HAPPY RAMADHAN [Mobarak Alaikom Al Shahar]
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Ramadan is a month-long observance by Muslims.  The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, so it changes in relation to the Gregorian calendar.  In 2017, Ramadan begins on May 26th and ends on June 25th.. You can find the dates for future years here.

I thought a “The Best…” list would be useful to share resources on this observance that would be accessible to English Language Learners.

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Here are my choices for The Best Sites To Teach and Learn About Ramadan (and are accessible to English Language Learners):

The CBBC Newsround has a very accessible explanation of the month.

The History Channel has an extensive site on Ramadan, including multimedia.

Learn English, Feel Good has a cloze (fill-in-the-gap) exercise on the month..

Observing Ramadan is the title of the Boston Globe’s series of photos from its “Big Picture” feature.

How Ramadan Works comes from How Stuff Works.

The BBC has a slideshow on Ramadan: Worldwide.

The New York Times has a slideshow on Ramadan Begins In Jerusalem.

The Boston Globe’s Big Picture blog has  published a series of photos title Ramadan 2009.

“KiddyHouse” has a simple guide to Ramadan

Ramadan around the world is a slideshow from the Guardian.

Here is a great collection of photos from The Boston Globe’s Big Picture about Ramadan 2010.

“Ramadan At The World’s Largest Restaurant” is a video from The Wall Street Journal. This is how they describe it:

Ramadan is a brisk period for restaurants all over the Islamic world, especially at the world’s largest restaurant in Damascus.

Ramadan 2010 — Your Images comes from The Big Picture.

Ramadan Starts For Quarter Of The World is a lesson for English Language Learners.

Ramadan 2011 comes from The Boston Globe.

Ramadan – Online Exercises, Games, and Printable Worksheets comes from ESOL Courses.

Ramadan 2012 begins is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.

Ramadan 2012 is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.

Photos Of Ramadan 2013 is from The Atlantic.

Ramadan 2013 begins is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.

The Muslim World Commemorates Eid al-Fitr is a slideshow from TIME.

Ramadan: A centuries-old American tradition is from Al Jazeera.

9 Questions You Were Too Embarrassed To Ask About Ramadan is from BuzzFeed.

Ramadan Chant is from The British Council.

The BBC has a good interactive on Ramadan.

Why Ramadan Starts on a Different Day Every Year is from TIME.

Ramadan 2016: 9 questions about the Muslim holy month you were too embarrassed to ask is from Vox.

Images of Ramadan 2016 is from The Atlantic.

In search of the Ramadan moon is an interactive from Al Jazeera.

Ramadan Is Here. What Islam’s Holiest Month Is About. is from The New York Times.

In Consideration of Ramadan is from Teaching Tolerance.

Mecca Goes Mega is from The New York Times.

The Right Way to Observe Ramadan appeared in The New York Times.

Three lesson ideas for teaching your class about Eid al-Fitr is from The Guardian.

More Scenes from Ramadan 2016 is from The Atlantic.

How teachers can support students during Ramadan is by Rusul Alrubail.

Why Ramadan is called Ramadan is from Quartz.


PHOTOS: Here’s How Muslims Worldwide Are Celebrating Ramadan’s End is from NPR.

Ramadan 2017 in the USA is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.

Your Complete Guide to Ramadan, Including the Proper Greeting and When It Starts is from TIME.

Images From Ramadan 2018 is from The Atlantic.

Ramadan Begins is a lesson from the British Council.

Ramadan Considerations for Teachers During Distance Learning is from Teaching While Muslim.

Assuring Muslim Students COVID-19 Won’t Dim the Ramadan Lights is by Sarah Said.

Ramadan 2020 is from The Atlantic.

Ramadan Before the Pandemic is from The Atlantic.

Sharing the Meaning of Ramadan With Students is from Edutopia.

I’d certainly be interested in hearing other suggestions, so please feel free to leave them in the comments section.

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