Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

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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May 12, 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:

Rejecting the Single Story is a great lesson for ELLs from Wendi Pillars.

TESL Canada’s eMagazine is a great source of useful articles.

In U.S. Schools, Undocumented Youths Strive to Adjust is from Education Week.

These schools graduate English learners at a rate nearly 75 percent higher than other schools. What are they doing right? is from The Hechinger Report.

IATEFL Manchester 2015: In the classroom is by Sandy Millin. The section titled “Classic exercises and why they work in the 21st century” is especially worth reading.

U.S. Teacher of the Year Got “Master Class in Culture” From Refugees is from a Texas PBS affiliate.

Teach SPED & ESL looks like a useful Twitter account to follow for educators concerned about ELLs with special needs.

Introducing the Dual Language Learners Reader: Post #1 is from Ed Central and offers good definitions of the labels used to describe English Language Learners. Thanks to Conor Williams for sharing it.

I’m going to add the resource shared in this tweet to The “All-Time” Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of English Language Learners. It’s a gold mine!

As I pasted that tweet, I realized that I had forgotten to include another very important free comprehensive guide to teaching ELLs on that “all-time” list. I just fixed that oversight. Here’s how I’ve written about it in the past:

I think the Peace Corps has developed some of the best materials on how to teach English Language Learners. Unfortunately, their website is usually not working so you can’t download them from there. Fortunately, the manuals are available elsewhere. The two best ones are TEFL/TESL: Teaching English As a Foreign or Second Language and Teaching English As A Foreign Language To Large, Multi-Level Classes.

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May 3, 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:

Philip Pound has just begun the free online EFL Magazine. It has some very useful articles in it. I’m adding the link to The Best Resource Sites For ESL/EFL Teachers.

Why Teachers Are A Key Factor in the Success of Dual Language Learners is from Ed Central.

Themes from #IATEFL – Time for talking, time for learning… is a great link-filled post from Dave Dodgson

Here are two interesting posts about “interactive fiction” (text-based “choose your adventure” stories): Interactive Fiction in the Classroom is from Edutopia; TEL: Constructive Gamification in the classroom is from DHSB Teaching. I think these kinds of stories can be fun for ELLs to both read and write. I’m adding them both to The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories.

Ms Maufroid has created a nice interactive about New York City. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About New York City. Thanks to Michelle Henry for the tip.

New from Diane and Colleagues! Evaluating ALL Teachers of English Learners and Students With Disabilities is from Colorin Colorado.

I’ve previously posted about a game Jimmy Fallon plays on his show that I sometimes use as a language-development activity. It’s called “Box of Lies.” He played it again this week, and here’s the clip:

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April 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:

4 Characteristics of Effective Teachers of ELs is by Judie Haynes.

Inductive and deductive grammar teaching: what is it, and does it work? is from the English Language Teaching Global Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching.

Using video content effectively in your EFL classroom is from the English Language Teaching Global Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them).

The Obama Administration’s New Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant Integration is from Ed Central.

The English Game is a very British-oriented video interactive site for learning English. It’s impressive.

I’ve shared a number of games Jimmy Fallon has played on his show and how they could be applicable to the ELL classroom. Now, here’s one from a different show, The Late Late Show with James Corden, who models how “Guess Who?” could also be used as a language development activity. I’m adding this to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

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April 18, 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:

Lessons Learned: 2.5 Years Teaching ESL Online is from Off 2 Class.

Writing Exercises is an intriguing interactive writing site. You can learn more about it at Ozge Karaoglu’s Blog.

Academic Language Function Toolkit is from the Sweetwater School District and looks very useful. Maria Dove shared it on Twitter. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary.

2 Way Tasks is by David Deubelbeiss. I’m adding it to The Best Online Resources For “Information Gap” Activities.

My Collaborative Journey is a very interesting three-part series over at Colorin Colorado.

Video For All has a ton of resources about using video in language-teaching. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them).

Games for the language classroom: Who wants to be a millionaire is another great post by Adam Simpson. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

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April 12, 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:

Education Week Spotlight On English Language Learners is a free download of several useful articles about ELLs.

What Would a World Without Language Barriers Look Like? is an Atlantic article about Skype’s new “instant” translator, which I’ve written about previously.

I’ve previously shared about The Noun Project. NPR has published a new article on it, How Iconic: A Word Is Worth Thousands Of Pictures.

Just Google It is a list and description of fun Google-related games. It’s from Elt-Cation. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

Games for the language classroom: Blockbusters is by Adam Simpson. I’m adding it to the same list.

David Petrie: Adapting your coursebook is from The British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Adapting Your Textbook So It Doesn’t Bore Students To Death.

Vocabulary Strategies in 15 Minutes! is a useful post. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

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

Here are some useful tweets from a big ESL/EFL conference:

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April 4, 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:

Nik Peachey writes about a site called Corrective Feedback. It’s supposed to automatically assess and correct essays written by English Language Learners. It provides a fair number of free attempts, but then you have to purchase access. I’m very wary of these kinds of automated correction systems, as I’ve explained in The Best Posts On Computer-Graded Essays. In my experiment with Corrective Feedback, it accurately identified nine items — including, surprisingly to me, that the writer had done a good job with their introduction and their conclusion. It mis-identified one mistake, and completely missed several others.

Three Tools to Support ELL Students is by Barbara Blackburn.

Bridging Gaps For Immigrant-Origin Children is from Ed Central.

Flipped Learning in the World-Language Classroom offers some interesting takeaways for second-language classrooms. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On The “Flipped Classroom” Idea.

What I learned from teaching English in North Korea is from TED Talks.

Common Core tests will widen achievement gap — at first is from The Hechinger Report, and discusses accommodations the new state standardized tests will offer to ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

SONIA NIETO ON THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION: AN INTERVIEW is from TESOL.

Picture Books to Help ELLs Access Common Core Anchor Reading Standards is from Common Core and ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Common Core Standards & English Language Learners.

Re-imagining the grammar classics: The personalized gap fill is from Teach Them English. I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Creating Clozes (Gap-Fills).

The British Council has a great collection of online vocabulary exercises. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

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March 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:

Education Department Pledges to Prioritize Needs of Language-Learners is from Education Week.

New Report Offers State Leaders, Feds Advice to Improve ELL Education is also from Ed Week.

After learning new words, brain sees them as pictures is a somewhat interesting study.

How to Measure English Learners’ Development More Accurately is by Conor Williams.

How to help English learners read more quickly is from The British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Reading Strategies & Comprehension – Help Me Find More!

George Chilton – We all make mistakes is from The British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction.

Word Links: A Vocabulary Game is from tekhnologic. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

YOU DON’T FOOL ME is an ESL Lesson Plan. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About St. Patrick’s Day (and April Fool’s Day).

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