Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

June 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Epic!” Provides 15,000 eBooks, Plus Virtual Classrooms, For Free


Epic! lets educators create a free virtual classroom with up to thirty students. They can then access any of the 15,000 eBooks that are available on the app (via PC, laptop, tablet or phone) and teachers can monitor what is being read and by whom.

Families have to pay if they want access to the site at home, though it’s unclear to me how Epic! can tell where students are when they are reading. Perhaps it’s based on the time of day it’s being used?

Regardless, it’s another good resource that students and teachers can use for either independent or classwide reading.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

June 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: A Problem With Book “Leveling”

Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan published a very useful post today titled Further Explanation of Teaching Students with Challenging Text.

Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Why Book “Leveling” Is A Bad Idea.

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May 19, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

NY Times Learning Network Announces Summer Reading Contest


The New York Times Learning Network has just announced The Seventh Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest.

It’s super simple — every week students just have to leave a comment saying what they found most interesting in The Times that week and why. Parents can encourage their kids to participate and teachers could do something like what I do – arrange for students to receive extra credit in their following year’s class.

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May 12, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Software Makes Text Easier To “Read”


A Better Way to Read is the headline of an intriguing new article in The Atlantic.

It’s about a new app/browser plugin called Beeline that supposedly makes text easier to read. You can see an example of what it does in the image at the top of this post, and see lots more at its site.

It seems like it has some potential. Some research shows that its more effective cognitively to read off paper than screens, but I wonder if this kind of “text-engineering” (that’s a term I learned during the process of writing my latest book on teaching English Language Learners) might change this equation.

Coincidentally, one of my Education Week columns appearing later this month is on this exact topic of which medium is best for reading comprehension.

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.

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