Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

September 25, 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:

Teachers Should Have Say on When Students Exit ELL Status, Guidance Argues is an Education Week article about a new report from the Council of Chief State School Officers. If offers good, common sense advice, which means (according to my cynical side) that many districts won’t follow it.  I’m adding it The Best Resources For Learning About The Ins & Outs Of Reclassifying ELLs.

Ed. Dept. Releases ESSA Guidance for English-Language Learners is from Ed Week. It’s about these guidelines just released by the Dept. of Ed. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners.

Teaching English – The British Council is having what looks like a great week-long (free!) online professional development conference starting October 5th. You can sign-up here. I’ll be writing up a separate post about it as soon as they respond to some questions I sent them.

TOOL REVIEW: GOOGLE’S TRANSLATE FEATURE RULES. is by Bill Ferriter. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate.

‘Quizzifying’ feedback on error – four ways to spice up the correction of your students’ writing is from The Language Gym. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction.

Advocates Applaud HUD Guidance on Housing Discrimination Over English Proficiency is from NBC News.

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 Ideas To Help Students Become Better Listeners — Contribute More.

Helping teens to listen is from The British Council. I’m adding it to the same list.

Immigrant Kindergartners in the United States is an infographic from the Education Policy Center.

A New York School Where Students Learn to Read by Sculpting Words is from The New York Times.

Haitians, After Perilous Journey, Find Door to U.S. Abruptly Shut is from The New York Times.

Every year, nearly a thousand refugees from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East journey to Idaho to make a new life in America. is from The New Republic.

September 17, 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:

Lessonpick is a new resource site for ELL lesson plans, and it’s opening up on September 21st.

ESOL Community Scavenger Hunts is from TESOL. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Organizing & Maximizing Field Trips – Both “Real” & “Virtual”

Ten (Usually Wrong) Ideas about ELLs is from ASCD.

Refugee High School: Media Coverage of Recent Arrivals In American Schools is by Alexander Russo.

A Strength-Based Approach to Teaching ESL is from Cult of Pedagogy. I’m adding it to  The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits.

12 metacognition-modelling strategies for the foreign language classroom is from The Language Gym. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Metacognition.

Spelling races with mini-whiteboards is from ELT Planning. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

There are places I remember is from On The Same Page and offers a new idea on using music in the ELL classroom. I’m adding it to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

How non-English speakers are taught this crazy English grammar rule you know but have never heard of is from Quartz.

Grammar review using drawings is from ELT Planning. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Grammar Practice.

September 10, 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 Characteristics of Highly Effective EF/SL Teachers is from TESOL.

Immigrant students cross borders from distant lands is from The East Bay Times.

Bringing closure to a lesson is from On The Same Page. I’m adding it to The Best Questions To Use For Class Closing Activities — What Are Yours?

Study suggests bilinguals have an improved attentional control is from Eureka Alert. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual.

Proposition 58 would bring back bilingual education in California. And that’s a good thing. is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California.

A closer look at test scores for English learners, magnet schools and charters is from The L.A. Times.

Why the presidential election matters for immigrant students is from The Hechinger Report.

The New High-School Outsiders is from The New York Times.

Why Learning a Second Language Is So Difficult is from Travel and Leisure.

This video, My Mental Picture of English Tenses, is from Katka Chudová. I’m adding it to The Best Web Tools For Teaching Irregular Verbs & Verb Tenses — Contribute Your Suggestions!:

September 4, 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:

I’ve posted a lot about StoryCorps resources. I just now learned that, in addition to the wonderful short audio stories they provide on their site and on radio, each one now has an audio transcript that can be viewed on line or printed-out. Just click on the audio story you want and when it brings you to its own webpage, you’ll then see the option “Read The Transcript.” I’m adding it to The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners.

Error Correction is from the British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction.

Fleex now lets you learn English by streaming Netflix shows is from TechCrunch.

Schools that teach in two languages foster integration — so how come so many families can’t find programs? is from The Hechinger Report.

August 31, 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:

360° Photos for ELT is from TESOL, and Robert Sheppard shares a very create strategy for using photos with ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

Reader Idea | Teaching E.L.L. Students With Messaging Apps and New York Times Videos is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Funding an Equitable Education for English Learners in the United States is a report from The Migration Policy Institute.

ESSA and English Language Learners is from the National Association of State Boards of Education. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners.

English Language Learners with Disabilities: A Call for Additional Research and Policy Guidelines is from the Council of Chief State School Officers. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Assisting ELLs With Special Needs – Help Me Find More.

Nearly 1 in 4 students at this L.A. high school migrated from Central America — many without their parents is from The L.A. Times.

August 27, 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:

Across the Border and Into School is from The Atlantic.

Former English learner spearheads new system for tracking students is from Ed Source.

Teaching Mixed Ability Classes is from Psychology For Educators (and More). I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Teaching Multilevel ESL/EFL Classes.

Bilinguals are more attractive, say 71% of Americans is from CNN. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual.

App helps English Language learners build confidence is from The Hechinger Report.

Six things I do in every foreign language lesson I teach is from The Language Gym.

Los Angeles Unified Expands Dual-Language, Bilingual Programs is from Ed Week.

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Resources Documenting The Effectiveness of Free Voluntary Reading:

I think this is a great Facebook post from Teaching English-British Council, and hope they turn it into a lengthy series:

August 16, 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:

David Deubelbeiss has made two hundred videos, along with accompanying hand-outs for ELLs, available for free. I’m adding the link to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders Push for Recognition In Education Data is from NBC News.

Why being bilingual helps keep your brain fit is from Mosaic Science. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual.

How language is processed by your brain is from CNN. I’m adding it to the same list.

Why it’s hard for adults to learn a second language is from The Conversation.

Will Immigrants Today Assimilate Like Those of 100 Years Ago? is from The Atlantic.

Who Are Transnational Students? is from Ed Week.

One School, 10 Languages is from The Atlantic.

WIDA has a regular series of what they call “Focus Bulletins” on ELL topics.

Obama’s Last Attempt at Immigration Reform is from The Atlantic.

August 10, 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:

Motivating speaking activities for lower levels is from The British Council. I’m adding it to Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.

Dual language programs could get boost with initiative on November ballot is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California.

State Department, Citing Security, Suspends Teaching Program in Turkey is from The New York Times.

Online linguistic search engine Ludwig helps get your English on is from TechCrunch. It’s about a new search engine called…Ludwig that is supposed to help English Learners write better by typing a sentence in the search box and get better versions of that same sentence from Internet pages. I might be missing something, but it seems to me that a word-processing program like Word gives you that kind of feedback already.

How one Queens high school became a safe haven for children fleeing Central America is from NY Chalkbeat.

Somalis in Maine strike back after Trump’s comments at rally is from The Associated Press.

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