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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Colts’ Quarterback Andrew Luck Begins Book Club For Kids & Adults


It’s not unusual for me students to tell me that they don’t have to worry about reading and writing well because they are planning on being a professional basketball player, skateboarder, etc, which is why I’ve published The Best Videos & Articles Where Athletes Explain How Reading & Writing Well Has Helped Their Career – Help Me Find More.

Thanks to Donalyn Miller, I’ve learned about a related story – Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck has just begun a book club for kids and adults (the image of him at the top of this post is from his Stanford career).

You can learn all about it at The Andrew Luck Book Club and/or watch this video:

April 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: Only Six States Require ELL Certification For Teachers

What’s it like to be the new kid AND a refugee? is a story from Public Radio International, and it contained this statistic, which was a very surprising one to me:


That particular story comes from a great section on PRI’s website that is called “Global Nation,” which they describe as:

Global Nation is where we hear real-world stories of immigrants in the United States—their challenges, successes and how uneven US immigration laws affect their lives.

It seems to have a lot of high-interest and accessible stories to students, especially ELLs.

April 10, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The British Council Has Excellent Leveled Reading Resources


One of my most popular posts is The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels.” It’s filled with free sources where you can get the similar versions of the same text that have been edited for different levels of readers.

For some reason, however, I have neglected to put the modified readings from the great British Council on that list, and I am fixing that oversight now.

They have a number of readings in three or four levels each. They seem to have them in two different places — stories in three levels here and four levels here.

Please check out that “Best” list to see if I’m missing anything — these kinds of readings are gold to ELL teachers and others!

March 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Excellent “Listen & Read” Nonfiction From National Geographic


Judie Haynes has a very useful TESOL post titled 10 Online Resources to Improve EL Literacy that’s worth reading.

One resource she mentions that I thought was particularly good was from National Geographic. They have quite a few simple “Listen & Read” nonfiction stories that would be great for English Language Learners. You can find them here and here.

I’m adding them to The Best Websites To Help Beginning Readers.

March 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

World Book Day Is Either March 3rd Or April 23rd (Depending Where You Live) – Here Are Related Resources


April 23rd has been declared “World Book Day” by UNESCO, though it’s celebrated on the first Thursday of March in the United Kingdom.

I’ve just updated The Best Resources For World Book Day — April 23rd or First Thursday Of March (Depending Where You Live).

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