching?
is from The British Council.

I’ve previously posted about Jimmy Fallon’s games that are great for ELLs. Here’s a video of one from last night’s show:

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May 30, 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:

Why Doesn’t English Language Learning Have The Same Cachet As Pre-K? is by Conor Williams.

Educators Share Stories of Struggles With New English-Learner Standards is from Ed Week.

Administrators in Action: Four Steps for Strengthening Your EL Program is from Colorin Colorado.

Report urges more attention to English learners in LCAPs is from Ed Source. Ed Central has a similar article.

ELs With Special Needs: Combining Language Goals With Learning Strategies is from The TESOL blog.

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May 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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.

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May 23, 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:

Nathan Hall writes about Divii, an online dictionary that shows video clips (with a transcript) of search-for words used in context (read his post for more details). It’s similar to a site created by Embed Plus a couple of years ago. However, now you can’t use that site unless you first give it a “like” on Facebook. Because of that irritating requirement, I’m replacing it on The Best Reference Websites For English Language Learners with Divii.

Reader Idea | Talking About Home Countries With English Language Learners is from The New York Times Learning Network.

How are ELL programs funded across states? is from District Administration.

Shortage of Dual-Language Teachers: Filling the Gap is from Ed Week.

The Case for a Two-Generation Approach for Educating English Language Learners is a report from The Center For American Progress.

I’ve written about many of the games Jimmy Fallon plays on The Late Show that can be adapted to the ESL classroom. Here’s a pretty fun recent example of one I’ve already written about a couple of times:

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