Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 1, 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:

English Worksheets Land has a lot of free decent worksheets suitable for English reinforcement. You don’t have to register before gaining access to them. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Free ESL/EFL Hand-Outs & Worksheets.

Test Your Vocab is an online tool where learners can get a rough estimate of how many words they know in English. I think it could be a useful tool for students to periodically use to measure their progress and get re-energized when they see how much they’re making. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary. I discovered it through Nina English’s blog, which I learned about through David Deubelbeiss, founder of the great EFL Classroom 2.0.

Wendi Pillars shares what online tools she found helpful, and which ones weren’t, during her year of teaching high school English Language Learners.

US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more is from The Guardian.

Dual Language Learners Reader Post #8: What Do English-Only Laws Mean for DLLs/ELLs? is from Ed Central.

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June 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best TV/Movie Scenes Demonstrating A “Growth Mindset” – Help Me Find More

This post originally was a request for help to find clips, and now I’ve turned it into a “Best” list sharing the ones readers have recommended.

Last week, readers were very responsive to my request for help in finding TV and movie scenes that demonstrated metacognition, and you can see them all at The Best Movie/TV Scenes Demonstrating Metacognition – Help Me Find More.

Now, I’m looking for clips showing characters demonstrating a growth mindset.

I’ve got plenty of great clips and animations that explicitly explain what a growth mindset it, and you can see them at The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

But video clips from TV and the movies are obviously more engaging to students, so I’d like to have a few in the mix.

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The Best Video Clips & Full-Length Movies For Helping To Teach Persuasive Techniques (Help Me Find More)

The Best Video Clips On The Benefits Of Writing Well — Help Me Find More

The Best Video Clips & Full-Length Movies For Helping To Teach Persuasive Techniques (Help Me Find More)

The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual Or Multilingual — Part One

The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More

The Best Fun Videos To Teach Language Conventions — Help Me Find More

The Best Videos For Teaching & Learning About Figurative Language

Here are The Best TV/Movie Scenes Demonstrating A “Growth Mindset”:

Moshe Mittelman recommends this great one from Back To The Future:

Mrs. Waters suggests these first two:

Judith Dubois recommends this one:

Here’s one suggested by Reed Gillespie – I just wish it didn’t convey that the teacher would get the student “there.” Instead, I wish it conveyed more clearly that the student would get “there” more on his own – with some assistance from the “teacher.”

Here’s one that sort of relates to a growth mindset, but is more just inspirational:

Jen Marten suggests this from Meet The Robinsons:

Fred Delventhal made these recommendations:

I’d follow up that last video with this one:

Paul Sinnett says, “I like this one as it shows that you don’t always realize how much you have learned. I worry about using Star Wars because The Force is repeatedly described as something you are born with, not something you learn. It comes from a very fixed mindset perspective:

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June 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

I’m Not Quite Sure How Or Why To Use It, But This Metaphor Map Looks Really Cool


Bansi Kara shared a Guardian story from today headlined Metaphor map charts the images that structure our thinking.

It’s about a wild-looking Glasgow University project that has mapped “metaphoric connections” over the past 1,300 years (yes, that’s one thousand three hundred years).

I haven’t quite figured out how to use it, and nor have I figured out its practical purpose, but I suspect the former might have something to do with the latter.

If you have better luck, please let me know.

I’m adding this post to The Best “Language Maps.”

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June 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case


The Supreme Court has just made a terrible decision to hear the Friedrichs case which, if they rule in favor of the plaintiffs (the likely outcome) will eviscerate public employee unions, including our teachers associations.

And those are not the only ones who will be affected. As I said in a tweet earlier today:


I thought readers might find these resources on the case helpful (you might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important):

The End of Public-Employee Unions? is from The Atlantic.

Activists look to courts to weaken grip of California teachers union is from The Sacramento Bee.

What AFT members need to know about the ‘Friedrichs’ case is from The American Federation of Teachers.

Teachers ask high court to hear union dues case is from Ed Source.

Justices take up dispute over union fees is from The Associated Press.

Supreme Court to Reconsider Key Precedent on Teachers’ Union Fees is from Ed Week.

Joint Statement on Public Service Workers on Supreme Court Grant of Cert in Friedrichs v. CTA

Supreme Court to hear case challenging compulsory fees to CTA is from Ed Source.

Guest Post: Scalia May Be Critical Vote in Friedrichs v. California Teachers’ Ass’n is from “On Labor.”

Supreme Court Case Poses Threat to Teachers’ Union Financing is from Ed Week.

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June 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

New StoryCorps Animated Video On Civil Rights Struggle

Here’s how StoryCorps describes their new animated video:

When Theresa Burroughs came of voting age, she was ready to cast her ballot—but she had a long fight ahead of her. During the Jim Crow era, the board of registrars at Alabama’s Hale County Courthouse prevented African Americans from registering to vote. Undeterred, Theresa remembers venturing to the courthouse on the first and third Monday of each month, in pursuit of her right to vote.

I’m adding it to The Best Websites To Teach & Learn About African-American History.

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