Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

June 25, 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 and The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far.

By the way, today is the day Katie Hull and I officially began writing our next book on teaching ELLs.  It’s going to be a crazy summer, so I’ll probably be posting less than I have in the past….

Here are this week’s choices:

Drawception is an online site where users play a weird but fun combination of Pictionary and the Telephone game. It’s been around for awhile, but they now finally added the ability to create private virtual rooms so that you can control who you get to play with – a must if teachers are going to use it with students. I’ve added it to The Best Online Games Students Can Play In Private Virtual “Rooms” and just updated the entire list.

In reviewing some of my older posts, I rediscovered The British Game from the British Council. It has a lot of nice videos, but its key quality is having many follow-up interactives for each one. I’ll definitely have my Intermediate students try it out next year.

Another site I revisited is Scott Thornbury’s index at his blog, An A-Z of ELT. Check it out!

Eight Characteristics of Effective (& Awesome) ESL Teachers is from Valentina Gonzalez.

Netflix has begun creating online video “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories. Unfortunately, they only work on a touch screen for now, not within the browser of a computer. These kinds of stories are great for ELLs, though, and I’m adding the info to The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories.

Google has allowed Voice Dictation for awhile on Google Docs (see Google Docs Expands Voice-Typing Ability Expanding Language-Learning Possibilities). Microsoft is now late to the party and offers an extension to do something similar for Word.

Too Few ELL Students Land in Gifted Classes is from Ed Week.

LingoKids is a new online English program for younger children. They have a supposedly free program for teachers, but you can’t try it out without giving your contact information and then have a representative contact you. You can read more the company at TechCrunch.

North Jersey teen, among first Syrian refugees in U.S., graduates near top of class is from a New Jersey newspaper. Thanks to Alexander Russo for the tip.

Four Teacher Collaboration FAQs is from Tan Huynh.

I recently posted What’s Your Best Lesson For Beginning Or Intermediate English Language Learners? and the two first responses I received were from great teachers:

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words…But How Do We Get Those Words Out? is from Valentina Gonzalez.

Summer Vacation! is from David Deubelbeiss.

Here’s a video from Carol Salva:

June 19, 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 and The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far.

By the way, today is the day Katie Hull and I officially began writing our next book on teaching ELLs.  It’s going to be a crazy summer, so I’ll probably be posting less than I have in the past….

Here are this week’s choices:

Jr. Naver, from Korea, has many free and accessible animations and cartoons designed to teach English.

Your Walls as a Co-Teacher is as great post from Carol Salva.

Even for Late Learners, Starting to Read Changes the Brain Fast is an article from Ed Week that has a nice graphic. I’m going to to show it to my ELL students who are not literate in their home language. It goes along with lessons I do about how learning new things makes the brain “grow.” I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning and to The Best Online Resources For Teachers of Pre-Literate ELL’s & Those Not Literate In Their Home Language.

This earpiece can translate foreign languages in seconds is from Wired. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate & Other Forms Of Machine Translation.

Want to teach online? RPG comes to the rescue! is definitely intriguing.

Understanding Outcomes for English Learners: The Importance of the ‘Ever EL’ Category is from Inside IES Research. Here’s a quote:”While the low graduation rates for current ELs are certainly concerning, it is also important to know that former ELs are graduating at rates slightly higher than students never classified as ELs (77.9 percent vs. 75.6 percent, respectively).”

Does Vocabulary Instruction Improve Reading Comprehension? is from The Backseat Linguist.

Collaborative Reasoning: Small Group Discussions and Their Impact on Language Learning is from ELT Research Bites.

K-12 Teachers Are Disproportionately White and Monolingual. Here’s One Way That Could Change. is from Slate.

‘Dreamers’ to Stay in U.S. for Now, but Long-Term Fate Is Unclear is from The NY Times.

June 11, 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:

GUARDIANS OF THE PLANET is a lesson for ELLs on climate change from ELT-Cation. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change.

Super-Brainy Translation Tools Mean Language Barriers Are Falling Fast is from NBC News. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate & Other Forms Of Machine Translation.

TESOL ASSOCIATION OPENS UP OFFERINGS TO NONMEMBERS is welcome news to all ELL teachers.

A new issue of my favorite ELL/ESL journal, Humanising Language Teaching, is now online.

Welcome To Refugee High is from Chicago Magazine. Thanks to Alexander Russo for the tip.

For new citizens, America is still the best place on Earth is from The San Francisco Chronicle. Note that the article says that President Trump, unlike Obama and Bush, has chosen to not record a video welcoming new citizens. I’m adding this to The Best Websites For Learning About Civic Participation & Citizenship.

More Testing Is Forecast for Nation’s ELL Students is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

Are Your ELs Are Ready to Exit ESL? is from TESOL. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Ins & Outs Of Reclassifying ELLs.

I’ve previously shared several games that Jimmy Fallon plays on The Late Show and how I’ve modified them for use with English Language Learners. I’ve also described his game “Word Sneak” before – he played it on the show a couple of days ago and I thought it would be a good reminder to share it again here:

This hashtag looks like a very interesting and useful one. I’m adding it to The Best Websites To Learn About The Hmong:


This tweet contains a link to a useful presentation. I especially liked the video that is included, which is a great one to demonstration the challenges of ELLs learning idioms (I’m adding the video to The Best Sites To Help ELL’s Learn Idioms & Slang, which I’ve just updated):

Of course, don’t forget this live online free PD next Saturday:

June 3, 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 “must-read” piece for this week’s round-up is Brookings’ post, English learners and the growing need for qualified teachers. It’s filled with useful info and links.

English Learners Were Hurt The Most When Texas Limited Special Education is from NPR.

Songs and Activities for English Language Learners is by Sandra Heyer. I’m adding it to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

Last week of school – time to say goodbye! is from Get Creative. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Finish The School Year Strong.

This is useful info from Ed Source:

California is developing new English language proficiency assessments called the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California, or ELPAC, which will be administered for the first time in spring 2018. Those interested in finding out more about the new assessments can sign up to receive the California Department of Education’s new monthly “ELPAC Updates,” which include information on upcoming fall trainings and opportunities for educators to be involved in the test design and pilot process in 2017–18. Subscribe by sending a blank e-mail to subscribe-elpac@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

Undocumented Students in California: What You Should Know is from Education Trust – West.

May 29, 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:

I’ve found Short Conversations at LanternFish useful. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Developing English Conversational Skills, which I just updated and revised.

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In is from The New York Times.

English with Youtubers – Niga Higa´s Draw Your Life is a nice lesson idea from engames.

English learners: Struggling CT schools ignore a proven path is from The CT Mirror.

How To Make the BEST of Co-Teaching is by Valentina Gonzalez.

In Oklahoma, Special Graduation Celebrates Achievements of English-Language Learner Students is from NBC News.
Rural Iowa Districts Tackle the English-Language Learner Teacher Shortage is from Ed Week.

The May 2017 Focus Bulletin from WIDA is on Focus on ELLs with Disabilities: Identifying ELLs with Specific Learning Disabilities.  I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Assisting ELLs With Special Needs – Help Me Find More.

Avoiding The Plagiarism Epidemic in Your ESL Classroom by @LesleyVos is from TeacherCast.

May 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:

Top Five Vocabulary Strategies for English Language Learners is by Erica Hilliker at The Teaching Channel.

A LETTER TO MY MOTHER THAT SHE WILL NEVER READ is from The New Yorker.

Advocating for ELLs: A Facebook Live Chat with Diane Staehr Fenner is sponsored by Colorin Colorado, and will be happening later today.

Educators: This is How to Help Your Syrian Students is from Bright.

14 Song-Based Lesson Plans and Activities is from On The Same Page. I’m adding it to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

Patterns first – why you should ‘ditch’ word lists, traditional grammar rules and…your textbook is from The Language Gym.

Nik Peachey is writing a series for the British Council on how to self-publish an Ebook for English-language teaching. Here is Part One and Part Two. I’m adding it to So, You Want To Write A Book? Here’s The Best Advice….

Short-term language learning aids mental agility, study suggests is from Science Daily.

Transitional kindergarten helps prepare English learners for school, study finds is from Ed Source.

May 18, 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:

California Can Lead the Country in English Learner Education is from Education Week.

Help ELL Math Students Discover the Universal Language – Part 1 is from SAS. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners.

Best Practices for Serving English Language Learners and Their Families is from Teaching Tolerance.

Researchers, advocates divided over reclassifying English learners is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Ins & Outs Of Reclassifying ELLs.

City Hall Stirs ICE Fears First, Gets Facts Later is from The New York Times.

Edible Bugs! Wendi Pillar’s Engaging ELL Unit is from Middleweb.

Navigate the Globe in Your ESL Class with These 6 Geography Resources is from Fluent U.

May 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:

Video Playlist: Five Essential Practices for the High School ELL Classroom is new from The Teaching Channel. I’ll be using some of these clips in my university ELL Methods class.

I’ve had both my ELLs and English-proficient students use the online tool Quill at various times with differing results. They’ve just created what they call an ELL Diagnostic that ” will automatically create an individualized learning plan for each student. The learning plan provides up to ten weeks of personalized activities.” I’m going to have students try it out this week.

Teaching English – British Council is one of the best resources for ELL teachers on the web. You can subscribe to their free email newsletter here.

ELL Stories is a neat site.

What Can Educators Do to Increase Graduation Rates for English-Learners? is from Education Week.

2 Superb Activities with Posters to Review Topics before Oral Exams is from Blog de Cristina.

The Backseat Linguist shares some intriguing points about phonics instruction. I’m adding it to The Best Articles & Sites For Teachers & Students To Learn About Phonics.

Being bilingual makes you experience time differently is from Quartz. Here’s how it ends:

The results of this work indicate that brains are adaptable and that by learning new things—like a new language—anyone can increase cognitive flexibility.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual.

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