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.
Here are this week’s choices:
I’ll start off with the big news that Katie Hull and I have “completed” the 120,000 word manuscript for our next book on teaching ELLs. We have to clean it up and go over it again before we actually send it to the publisher in a couple of weeks, but it’s looking good! It will be out next March and will be published by Jossey-Bass. I’ll obviously be sharing more about it in the coming months.
Make Back-to-School A Positive Experience for English Learners is by Jana Echevarria. I’m adding it to Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”
BACK TO SCHOOL! is from Svetlana Kandybovich. I’m adding it to the same list.
Twinkl looks like a fantastic site to find and/or create learning resources. I learned about it from Monika ‘Mona’ Kisala. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Free ESL/EFL Hand-Outs & Worksheets.
Google’s voice typing tech adds support for 30 more languages is from TechCrunch. I’ve sometimes used this feature with ELLs (see The New Voice Typing Feature In Google Docs Is Great – I Wonder If ELLs Can Use It For Pronunciation Practice?). But the TechCrunch got me wondering if it could be an effective tool to help students who are not literate in their home language? Obviously, it couldn’t be the primary strategy for them to develop that literacy, but it seems to me that it certainly couldn’t hurt. I’m going to give it a try with some of my students in that situation. I’m adding this info to The Best Online Resources For Teachers of Pre-Literate ELL’s & Those Not Literate In Their Home Language. If you’re wondering why an ELL teacher is concerned about this issue, check out The Best Resources Explaining Why We Need To Support The Home Language Of ELLs.
Use The Gif Lingua Reading / Writing Library is an important resource from David Deubelbeiss.
Research Aims to Bring English-Learner Data Into Focus is from Ed Week.
Don’t teach your students what to learn, teach them how to learn is from English For Asia. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Metacognition.
Urban Schools Launch Purchasing Consortium to Increase the Quality of Instructional Materials for English-Language Learners is from The Council of the Great City Schools. I’ll be interested to see how this plays out….
Refugee Students Don’t Negatively Affect the Education of Peers, Study Finds seems obvious to me, but I guess not to everyone. It’s from Ed Week.
Reading, Writing and Refugees is from The New York Times.
The Models of Co-Teaching is by Tan Huynh. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Co-Teaching With ELLs – Please Suggest More.
Eight listening-research findings every teacher should be aware of and their implications for teaching and learning is by Gianfranco Conti. I’m adding it to The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners.
10-step guide to teaching effective conversation classes is from Teach English Spain. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English. You might also be interested in Here’s A Plan For An Oral Skills Class Next Year – Please Help Make It Better!
I’ve previously posted about how our district is supporting undocumented students and their families (see Sacramento City Unified School District Launches Campaign To Assist Undocumented Students). Ed Source has published a related useful resource: What it means when a school district declares itself a ‘safe haven’ or ‘sanctuary’: a quick guide.
Voter initiative opens door to expansion of popular dual language immersion programs is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California.
Spanish-speaking teachers getting special training to meet California’s demand for more bilingual teachers is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to the same list.
— Tan Huynh (@TanELLclassroom) August 18, 2017