Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

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

Five 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.

In addition, look for our next book on teaching ELLs, which will be published in the Spring of 2018.

Here are this week’s choices:

Anthony Schmidt has written two important posts about written corrective feedback for ELLs: Written Feedback – Does it Work? – Part 1 and Written Feedback – Does it Work? – Part 2. I’m adding them to The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction.

Second-Language Learners’ Vocabulary and Oral Language Development is from The International Literacy Association and was written by Jana Echevarria, California State University, Long Beach and Claude Goldenberg, Stanford University.

Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld shared these useful resources about the English-learning challenges of particular language-speakers:

Language Guide to Transfer Errors

Language Transfers:The Interaction Between English and Students’ Primary Languages

Here’s the new website of the @EllChat_BkClub

The Human Brain is a “word association” site – type in a word and it will show you its most common associations. The interface is very clean and accessible. It would be a great tool for ELLs to use for identifying synonyms EXCEPT that it also always seems to have a few “associations” in its results (type in “mad” and you’ll also get “magazine). For that reason, you’re better off with the options listed at The Best Reference Websites For English Language Learners.

Here’s a nice vocabulary strategy. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary:

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

Five 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.

In addition, look for our next book on teaching ELLs, which will be published in the Spring of 2018.

Here are this week’s choices:

ELLs: Try These 5 Scaffolds in Any Subject is from Valentina Gonzalez and appeared in Middleweb. I’m adding it to The Best Advice To Content Teachers About Supporting English Language Learners.

World Food Day is a lesson plan for ELLs on…World Food Day. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About World Food Day.

Seven Ways to Use Google Docs to Support Bilingual Student Writers is from Ed Surge.

In-class flip: how I made a boring lesson fun is from Martha Ramirez. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On The “Flipped Classroom” Idea.

Rigor for beginning English language learners? Absolutely! is a blog post from Oxford University Press. It shares ideas about one of my favorite higher-order thinking activity – categorizing.

Trump’s Immigration Demands Could Pose Dilemma for Educators, Advocates is from Ed Week, though I don’t think it’s much of a dilemma at all.

Cognitive Load and Language Teaching – What Teachers Need to Know is by Anthony Schmidt.

The British Council shared this crowdsourced list of ELL class games. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

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October 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Five 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.

In addition, look for our next book on teaching ELLs, which will be published in the Spring of 2018.

Here are this week’s choices:

How many new words should you teach per lesson? is by Gianfranco Conti. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

The newest issue of my favorite English teaching journal, Humanising Language Teaching, is now online.

Using tasks in a Communicative Language Teaching classroom is from The English Teaching Professional, and I think it’s pretty interesting.

Tips for teaching in a low-tech classroom is from The British Council.

Authentic Shared Revising & Editing is from Valentina Gonzalez.

English-language learners make the front pages – but that’s not enough is by Conor Williams and appeared in The Grade.

Ready-Made Lesson: Personal Identity is from Blog de Cristina. I’m adding it to The Best Places For Students To Learn About…Their Names.

The bilingual brain calculates differently depending on the language used is from Science Daily.

Three policies to improve children’s language development is from Science Daily.

Early Bilingualism Helps With Learning Languages Later in Life, Study Shows is from Ed Week.

Here’s a useful video from Colorin Colorado:

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom:

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources On The Idea Of “Wait Time”:

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

Here are this week’s choices:

Still images and language learning is a very interesting post by Nick Bilbrough. I think his ideas are very creative. They are a nice complement to a project we did last year: The Mannequin Challenge, ELLs & A Frozen Tableau.

Linguician is a new site that teaches languages through music.  If you have Spanish-speakers in your class, they have a program for them to learn English. I’m adding it to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

How One Pittsburgh District Personalizes Its Approach to Integrating Immigrant Students is from Ed Surge.

Immigration crackdown taking heavy toll on California students is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Trump Administrations New Immigration Enforcement Policies.

Why the Race to Find Bilingual Teachers? Because in Some States, 1 in 5 Students Is an English Language Learner is from The 74.

Starting October 3, Understanding Language (from Stanford) will offer three online professional development courses sponsored by the Gates Foundation and S.H. Cowell Foundation to impact instructional practice, programs, and policy in order to create more meaningful learning experiences for language learners. There are two strands available for participants – one focused on instruction and the other on leadership. (Download and Share Courses Flyer)

September 24, 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.

Here are this week’s choices:

Boys Are Not Defective is about boy and girl students in the Middle East, and it’s also very useful for those of us who are teaching refugees here.

Teaching for Biliteracy is from The Teaching Channel.

Bridging Content and Language: Strategies from a Dual Language Classroom is from The Teaching Channel.

Carol Salva has begun a new podcast for ELL teachers!

WORDLESS VIDEOS FOR ELT is from Svetlana Kandybovich. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

The New Kahoot App – You’ve been Challenged! is also from Carol Salva.

Critical Thinking and Beginning Writing Skills is from ELT Research Bites. I’m adding it to The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students.

Using a Strengths-Based Approach with ELs: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence and Chronic Stress is from Colorin Colorado. I’m adding it The Best Ways For Responding To Student Trauma – Help Me Find More.

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

Here are this week’s choices:

How to Create Culturally Responsive Classrooms is by Valentina Gonzalez and appeared at Middleweb. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

Research Shows Spanish Speakers Take Longer To Learn English. Why? is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement.

Adapting the alibi game – part 1 and Adapting the alibi game – part 2 is by Mike Astbury. It’s more of an activity than a game. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English, where I also include ideas for speaking (and not just links to exercises).

4 TEFL Speaking Activities is from Engames. I’m adding it to the same list.

The case for translation in foreign language instruction is by Gianfranco Conti. Some of my previously posts that are peripherally related to this topic are The Promise & Peril Of Using Google Translate In The ELL Classroom – Share Your Ideas and The Best Resources Explaining Why We Need To Support The Home Language Of ELLs.

A Guide for Engaging ELL Families: Twenty Strategies for School Leaders is from Colorin Colorado. I’m adding it to The Best Parent Engagement Resources For Immigrant Families.

Bilingual education advocates celebrate first new policy for English language learners in 20 years is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California.

3 Indicators of Effective Co-Teaching is by Tan Huynh. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Co-Teaching With ELLs – Please Suggest More.

This tweet contains a great video that ELLs can watch and write and say what they see. I’m adding it to The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters — Help Me Find More:

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Sites To Help Teach About 9/11:

September 8, 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.

Here are this week’s choices:

ADDING A PARAMETER TO COLD CALL is by Doug Lemov. He shares a simple suggestion that could help ELLs, and all students, respond to teachers’ questions better. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English (and I have to rename that list one of these days, since it includes recommendations for classroom practice as well as websites).

A Quick-Start Guide for Teaching English-Language Learners is an excellent piece by Wendi Pillars.

VIDEOGLOSS: CHOCOLATE ROULADE provides an excellent lesson idea. It’s from Svetlana Kandybovich. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them).

Question Charts is from the On The Same Page blog. I think it’s an interesting idea, and I’m pondering various kinds of adaptations. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More.

Adapting your go-to games: backs to the board is by Mike Astbury. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

Questions that Drive Co-Teaching is by Tan Huynh. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Co-Teaching With ELLs – Please Suggest More.

Trump order could give immigration agents a foothold in US schools is from The Guardian.

I’ve previously written about a speaking exercise I do (see Using a “Three-Two-one” Speaking Activity) that is very similar to the one described in the positive research cited in this tweet:

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

Here are this week’s choices:

Four Surefire Techniques for Engaging English Language Learners is an excellent article by Valentina Gonzalez.

Estoy Aprendiendo English: Una Historieta En Dos Idiomas is a comic in Spanish from NPR.

Here’s a new and free open source math curriculum for middle school that supposedly has a lot of supports for ELLs.

Back to School: Fun ELL reading and writing game! is from the Language Learning and Teaching blog. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Planning The First Day Of School.

Duolingo’s Tinycards comes to Android is from TechCrunch.

DeepL is a new online translator tool that looks pretty good (see DeepL schools other online translators with clever machine learning from TechCrunch). I’m adding it to The Best Reference Websites For English Language Learners.

Stanford’s Understanding Language is offering some new and free online professional development this fall.

ELT Stories shares some nice vocabulary activities. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

How Many Americans Would Pass an Immigration Test Endorsed by Trump? is an interactive from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Proposed Changes To U.S. “Legal” Immigration Policy.

‘Dreamer’ Plan That Aided 800,000 Immigrants Is Threatened is from The New York Times.

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