I learned about this next site from David Deubelbeiss at EFL Classroom 2.0. As I’ve mentioned many times before, if you’re teaching English Language Learners you should definitely join EFL Classroom 2.0. It’s free and easy to do so.
David described the site best so I’m just going to quote from what he wrote:
My own books is a fantastic site for fostering reading skills and thus, English language acquisition. It was created by Anne Pemberton, a retired Special Ed. teacher and she has done a marvelous job.
Students simply chose a story they want to read. Then, they put in their own name and BINGO! The story is all about them! You can print or read on the screen with pictures to support comprehension. Really cool and I suggest students print these out and share their stories. A great way to create a classroom , personalized library!
Thanks for mentioning Anne’s site. It is efforts like hers, by committed and passionate educators on the ground, that warrant our utmost attention. I’ve long been a cheerleader for more (or all) personalization of lesson content. Also, using more of the methods/tools of special education. I just did a series of workshops on Personalization of lessons. See the presentation and lots of materials here – http://setiteachers.ning.com/forum/topics/personalizing-your-teaching
Once again, thanks too for mentioning the fine stuff available at EFL Classroom 2.0!