'HEC-US Embassy English Language workshop' photo (c) 2012, U.S. Embassy Pakistan - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

I’ve started a somewhat 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:

English Agenda is a site from the British Council which offers a wealth of language-teaching research and online professional development. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research and to The Best Places For ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers To Get Online Professional Development.

ESL and Classroom Teachers Team Up to Teach Common Core is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Common Core Standards & English Language Learners.

Implementing the Common Core for English Learners: Responses to Common Questions is from The Center For Applied Linguistics. I’m adding it to the same list.

ESL Teachers, Academic Language, and the Common-Core Standards is from Ed Week, and I’m also adding it to the same list.

Skills Practice | Using Storyboards to Inspire Close Reading is from The New York Times Learning Network, and shares a reading strategy that I think would be particularly useful to ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On “Close Reading.”

Teaching English at the British Council features a “blog post of the month” from English teachers throughout the world. It’s a great collection.

Focus on portfolios: 4 advantages of alternative assessment is by Adam Simpson. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.

Only 10 Words Make Up 25% Of The English Language is from Business Insider.

How hard is English? How weird? is from The Economist.

The history of the English language in 100 places is from The Telegraph.

How to teach English to a former rebel army is a fascinating article from The British Council.

Maximising Learning in Large Classes and Teaching Large Classes are both from The British Council. I’m adding them to The Best Resources On Teaching Multilevel ESL/EFL Classes.

I’m adding this video to the same list:

Common Core Ratchets Up Language Demands for English-Learners is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary.

10 video clips that will help you to enter the world of Dogme ELT is from Adam Simpson.