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:
Nik Peachey writes about a site called Corrective Feedback. It’s supposed to automatically assess and correct essays written by English Language Learners. It provides a fair number of free attempts, but then you have to purchase access. I’m very wary of these kinds of automated correction systems, as I’ve explained in The Best Posts On Computer-Graded Essays. In my experiment with Corrective Feedback, it accurately identified nine items — including, surprisingly to me, that the writer had done a good job with their introduction and their conclusion. It mis-identified one mistake, and completely missed several others.
Three Tools to Support ELL Students is by Barbara Blackburn.
Bridging Gaps For Immigrant-Origin Children is from Ed Central.
What I learned from teaching English in North Korea is from TED Talks.
Common Core tests will widen achievement gap — at first is from The Hechinger Report, and discusses accommodations the new state standardized tests will offer to ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.
Picture Books to Help ELLs Access Common Core Anchor Reading Standards is from Common Core and ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Common Core Standards & English Language Learners.
Re-imagining the grammar classics: The personalized gap fill is from Teach Them English. I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Creating Clozes (Gap-Fills).