Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

November 7, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2017 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

I like this reading log created by Ekuwah Moses. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them.

Station Learning Engages High School English Students is by Starr Sackstein. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Planning “Learning Stations” – Please Add More.

Digital Literacy is from Teaching Tolerance. I’m adding it to The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More.

Let’s make our thinking visible! is a post from Oxford University Press teaching blog, and talks about Visible Thinking Routines.

Speeches of Note shares transcripts and, where available, videos of important speeches. Thanks to Jim Burke for the tip.

Free Open-Source Curriculum Materials has been released by New Visions For Public Schools. You have to click on lots of links before you get to some decent usable materials, but it might be worth a look.

November 6, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Excellent New Online Activities To Prep For Citizenship Test Unveiled


USA Learns is on many “Best” lists, including The Best Online Homework Sites For English Language Learners – Please Offer Your Own Suggestions.

It’s an excellent – and free – resource with several interactive courses for different levels of English Language Learners.

They’ve just added a new feature – a course to prepare users for the U.S. Citizenship test.

Not only is it great for students who are studying for that test, but it also would be helpful to those who are in U.S. History classes.

I’m adding this particular addition to The Best Websites For Learning About Civic Participation & Citizenship.

November 5, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

New PBS News Hour Video: “How a young Syrian girl’s plea for peace drew worldwide attention”

Here’s how the News Hour describes this video:

Last year, Bana Alabed sparked a worldwide following for tweeting from Aleppo in Syria while it was under attack amid a years-long civil war. Now, the 8-year-old is authoring a book about surviving and escaping the conflict. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Marcia Biggs talked to Alabed and her mother in Ankara, Turkey, where they are living today.

Earlier this year, I shared this article about Alabed: How a 7-year-old Aleppo girl on Twitter became our era’s Anne Frank is from The Washington Post.

Because of that comparison, I’m adding this video to The Best Sites To Learn About Anne Frank.

November 3, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Interactive Map Of What Will Soon Be Largest Refugee Camp In The World


A refugee camp in Bangladesh for Rohingya Muslims will soon be the largest one in the world, and the AFP press service has released an impressive interactive map of the area.

It’s called Kutupalong: Rohingyas Hit Dead End, and is similar to interactive maps of other refugee camps found at The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Rohingya Refugee Crisis.

Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip.

November 2, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Christmas


As I shared a few months ago (see Beginning A New “Best” Series Of Interest To ELL Teachers), I’m beginning to create an updated series of “Best” lists for Beginning English Language Learners. They will ultimately replace the resources I have on my outdated website.

I’ve done quite a few so far, and you can find them all at All My Thematic “Best” Lists For Beginning ELLs – In One Place!

I’ve got a few more to go, however, and here’s the latest one – on Christmas! You can see a super-long Christmas list for every level of ELL and other students at The Best Places To Learn About Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa:

MES Games has an online Christmas vocabulary learning activity and game.

Oxford University Press has another Christmas vocabulary game.

What’s Christmas without music? The British Council has a Christmas Song.

British Council Christmas

Christmas ESL Vocabulary Memory Game – Christmas Tree Decorations

Christmas Vocabulary Memory Game for ESL

Many Christmas Activities

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