Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 11, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “Immigrants In Our Community Are A Gift”

Gail Desler – with the support of educators and students – has organized the fabulous Time Of Remembrance website documenting Japanese-American internment in World War Two, along with the Vietnam War.

Because of my work with Hmong refugees, I was honored to received an invitation to be interviewed as part of the project.

The full video is thirty-six minutes along. ELL teachers might find it useful, since I discuss a wide-ranging list of issues, including the importance of looking at our students through the eyes of assets and not deficits, inductive learning, concept attainment, parent engagement, professional development and many other items of possible interest.

If you go to the video at the Time of Remembrance website, it has an outline and summary of what’s covered in different sections of the video.

I’ve embedded the full video below. In addition, I’ve also embedded a short clip that Time Of Remembrance has created from the original full-length video:

February 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: New Bill Nye Show Begins In April

Bill Nye Saves The World is a new show airing on Netflix. Here’s how they describe it:

Bill Nye – science guy, educator, mechanical engineer, and curator of curiosity – returns with a new show. Each episode of Bill Nye Saves the World tackles a specific topic or concept through lively panel discussions, wide-ranging correspondent reports from a crackerjack team, and Bill’s very special blend of lab procedure and sly personality.

February 5, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Entire “Uncut” 84 Lumber “Journey” Super Bowl Commercial (That Will Be Shown In Many ELL Classes Tomorrow)

If you watched the Super Bowl today, as most of us did, you saw 84 Lumber’s commercial that Fox forced to be re-cut.

Here’s the original version, and you can read more about the controversy at The Washington Post article, Company forced to re-tool Super Bowl ad rejected for depicting Trump’s border wall.

The company’s actual site for the video is off-line (at the time of this post), presumably because of massive traffic.

At the very least, teachers can show the video to ELLs and have them write and describe what they saw. I definitely plan on doing that with students. In addition, many of my Beginners are now reaching the stage where they can begin to learn reading strategies. So I think this might be an opportune time to teach “making a connection” and the sentence starter “This makes me remember.” Of course, it might bring up strong emotions for some, so I’m going to play it by ear.

What are your suggestions?

February 5, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Nice Video For ELLs: Cooperating Cats

Here’s another nice video for ELLs to write and talk about what happened. Watch for the switch!

You might also be interested in The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 – Part Two.

I’m also adding it to The Best Resources For Using “If This Animal Or Image Could Talk” Lesson Idea In Class.

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