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.
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Here are this week’s choices:
Chain drawings describes an excellent class activity. It’s from The British Council.
Speaking of the British Council, check out all the interactive exercises at ESOL Nexus, which is a site aimed at adult ELLs.
Smigin Is a Foreign Language Tool That Doesn’t Make You Sound Like A Tourist is a TechCrunch post about a new app that may, or may not, be helpful to ELLs.
Knoword is a new online word game that would be accessible to Advanced English Language Learners. You can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog.
I asked this question on Twitter as my co-author, Katie Hull, and I are working on our new book on teaching ELLS. The answers we received follow. I think we’re sticking with “home language”:
What is term used most these days when discussing ELL stdnts 1st lang?home lang?heritage lang?L1? @ConorPWilliams #ELLchat @WIDAConsortium
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) July 6, 2015
@Larryferlazzo @WIDAConsortium We’re switching from “home” language back to “native” language here. Not sure if that’s keeping w/trends.
— Conor P. Williams (@ConorPWilliams) July 6, 2015
@Larryferlazzo @ConorPWilliams @WIDAConsortium 1st language or home language. #ELLCHAT
— Judie Haynes (@judiehaynes) July 6, 2015
@ConorPWilliams L1 and L2 etc still popular in NY. Used by ELL and LOTE teachers. @Larryferlazzo @WIDAConsortium
— Jenn Borgioli Binis (@JennBinis) July 6, 2015
“@Larryferlazzo: What is term used most these @ ConorPWilliams #ELLchat @WIDAConsortium” emergent bilinguals
— Donna Kleinert Ed.D. (@tanprof) July 6, 2015
Here’s an interesting graphic:
The 100 words that English learners want to hear: #elt #learnEnglish pic.twitter.com/sywqWydiw7
— Macmillan Education (@MacmillanMexico) July 2, 2015