Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

January 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I’ve started a somewhat 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:

Creating Text Dependent Questions for ELLs: Examples for 6th-8th Grade is from Common Core and ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Common Core Standards & English Language Learners.

An Immigrant’s Dream for a Better Life is a New York Times slideshow.

Teaching the English Language Learner in the Social Studies Classroom is from Glencoe. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning Strategies To Teach ELL’s In Content Classes.

What the Rising Popularity in Dual Language Programs Could Mean for Dual Language Learners is from Ed Central.

How to start writing ELT materials for publishers describes and provides a link to a free ebook on the topic. I’m adding it to So, You Want To Write A Book? Here’s The Best Advice…

Useful IELTS Websites is from Lizzie Pinard. IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. Lizzie has also published My Top 10 Resources for Teaching IELTS.

Micro Writing: Writing to learn in ESL is from ELT Connect. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

How to Help Our Learners Discover English is from Gallery Languages. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching.

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January 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I’ve started a somewhat 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:

What they’re doing in New York state is VERY interesting, and I hope they’d consider doing the same in California some day: State eases graduation requirements for new immigrants.

12 Ways to Support ESL Students in the Mainstream Classroom is by Jennifer Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning Strategies To Teach ELL’s In Content Classes.

Big Brain Benefits For Bilinguals is from Wellness Warrior. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual Or Multilingual.

TESOL Announces 2015 President’s Award, and it’s going to a worthy recipient, Linda Darling-Hammond.

New Report Details How States Fund the Education of English-Language Learners comes from Education Week.

How to survive the worst moments of learning a language is from The Guardian.

Top 20 EFL Classroom 2.0 Resources is from…EFL Classroom 2.0.

The Reinvention of Bilingual Education in America’s Schools appeared in Slate.

I’m adding these next two resources to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons:

The power of free mobile apps – No 1 PicCollage is from Larissa’s Languages

Touchable Memories is a lesson from Film English.

OUR FAVOURITE TOOL FOR ONLINE ESL TEACHERS is a video conferencing tool called Zoom.us, according to “Off 2 Class.” They use it to teach English classes online. I’m adding it to A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.

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January 11, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I’ve started a somewhat 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:

Language Translation Tech Starts to Deliver on Its Promise is a New York Times article. I was particularly struck by this line:

Google will soon announce updates to its translation app for phones. Google Translate now offers written translation of 90 languages and the ability to hear spoken translations of a few popular languages. In the update, the app will automatically recognize if someone is speaking a popular language and automatically turn it into written text.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate.

Fla. Wins Flexibility in Accountability for English-Learners is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

An inspiring way to learn English? By watching TED Talks is a post from the TED blog about a new textbook series, along with multimedia, designed to use TED materials to teach English. It’s very hard to get an idea of what it really looks like from this post, so I can’t make any comment about how good or bad it is. I’d be interested in getting feedback from people who have actually seen or used the materials. I’m adding it to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

Pleasure of learning new words is a report on a new study that has some implications for language-learning.

I’m adding Differentiated Instruction in Classes of Differing Ability #ELTchat Summary to The Best Resources On Teaching Multilevel ESL/EFL Classes.

Things To Do With Photos is from ESL Resources. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

It’s not a video, but I’m adding this tweet to The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual Or Multilingual:

For Undocumented Immigrants, High Schools Can Play a Key Role is from The Education Writers Association. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Obama Administration’s Plan To Partially Implement The DREAM Act.

Anna Loseva: 30 questions to ask yourself on New Year’s Eve appeared on the Teaching English website. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About New Year Celebrations.

Dave Dodgson: A year in review. Three Quick Ideas to Start your 2015 Classes is being added to the same list.

Here are two new additions to The Best Web Tools For Teaching Irregular Verbs & Verb Tenses — Contribute Your Suggestions!:

British Council Exercises

Engames interactive

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January 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I’ve started a somewhat 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:

12 Ways to Support ESL Students in the Mainstream Classroom is by Jennifer Gonzalez.

10 Habits for successful English language learning is by Nik Peachey.

This is a very interesting and useful slideshow sharing ideas on how to get second-language-learners to practice speaking. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English:

The Online Writing Lab from Excelsior College has some great resources for English Language Learners. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For K-12 Writing Instruction/Reinforcement.

Teaching academic vocabulary: a guide for beginners is an exceptional post by Adam Simpson. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary.

Federal Officials Grant Florida Waiver on English-Learner Testing is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

Teaching grammar inductively – Catherine Walter is a video from The British Council. You’ll catch the most useful info if you just watch the last five minutes. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Grammar Practice.

Making Use Of Google Translate offers some intriguing thoughts for ESL teachers. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate & Other Forms Of Machine Translation.

Here is one I’m adding to The Best Sites For Learning About New Year Celebrations:

Happy New Year 2015! Teaching Worldwide Celebrations is by Judie Haynes.

I’m adding these next two to The Best Ways To Help Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Succeed:

New Year’s Resolutions Lesson Plan is from Tim’s Free English Plans.

Bridget Jones’s New Year’s Resolutions: Lesson Plan

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December 21, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I’ve started a somewhat 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:

Language Travel Tips: How to Talk to Someone Who Doesn’t Speak Much English is from Slate, and could be a very helpful piece for ALL teachers to read.

Teaching English learners language of math is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners.

California schools step up efforts to help ‘long-term English learners’ is from The Los Angeles Times.

California Puts More Attention on Long-Term English-Language Learners is a similar piece from Ed Week.

From Images to Words is a good post by Marisa Constantinides. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

Most Popular 2014 Blog Posts: The Crystal Ball Revisited is from Common Core and ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Common Core Standards & English Language Learners.

ETS Recommends Changes For English-Language Proficiency Assessments is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.


Film: ‘I Learn America’ Looks at Immigration Through Five Students’ Eyes
is an Ed Week post about an upcoming movie. Here’s its trailer:

Two Christmas Activities is from The British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn About Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa.

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December 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I’ve started a somewhat 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:

Immigrant Minors From Central America Bring Hope, Past Trauma to U.S. Schools is from The Hechinger Report. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Children Refugee Crisis At The U.S. Southern Border.

David Deubelbeiss at EFL Classroom 2.0 has announced that if people join prior to the first of the year, they will have free access to all site materials. If you join afterwards, though, you’ll have to pay a nominal fee. Any ESL/EFL teacher would have to be insane not to want to take advantage of the resources there.

A Roomful of Quotes: A Communicative Activity is a nice lesson from TESOL.

Cultivating Academic Language and Literacy in Science Instruction was the title of a recent Webinar, which I believe can be viewed for free. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching The Next Generation Science Standards To English Language Learners.

Five Reasons to Teach English Using Art is a useful post.

The latest issue of my favorite ESL/EFL journal, Humanising Language Teaching, is now available online.

Assessment in the multi-level classroom is from the Oxford Press blog, and offers good advice. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Teaching Multilevel ESL/EFL Classes.

ESL Classroom Routines is a good post from TESOL.

2 simple ideas for adapting your course book is from Lizzie Pinard. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Adapting Your Textbook So It Doesn’t Bore Students To Death

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December 5, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

I’ve started a somewhat 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:

Duolingo app now certifies English language proficiency is from Mashable.

Literacy Through Photography for English-Language Learners is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

Bilingualism delays Alzheimer’s manifestation by more than four years is from Science Daily. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual.

Here’s a lesson on the Merry Christmas Mr. Bean video. It’s from EFL Smart. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn About Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa.

Rise Up is a nice lesson from Film English that can be used to help students plan a trip around the world.

I’ve previously posted about many games Jimmy Fallon plays on his show, and how they can be used with English Language Learners. One of them is the popular Pictionary. If by chance you don’t know how to play it, he played it again this week and here’s the video:

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November 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

I’ve started a somewhat 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:

Using Pair and Group Work to Develop ELLs’ Oral Language Skills is from Colorin Colorado. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.

Key Strategies for Developing Oral Language is from The Teaching Channel. I’m adding it to the same list.

How To Start Academic Conversations is a useful article. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary.

Teaching learning strategies to ELLs: What, why, when, how is an excellent article from Multi Briefs.

When Language and Learning Get Tough is from Language Magazine. It’s about English Learners with learning difficulties.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them):

Teacher talk – Error correction is a video from The British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction.

Narrowing the Language Gap: The Case for Explicit Vocabulary Instruction is from Scholastic. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

On a journey to think critically is from Oxford Press. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Teaching & Learning Critical Thinking In The Classroom.

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