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:
Learning English Voice Of America has seemed to up its video game recently. For years, their videos seemed to be designed by people who seemed to be competing to see who could make the process of learning English seem the most boring. However, they now have much more professionally produced videos.
Let’s Learn English, I think, is the most intriguing feature in their new collection. It’s an online video course with a story line and interactive quizzes for ELLs. It reminds me of Annenberg’s Connect With English, and I am adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them).
Speaking Of VOA, they also have a special feature for ELLs on The Making Of The Constitution. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The Constitution Of The United States.
American English at The U.S. Department of State has an annual competition where people can contribute board game templates to help learn English. You can see and download the winners here. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Download Free ESL Board Game Templates, which I’ve just revised and updated.
These illustrations show that there are two kinds of people in the world is a very interesting and useful resource if you’re teaching ELLs how to write compare and contrast essays. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching/Learning About How To Write Compare/Contrast Essays.
‘Makerspaces’ for science instruction also proving helpful for English learners is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching The Next Generation Science Standards To English Language Learners.
At a School of Immigrants, Challenges Reach Far Beyond the Classroom is from The New York Times.
College Board to Offer More Accommodations for Students With Disabilities, ELLs is from Ed Week.
I’m not really sure why this study is news or a surprise to anybody: ELLs Who Master English Early More Likely to Graduate On Time, Study Finds is from Ed Week.
Conn. District Set Up Enrollment Barriers for Families With Limited English is from Ed Week.
Almost all students here are refugees — and they speak 16 uncommon languages. How this school makes it work. is from The Washington Post.
I’m adding these two tweets (my first one is commenting on the second one) to The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits:
having teachers brainstorm asset-based language they could use with students would be a good exercise for everyone https://t.co/VVnbV0QzXC
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) December 1, 2016
@WIDAConsortium Asset-based language lists created by IL educators in a Formative Language Assessment workshop. #wida pic.twitter.com/OfbZAYoJXi
— Amy King (@widakamy) December 1, 2016