Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 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:

Critical Thinking About Technology: An ELT Activity is a nice lesson plan from TESOL.

Here is Katherine Bilsborough on no-prep activities at this British Council post.

Breaking Language Barriers: An Effective ELL Approach is from Ed Week.

Getting to Know Each Other Through a Single Word is from TESOL. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Planning The First Day Of School.

Critics Protest Opening of Houston Arabic Immersion Elementary School is from Ed Week.

First Steps for a New ESL Coach is by Elena Aguilar.

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August 21, 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: ‘First lines’ for developing comprehension is by Adam Simpson.

Free ebook – PARSNIPs in ELT: Stepping out of the Comfort Zone (vol. 1) is also by Adam Simpson. What does PARSNIPs stands for?

This is the lovely acronym for Politics, Alcohol, Religion, Sex, Narcotics, -Isms, and Pork. These are the DMZ of the ELT world, the no-go zones where coursebook publishers fear to tread (in case they lose customers)

I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics.

Undocumented Immigrant Children Banned from Indiana Preschools is from Education Week.

Lawsuit claims state refuses to release data on English learners is from Ed Source and California education officials sued for records on English learners is a Sacramento Bee report on the same story.

I think the post highlighted in this first tweet has some really good ideas:

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August 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:

The August issue of my favorite ELS/ELL journal, Humanising Language Teaching, just came online.

Making Word Problems Less Problematic is from TESOL. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners.

Teachers from Mexico and California collaborate to teach algebra is from Ed Source.

News from Ed Week about a federal waiver just received by Connecticut:

Connecticut essentially got the same deal as Florida when it comes to assessing English-language learners. Under the Nutmeg State’s renewed waiver, schools won’t have to count the achievement of students who have been in the country for less than two years for accountability purposes.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

California just published its complete and final English Language Development Standards and supporting documents:

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August 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:

Great reading strategies: ‘Story sequencing’ for developing comprehension is by Adam Simpson.

The first thing schools often get wrong for English language learners is their names is from Chalkbeat Indiana.

Why schools are rushing to hire more bilingual teachers is from Fusion.

Here’s a great list of speaking activities from The British Council. I’m adding them to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.

4 New First Week Activities and Some Oldies is from Eva Buyuksimkesyan. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Planning The First Days Of School.

This tweet shares a very good article, including links to a helpful study sharing the economic benefits of being bilingual. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual Or Multilingual:

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Sites To Download Free ESL Board Game Templates:

I’ll end with a video of a recent game Jimmy Fallon played on his late night show, which I’ve previously discussed and added to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom. The game, called Word Sneak, can be a fun language-learning activity.

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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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