Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 17, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Collection Of Useful Lesson Plans From The Peace Corps


The Peace Corps has a nice collection of lesson plans for all subjects — they’re not about the Peace Corps, but are lesson plans they and their volunteers developed for teaching around the world.

I wouldn’t say they’re the most sophisticated ones around, but many seem to offer some interesting perspectives you won’t find elsewhere. Because of that “freshness,” I’m adding it to The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet.

Speaking of the Peace Corps, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — they have published two of what I think are the best guides for teaching English Language Learners classes, and they’re both free: TEFL/TESL: Teaching English As a Foreign or Second Languageand Teaching English As A Foreign Language To Large, Multi-Level Classes.

April 15, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Ways To Use Stephen Curry & The Warriors For Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills


As regular readers know, I’m a big Golden State Warriors fan and regularly visualize myself as Stephen Curry when I’m often shooting three-pointers when I’m playing (unfortunately, the percentage of my shots that actually go in is far, far lower than Curry’s :) ).

Today, Doug Lemov spotted and shared this great “Growth Mindset” headline and article from The Washington Post, and that got me thinking it might be useful to bring all my previous posts about the Warriors and SEL skills together in one “Best” list:


Here are links to my previous posts (you also might be interested in The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources :

Check out my student interactive for English Language Learners at the New York Times Learning Network uses basketball superstar Stephen Curry to teach about similes (and the importance of practice).

“Control Your Destiny”: Positive Self-Talk, Students & Stephen Curry

The Golden State Warriors & Social Emotional Learning

Excellent Examples Of Deliberate Practice To Use With Students

Here’s A Stephen Curry Quote Teachers Can Use With Their Students!

I’m sure there will be more!

Go, Warriors!

April 15, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Here Are All Tweets From First Week Of Our #NavCCELL Chat On Our New ELL Book


Our book is coming out on Monday, and we’re sharing excerpts from it during two weeks on Twitter, along with inviting comments and answering questions.

We’ve just completed the first week of the #NavCCELL Twitter chat. Here is a collection of them. We’ll begin sharing new tweets later today.

April 14, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Big Learners” Has Tons Of Free Student Hand-outs Useful For ELLs


Reader Susan recommended I check-out the Big Learners site, and I’m glad she did. It has thousands of worksheets for elementary grades that you can print-out for free with no registration required.

The English ones I looked at seemed pretty decent and could certainly be used with Beginning and Low-Intermediate English Language Learners to reinforce concepts that have been initially taught in more engaging ways.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Free ESL/EFL Hand-Outs & Worksheets.

April 14, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: “Active Learning” In Science (& Other!) Classrooms

NPR has just published a story on Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman’s efforts to get universities to use “active learning,” instead of lectures, in their classrooms. It’s headlined A Nobel Laureate’s Education Plea: Revolutionize Teaching.

I’ve previously posted a lot about Professon Wieman’s work (you can read and see those videos here) and he even wrote a guest post for my Education Week Teacher column, A Nobel Laureate Writes About Becoming A “Science Coach.”

Here’s an excerpt from the NPR piece:


April 13, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Helping English-Learners Meet the Common-Core’s Speaking & Listening Standards”


Helping English-Learners Meet the Common-Core’s Speaking and Listening Standards is the latest excerpt from our new book, Navigating The Common Core With English Language Learners.

It appears in Education Week.

Look for Part Two next week, and our Webinar there the following week.

April 12, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“The New Yorker” Releases New App & All Content Is Free (For Now)


The New Yorker, just about my favorite magazine (hard copy or digital), today released a new free iPhone app they call The New Yorker Today.

What’s the big deal, you might ask?

Here’s why:

It offers a fast, simple way to get everything that The New Yorker produces—the magazine, the Web site, the videos, and the podcasts. The stories in the main feed are selected by our editors, and it’s updated constantly. The app is available right now on iPhones, and everything, for a while at least, is free.

Did you notice that last word? Free.

I’ve been a subscriber for years, but it isn’t cheap.  So the new app might be the next best thing for anyone who doesn’t want to fork over the dough for a full subscription…

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