Another day, another end-of-year “The Best…” list…..
I’m adding this post to All My 2016 “Best” Lists In One Place.
Ordinarily, I also publish a separate list for ELL students, but just didn’t have it in me to do that this month. You can see links to all those past posts at The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – Part Two. I’ve included resources that I would ordinarily put in that list in this post, instead.
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Here are my choices for The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2016 – Part Two:
EFL Talks has lots of useful videos for ELL teachers. I’m adding it to The Best Places For ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers To Get Online Professional Development.
Ask Answer Add – A Speaking Activity to Help Learners Maintain a Natural Conversation is a great strategy to get students talking. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.
Bilingual education is making a comeback in California. But some educators say the fight is just beginning is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California.
Special Education and English Language Learners is from Colorin Colorado. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Assisting ELLs With Special Needs – Help Me Find More.
10 Assumptions to Rethink About English-Language Learners is by Anabel Gonzalez and appeared in Ed Week.
How We Teach English Learners: 3 Basic Approaches is from NPR.
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).
“CommonLit” Now Lets Teachers Create Free Virtual Classroomswas a piece I posted last month. Now, they’ve announced some great additions for ELLs, including having texts read aloud and providing translation.
Many Reclassified ELLs Still Need English-Language Support, Study Finds is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Ins & Outs Of Reclassifying ELLs.
ESSA’s impact on English Language Learners: What we know so far is from ELLevation. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners.
Teach ELLs to Deconstruct Writing Prompts is by Tan Huynh.
Teachers Should Have Say on When Students Exit ELL Status, Guidance Argues is an Education Week article about a new report from the Council of Chief State School Officers. If offers good, common sense advice, which means (according to my cynical side) that many districts won’t follow it. I’m adding it The Best Resources For Learning About The Ins & Outs Of Reclassifying ELLs.
Lessonpick is a new resource site for ELL lesson plans.
Spelling races with mini-whiteboards is from ELT Planning. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.
10 Characteristics of Highly Effective EF/SL Teachers is from TESOL.
The Supporting English Language Learners page at Learn Alberta is a treasure trove of resources. I’m adding their Writing Samples page to The Best Websites For K-12 Writing Instruction/Reinforcement. Kindergarten to Grade 12 English as a Second Language Literature Review Update (up to 2009) is also from that site, and I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research.
The Seven Best Short Animated Films for the Language Classroomis from Kieran Donaghy. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.
Six Ways I Use Mini Whiteboards in the Classroom is by “AnthonyTeacher.”
Getting Student Feedback is from Anthony Teacher. It talks about an interesting Say/Does reading strategy. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On “Close Reading” — Help Me Find More.
My favourite end of term activities is from Lesson Plans Digger. I’m adding it to What Do You Do On The Last Day Of Class (Part Two)?
This tweet leads to a great collection! I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom:
— TeachingEnglish (@TeachingEnglish) November 11, 2016
ELD Teacher Carol Salva has created this excellent video for volunteers working with ELLs. I’m having my student peer tutors watch it! Thanks to Tan Huynh for the tip.
7 Tips to Implement Culturally Responsive Teaching is geared specifically for ELLs. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!
Learn a New Lingo While Doing Something Else is the headline of an article in Scientific American today about a new study. It basically says that you’ll improve your new language skills just by having the audio in the background even if you’re not explicitly listening.
Tube Wizard is an intriguing site that automatically creates multiple listening quizzes from subtitled YouTube videos. I don’t think it will be useful in many U.S. public schools because Web content filters would block many of the videos, but it could be very helpful for home practice and in adult schools. I’m adding it to The Best YouTube Channels For Learning English. You might also want to read a post by Olya Sergeeva which explains the site in more detail.
1 WORKSHEET – 10 GAMES is by SVETLANA KANDYBOVICH. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.
Overlooked elements of language and literature play a key role is the headline of an article about what seems to me a fairly arcane study.
However, this statistic jumped out at me:
It seems to me that this kind of info would be heartening news for anyone learning a new language, including English!