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:
The English Learner Tool Kit is a new, and large, document from the U.S. Department of Education. It’s designed to “legal obligations to English Learners under civil rights laws.” You can read more about it here.
ESL Yes has lots, and I mean lots, of free resources accessible to English Language Learners, including short stories with follow-up interactives.
Super quick motivating activities: building the story is from Adam Simpson. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.
Report: Immigrants come to resemble native-born Americans over time, but integration not always link is from Eureka Alert.
Study: Children With Deported, Detained Parents Face Early Educational Obstacles is from Ed Week.
Ed. Department Project to Focus on Newly Arrived English-Language Learners is from Ed Week, and says “The U.S. Education Department is developing a tool kit specifically for educators who work with immigrant English-learners who are new to the country.” I have to say that my expectations for it won’t be that high — I haven’t found DOE materials very teacher-friendly or useful.
Using news articles with ELLs is a useful article at the British Council.
As ELL Tests Move Online, Educators Hope for Better Gauge of Skills is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.
I really like David Deubelbeiss’ weekly free Flipboard magazine on Education, Teaching and Language.
Immigrant surge slows, but challenges remain for schools is from District Administration.
I’m adding this tweet to The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners:
Using Online Resources for Listening and Speaking in the Classroom #ELTchat Summary 23/09/2015: #ELTc… http://t.co/cTjJBRlVEe #eltchat
— MarisaConstantinides (@Marisa_C) September 26, 2015