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 2018 – 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 new book on teaching ELLs, which was published in the Spring of 2018.
Here are this week’s choices:
I previously posted “En.News” Looks Like A Good Site For Intermediate ELLs To Learn About Vocabulary & Current Events. I’ve now learned that teachers can create free virtual classrooms to monitor student progress at the site. Just go here to register. I’m adding this info to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress.
CaptionCat shares a new photo everyday and then people can contribute…captions. Some on the site may be off-color, but the photos can be used by teachers. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.
Getting It Right:Reference Guides for Registering Students with Non-English Names, 2nd Edition is from The Institute of Education Sciences. Thanks to Katie Toppel on Twitter. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Importance Of Correctly Pronouncing Student Names. The first edition is already on that list, but this new addition is….new.
New FreeBIE Resource: English Learner Scaffolds for PBL is from The Buck Institute. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas.
You’ll want to check out this Master Plan for ELLs from the LA Unified School District. Diane Staehr Fenner helped create it.
A Tool to Help Support Districts’ Efforts to Assess their English Learner Program is from Education Northwest.
How to Improve Your Business English is from The Harvard Business Review.
Google Geo Tools : Virtual Reality in the Language Classroom is from the FLT Mag. I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education.
A handbook for exploratory action research is from The British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Teacher Action Research – Help Me Find More.
100 Top Youtube Videos For Teaching English is from David Deubelbeiss. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.
This next tweet would be good to show ELLs and then have them write and talk about what they saw:
Bird goes nuts over bouncing the golf ball on the concrete! 😂 pic.twitter.com/NVayXAVk0Y
— Nature is Amazing 🌴 (@AMAZlNGNATURE) July 7, 2018
I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters — Help Me Find More , and students would do the same thing:
Smart duck 😂😂pic.twitter.com/3HHZDHl3Mw
— Nature is Amazing 🌴 (@AMAZlNGNATURE) July 6, 2018
While we are gathering material, I thought I’d share two resources I send to my staff to help understand modificaitons vs accommodations: https://t.co/chGryMxjnl AND https://t.co/JSjjxuNzZK #virtuEL18 #PLN #ELLChat_BkClub
— 𝕁𝕖𝕤𝕤 𝔹𝕖𝕝𝕝 (@jessbell79) July 7, 2018
I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Learning About The Terrible Practice Of Separating Immigrant Parents From Their Children:
There are schools inside the shelters and detention centers housing migrant children. With more kids staying longer, their job is getting a lot harder. Here’s what some of them are like, with @mannyNYT https://t.co/cOzvgPM5dw
— Dana Goldstein (@DanaGoldstein) July 6, 2018