Four 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 – Part Two
Here are this week’s choices:
StoryWorld is a new site that has about forty bilingual stories (English/Spanish or English/Chinese) with audio support for the text. Teachers can easily create virtual classrooms. You can get a thirty-day free trial (no credit card number required). Then, it costs $69 per year for a classroom. I think it might be particularly useful for my Spanish-speaking students who are not literate in their home language. I’m going to try it out this month and see. I’m also adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress and The Best Online Resources For Teachers of Pre-Literate ELL’s & Those Not Literate In Their Home Language.
I’ve previously written a lot about The Teaching English British Council Facebook page. I can’t say enough about it – it’s just about the most useful site on the web for teachers of ELLs. In addition to being useful for ELL teachers, though, they’ve also begun to share helpful materials for teachers of anybody. I’d encourage you to become a regular visitor if you aren’t already.
English Australia Journal is a treasure trove of ideas for teaching English Language Learners.
IATEFL and TESOL are the two major international organizations for teachers of English Language Learners. IATEFL Glasgow 2017: In sum is a post by Sandy Millin that includes lots of posts and videos from the recent IATEFL conference.
Doing and Talking Science: A Teacher’s Guide to Meaning-Making with English Learners is from WIDA. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching The Next Generation Science Standards To English Language Learners.
District Pays Out $150K to Settle Immigrant’s Discrimination Lawsuit is from Education Week.
The Backseat Linguist has a nice commentary on a recent study about phonics. It raises important questions, especially in light of some who claim the study prove phonics is the way to go. Personally, I’m a believer and practitioner in teaching phonics inductively – not in the mind-numbing way it’s often taught. You can see more at The Best Articles & Sites For Teachers & Students To Learn About Phonics.
You’ll want to read A Newcomer’s Journey by ELL teacher Astrid Emily Francis.
ELT Base has a lot of useful English-teaching and learning resources.
Here are two new studies on English Language Learners of not particularly useful value (in my opinion, at least), but it’s at least worth knowing about them:
Improving English-language learners’ content knowledge and comprehension
Are two commonly used early warning indicators accurate predictors of dropout for English learner students? Evidence from six districts in Washington state
I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources On Providing Scaffolds To Students:
3 types of #scaffolding for all SS. #ellchat #chatesl #ellchat_bkclub #ell #educhat #teachchat #WIDA #k12 #ESOL https://t.co/lV9u7UofxD pic.twitter.com/cJSKjPlTyK
— Tan Huynh (@TanELLclassroom) April 15, 2017
This is a simple, but brilliant, game. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom:
Ss loved this vocabulary game! Roll the 🎲to determine which word to use. 11 and 12 means you have to pick 2 words to use together. pic.twitter.com/fuxIgQEnSn
— Katie Toppel, Ed.D. (@Toppel_ELD) April 13, 2017
I am completely hooked on the true stories Emily Francis is telling us through her new blog. I will be using these for shared reading with my newcomers. Her story is inspiring. It is exactly the type of text I want my SIFE & immigrant students to hear. Stories of people who have overcome challenges are the types of text that create a compelling desire for reading. Thanks for this feature, Larry. You do a fantastic job of gathering the best of the best for us.
Hi, Carol, I agree about Emily’s stories!
I love your site and all of your ideas etc. I was amazed and happy to discover that you are from ‘the island’!!! Me too!!