Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

November 11, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Do You Know Of Videos Showing Teachers In Mainstream Classes Scaffolding For ELLs?


As regular readers know, I crazily agreed this semester to teach a a class of teacher credential candidates at Sacramento State University.

It’s more challenging than I had anticipated.

I’d like to ask readers for help….

There are a lot of videos out there showing educators teaching entire classes of English Language Learners (see The Best Online Videos Showing ESL/EFL Teachers In The Classroom).

But I’m having a very hard time finding clips demonstrating teachers in mainstream classes that include a few ELLs which, arguably, will be the situation for most credential candidates.

Any suggestions?

November 10, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Breakthrough Junior College” Highlights Science Videos By Students (That I Don’t Understand)


Breakthrough Junior College is financed by tech billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin.

One of its projects has been a contest for high school students to create videos explaining important scientific concepts.

You can see all the finalists here.

I don’t understand what practically all of them are talking about excerpt, perhaps, for the one embedded below on fireworks.

The Washington Post wrote an article about the grand prize winner headlined This high school student just won $250,000 for his film explaining Einstein’s theory of relativity.

I’ve embedded his video below, too, and am adding it to The Best “Theory Of Relativity” Videos (This month is the one-hundredth anniversary of The Theory of Relativity, so there are lots of videos being made about it).

November 8, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Treasure Chest Of Education Videos From Stanford


To celebrate its 125th Anniversary, Stanford hosted a symposium on education and videotaped many of the presentations.

Here are a few of the most useful ones:

Nobel Prize winner Carl Wieman talks about active learning in this video. You can read the contribution he made to my Education Week Teacher column at A Nobel Laureate Writes About Becoming A “Science Coach.” I’m adding it to The Best Research Demonstrating That Lectures Are Not The Best Instructional Strategy.

Travis Bristol “talks about the role of gender in the classroom and the ways to engage boys in the school environment.” You can read his contributions to my Ed Week column at The Teachers of Color ‘Disappearance Crisis’ and Strategies for Recruiting Teachers of Color . I’m adding it to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

Carol Dweck talks about a growth mindset. You can read her contribution to my Ed Week column at Classroom Strategies to Foster a Growth Mindset. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

Linda Darling-Hammond “speaks about the need for educators to teach students teamwork, problem-solving and communication skills to prepare them for a rapidly changing future.”

November 7, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Student Videos Illustrating Fallacies

One assignment I learned about at my original IB Theory of Knowledge training was having groups of students invent a classroom appropriate product and have them create a short commercial four of the fallacies that we have studied. I have each group show their video, and then they call on people to identify the fallacies used in it.

Here’s an example of one from this year:

Fallacy Video – Tape

I’m adding it to The Best Multimedia Resources For Learning About Fallacies — Help Me Find More.

November 7, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Two 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 2015 – So Far and The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:.

The Effects of Changing Test-Based Policies for Reclassifying English Learners is an important research paper on the dangers of reclassifying ELLs (in other words, not providing extra support any longer to them).

Coincidentally, The Council of Chief State School Officers (the organization behind the creation of the Common Core Standards) has released recommendations on how states and school districts should reclassify English-language learners. You can read all about it at Ed Week.

California adopts materials for new English learner approach is from Education Week. The Sacramento County Office of Education has also published accessible summaries of the new California ELD Framework.

Adam Simpson has written a useful academic paper titled THE CHARACTERISTIC OF AN EXEMPLARY TEACHER: WHAT ARE THEY?

How Dual Language Learning Could Help Curb Education Inequality is from Texas Public Radio.

Teaching Unplugged is from The British Council.

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Sites To Teach ELL’s About Libraries:

John Lewis, which is some kind of UK-based company, makes a Christmas video every year. They are typically sweet story-telling ones that are ideal for English Language Learners to watch and then write and talk about what they saw. They just released their 2015 version and, though I don’t think it’s one of their best, it can still be a useful one for ELLs:

November 7, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

AP “Virtual Reality” Video: “Seeking Home: Life inside the Calais Migrant Camp”

This is an interesting, and sad, 360 degree video from The Associated Press. Here’s how they describe it:

This 360-degree, virtual reality video documents the camp in northern France where migrants and refugees hope to make it across the English channel to start a new life in the United Kingdom.

And, speaking of virtual reality, The New York Times has their own virtual reality story on refugees: The Displaced: Introduction.

I’m adding both to The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day.