Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Four 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 – Part Two

Here are this week’s choices:

3 Reasons To Dump Round Robin Reading and What To Do Instead is by Valentina Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Students Reading Aloud Individually In ESL Class — But I Need Your Help Finding Research On The Topic.

S is for Speaking (1) is by Scott Thornbury. It offers some good student activity ideas. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.

10 Best Free Listening Websites with Quizzes to Practise for Listening Exams is from Blog de Cristina. I’m adding it to The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners.

Thanks to The Backseat Linguist, I learned about The Language Muse. It appears to be Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) attempt to break into the English Language Learner market. It will take any text you give it and automatically turn it into a zillion different learning activities you can either assign electronically or via paper.

I have lots of concerns about tools that spit out automatic activities (see “textivate” Has Potential, But…..), but you might want to try out The Language Muse. You have to request a password, and I received one within twelve hours. It seems free to use now, but I think it’s a safe bet that ETS will be charging schools in the not-so-distant future.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress.

Here’s a video about it:

Google Translate has made some new advances. Read about them at these two TechCrunch posts: Google’s smarter, A.I.-powered translation system expands to more languages and Google makes its local reviews easier to use when traveling with automated translation. I’m adding them to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate.

This Elementary Teacher Didn’t Find Art Books That Connected With Her Students, So She Wrote Her Own is from a Miami radio station.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Sites For Learning Strategies To Teach ELL’s In Content Classes:

I’m adding this last tweet to The Best Guides To ESL/EFL/ELL Terminology:

April 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Four 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 – Part Two

Here are this week’s choices:

StoryWorld is a new site that has about forty bilingual stories (English/Spanish or English/Chinese) with audio support for the text. Teachers can easily create virtual classrooms. You can get a thirty-day free trial (no credit card number required). Then, it costs $69 per year for a classroom. I think it might be particularly useful for my Spanish-speaking students who are not literate in their home language. I’m going to try it out this month and see. I’m also adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress and The Best Online Resources For Teachers of Pre-Literate ELL’s & Those Not Literate In Their Home Language.

I’ve previously written a lot about The Teaching English British Council Facebook page. I can’t say enough about it – it’s just about the most useful site on the web for teachers of ELLs. In addition to being useful for ELL teachers, though, they’ve also begun to share helpful materials for teachers of anybody. I’d encourage you to become a regular visitor if you aren’t already.

English Australia Journal is a treasure trove of ideas for teaching English Language Learners.

IATEFL and TESOL are the two major international organizations for teachers of English Language Learners. IATEFL Glasgow 2017: In sum is a post by Sandy Millin that includes lots of posts and videos from the recent IATEFL conference.

Doing and Talking Science: A Teacher’s Guide to Meaning-Making with English Learners is from WIDA. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching The Next Generation Science Standards To English Language Learners.

District Pays Out $150K to Settle Immigrant’s Discrimination Lawsuit is from Education Week.

The Backseat Linguist has a nice commentary on a recent study about phonics. It raises important questions, especially in light of some who claim the study prove phonics is the way to go. Personally, I’m a believer and practitioner in teaching phonics inductively – not in the mind-numbing way it’s often taught. You can see more at The Best Articles & Sites For Teachers & Students To Learn About Phonics.

You’ll want to read A Newcomer’s Journey by ELL teacher Astrid Emily Francis.

ELT Base has a lot of useful English-teaching and learning resources.

Here are two new studies on English Language Learners of not particularly useful value (in my opinion, at least), but it’s at least worth knowing about them:

Improving English-language learners’ content knowledge and comprehension

Are two commonly used early warning indicators accurate predictors of dropout for English learner students? Evidence from six districts in Washington state

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources On Providing Scaffolds To Students:

This is a simple, but brilliant, game.  I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom:

April 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Four 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 – Part Two

Here are this week’s choices:

Students From Different Cultures Collaborate To Communicate With Each Other is from NPR.

Animal expressions is a fun collection of photo from The Boston Globe. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Using “If This Animal Or Image Could Talk” Lesson Idea In Class.

Credo Reference is like a mini-online encyclopedia. Its language is not as simple as I’d like it to be, but its big asset is that it provides audio narration for the text. I’m adding it to The Best Reference Websites For English Language Learners.

Breaking school language barriers is from District Administration.

Bilingual Teacher Shortages in California: A Problem Likely to Grow is from The Learning Policy Institute. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California.

Introducing and Reading Poetry with English Language Learners is from Colorin Colorado. I’m adding it to The Best World Poetry Day Resources – Help Me Find More.

Classifying English proficiency varies by district, with mixed outcomes for students is from Eureka Alert, and is a summary of a big study on reclassification of ELLs. I read both the summary and reviewed the study, and I still don’t really understand it beyond the headline of the summary. So, until and unless someone can explain to me how it helps us in the reclassification process, I’m not going to add it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Ins & Outs Of Reclassifying ELLs.

Scientists make strides explaining how we discern language is from Science Daily.

Why we have been teaching listening skills wrongly for decades appeared in TES.

How to Teach Conversational English is from The Busy Teacher.

I’m adding this first tweet to The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners:

What Is It Like to Learn Math In a Different Language? is from the Mind Research Institute. I’m adding it to the same list.

April 7, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Four 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 – Part Two

Here are this week’s choices:

Next week, I’ll be participating in a Twitter Chat on our latest book on teaching ELLs:

Games For Language has a very nice story-telling interactive for English Language Learners (they have ones for learners of other languages, too).  My students enjoyed it this past week.

Circle Games is from the British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

“Focus Bulletins” from WIDA provide in-depth reports on a variety of ELL-related issues.

The latest issue of my favorite ELL journal, Humanising Language Teaching, is now online.

Teaching grammar through listening (part 2) is from Language Gym. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Grammar Practice.

California’s New Data Dashboard and What It Means for English Learners is from New America.

This group wants to bar children in the U.S. illegally from attending some schools is from The L.A. Times.

Trump and DeVos: What Could the New Administration Spell for English Learner and Immigrant Students? is from The Migrant Policy Institute. I’m adding it to The Best Articles On What The Trump Presidency Might Mean For Schools.

April 1, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Four 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 – Part Two

Here are this week’s choices:

The Teaching Channel has created A “Deep Dive” bringing together all their resources related to ELLs.

On The Right Path is an article about a National Writing Project-supported writing program for ELLs. I’ve previously posted a couple of articles about the same effort.

California pressed to stop collecting students’ citizenship data is from The San Francisco Chronicle.

A Surprising Explanation For Why Some Immigrants Excel In Science is from NPR.

Teaching and Assessing ELLs’ Listening Skills with Listenwise is from Colorin Colorado.

I’ve found the ESL Writing Wizard useful to create sheets to assist students who don’t have literacy in their home language, or students who come from very different handwriting systems. I’m adding it to The Best Online Resources For Teachers of Pre-Literate ELL’s.

Reverse physical stories is an interesting twist on TPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Total Physical Response (TPR).

Teaching Language With Culture In California is from NPR.

A High School’s Lesson For Helping English Language Learners Get To College is also from NPR.

Students Serve Up Stories Of Beloved Family Recipes In A Global Cookbook is from NPR.

Pop Song Workbook is a treasure trove from David Deubelbeiss. I’m adding it to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

9 mistakes you need to stop making with your teaching is from English For Asia.
English-Language Learners: How Schools Can Drive or Derail Their Success is from Ed Week.

How Fear of Deportation Puts Stress on Families is from The Atlantic.

The Literacy Shed has lots of nice non-YouTube videos (so, unlikely to be blocked by school content filters) accessible to ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

ESOL and Special Education Collaboration: A Teacher’s Perspective is from Colorin Colorado. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Assisting ELLs With Special Needs – Help Me Find More.

Say the Same Thing has potential as a language-learning game. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

First is the original tweet, and then my comment on it:

March 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Four 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 – Part Two

Here are this week’s choices:

The Potential and Promise of Latino Students is by Patricia Gándara and appeared in The American Educator.

The Power of PechaKucha is at Anthony Teacher.

Mexico wants its kids speaking English as well as Spanish within 20 years is from The Washington Post.

Listen and Read Along is a great YouTube channel filled with text and songs that look like this one I used yesterday in my classroom. I’m adding it to The Best Music Websites For Learning English:

March 12, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Four 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 – Part Two

Here are this week’s choices:

If “Google” is Translating Then I’ll Start Revamping – Guest Post by Naomi Ganin Epstein is from Vicky Loras’ blog. I’m adding it to The Promise & Peril Of Using Google Translate In The ELL Classroom – Share Your Ideas.

Helping Immigrant Students Catch Up, Fast — It Takes A Whole School is from NPR.

Somali Students Help Teachers Learn What It’s Like To Be A Refugee is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day.

Tool Aims to Help Schools Better Identify English-Language Learners is from Ed Week.

Gamify Language Acquisition with Kahoot is by Carol Salva.

Learning a new language makes you a more tolerant person is from Quartz. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual.

People who speak multiple languages make the best employees for one big reason is also from Quartz. I’m adding it to the same list.

I’m adding this first tweet to The Best Resources For Teaching The Next Generation Science Standards To English Language Learners:

March 5, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Four 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 – Part Two

Here are this week’s choices:

Duolingo did a study of their users and came up with 3 habits of successful language learners. Their conclusions have some similarities and some differences with prior research, which you can find at The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner.

Extensive Reading and Reading Proficiency – What the Evidence Says is from ELT Research Bites. I’m adding it to The Best Resources Documenting The Effectiveness of Free Voluntary Reading.

Making Learning Stick: Total Physical Response is by Valentina Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Total Physical Response (TPR).

Most readers, I’m sure, are aware of recent actions by ICE that have created fear and stress among many of our immigrant students and their families.  You can find related helpful info at The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges.  If you’re not aware of several well-publicized ICE actions that I can guarantee your students know about, here are a few links:

Teachers, Parents Struggle To Comfort Children Of Color Fearful Of Targeted Raids is from NPR.

ICE isn’t just detaining “bad hombres.” They’re scooping up anyone in their path. is from Vox.

Deportation Arrest Highlights Tensions in Los Angeles on Immigration is from The New York Times.

Parents fearing deportation pick guardians for U.S. children is from Reuters.

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