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:

Songs and Activities for English Language Learners is a new and useful website full of resources. I’m adding it to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

Simple Tenses is a well-done infographic. I’m adding it to The Best Web Tools For Teaching Irregular Verbs & Verb Tenses.

Prince George’s NAACP opposes schools for English-language learners is from The Washington Post. I have some sympathy for their position. I can see how putting most ELLs in one school can allow other schools to “get off the hook” of stepping-up and engaging ELLS in their communities. In that case, everybody loses, because having ELLS in a school can make everybody better.

The Power of Collaboration and Active Engagement for ELs is by Judie Haynes. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas.

Here are two interesting posts from Education Week about how the recent radical change to school funding here in California (lower-income schools be be receiving significantly more funds) might affect English Language Learners:

Will Local Control Funding Help English Learners? The Verdict Is Still Out.

A New Tool for Effectively Educating English Learners

Though I’m not particularly convinced that Common Core is a boon for English Language Learners, here are a couple of posts that suggest otherwise. I’m adding them both to The Best Resources For Learning About Common Core Standards & English Language Learners (they’re both from the Hechinger Report):

Common Core can help English learners in California, new study says

What urban districts need to know to get their English language learners up to Common Core standards

Using art in the classroom is a nice lesson plan from ELT-Cation.

TEFL Reflections has compiled a very useful list of links for teachers.