I usually only post this feature once each week. However, I forgot to include some resources a couple of days ago and thought I’d share them sooner rather than later.
Five 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 2017 – So Far. and The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – Part Two. Also, check out A Collection Of My Best Resources On Teaching English Language Learners.
In addition, look for our next book on teaching ELLs, which will be published in the Spring of 2018.
Here are this week’s choices:
Beelinguapp looks like a potentially very useful app. It shows you the text of a book/story in the target language and the home language, and reads the target language to you as both sentences are highlighted. I like the concept a lot. It’s an electronic version of what I do with my adolescent ELLs now – provide them with a high-interest book in English and another copy in their home language – they read the English version with the home language copy also open. I’ll certainly encourage my students to download the app after Winter Break. Unfortunately, though, the app’s library seems pretty limited at the moment and, though it has free “books,” it seems pretty expensive to buy new ones. Because of those limitations, I’m not ready to add it to The Best Mobile Apps For English Language Learners.
Here’s a video about the app:
I am adding English For Persians to The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites. It’s a YouTube channel, and my students say they like it. I’m basing it on their feedback, so let me know if you disagree. Here’s a video in Farsi explaining their resources:
The creators of this video say it highlights the five apps that “have been chosen by Google as the Best Language Learning Apps of 2017.” I haven’t been able to find independent confirmation that Google actually did choose them, but the video might be worth a look, nevertheless:
This looks like a potentially useful reading strategy for ELLs:
— Patricia (@TeacherPrepTech) December 26, 2017