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.
You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2016 – So Far.
Here are this week’s choices:
Using CBMs for Quick Assessment of Progress in English Language Development is a useful article by Rita Platt and John Wolfe about fluency assessments for ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Reading Fluency (Including How To Measure It).
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are great. They’re perfect for The Best Resources For Using “If This Animal Or Image Could Talk” Lesson Idea In Class.
4 ways ESSA will change how schools serve ELL students is from Education Dive. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners.
WIDA panel on English Learner (EL) programs & ESSA: opportunity, challenges & concerns is from TransAct. I’m adding it to the same list.
Lesson Plan: US Elections Explained is by Blog de Cristina. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections.
What’s in a Name in an ESL Class, and other resources on the theme of Names is from Lesley’s blog. I’m adding it to The Best Places For Students To Learn About…Their Names.
22 fascinating maps that show how Americans speak English differently across the US is from Business Insider. I’m adding it to The Best “Language Maps”
How do we help students record new vocabulary? #ELTchat summary 05/10/2016 is from…ELTchat. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.
Public School Teachers of ELs: A Look at the Legal Requirements is by Judie Haynes.
New York City ELL Study Offers Glimpse into National English-Learner Trends is from Education Week. I don’t think ELL teachers will find anything they didn’t know already, but it’s worth scanning.
“CommonLit” Now Lets Teachers Create Free Virtual Classrooms was a piece I posted last month. Now, they’ve announced some great additions for ELLs, including having texts read aloud and providing translation.
Closing the Language Skills Gap Among Children is from The Dana Foundation.
Prof @skrashen, this diagram shows tchrs how to scaffold comprehensible input to encourage comprehensible output in ELs. Thx for ur research pic.twitter.com/MZtDRWFZMA
— Tan Huynh (@TanELLclassroom) October 21, 2016
This is a CLASSIC read about how to integrate ELLs’ identities in the classroom! https://t.co/eL38QhZO50 pic.twitter.com/2RI1yLbr9d
— Sarah Ottow (@SarahOttow) October 20, 2016
I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Sites For Learning Strategies To Teach ELL’s In Content Classes:
Social Studies Instruction for #ELLs: Strategies, Videos, and More! | https://t.co/PqPPlsgdxD #ELL #SocialStudies
— Colorín Colorado (@ColorinColorado) October 20, 2016
I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners:
#Math Instruction for ELLs: Strategies and More! | https://t.co/uR1PO7iKyl #ELL #ELLchat pic.twitter.com/mBw08kI0f4
— Colorín Colorado (@ColorinColorado) October 18, 2016
This tweet is go to The Best Resources For Adapting Your Textbook So It Doesn’t Bore Students To Death:
Strategy: Teaching ELLs to Navigate Textbooks Effectively | https://t.co/xaNndzleh5 #ELL #ELLChat pic.twitter.com/87oByFFg07
— Colorín Colorado (@ColorinColorado) October 17, 2016
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