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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.


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:

Lionheart – Audio Journal might have potential for using with students. It guides you in telling a story of your choice.

Quick Draw and Art Memory and nice ideas for language learning games from Senora Chase. I’m adding them to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.

A new study has found increased ICE enforcement “was associated with decreases in average achievement for Hispanic students in English Language Arts as well as Black students in English Language Arts and math.”

Where are You From? is a lesson idea utilizing the I Am From Project. I’m adding it to The Best Places Where Students Can Tell Their – And/Or Their Families – Immigration Story.

The 100 Most Important Words in English is an interesting list.

LOOK AND DO! ONE PHOTO, LOTS OF CLASSROOM IDEAS: TOYS is from National Geographic. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

One of the most challenging problems in educational policy and practice is a Science Daily article summarizing a study about ELL assessments in science. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching The Next Generation Science Standards To English Language Learners.

Machine Learning for Translation: What’s the State of the Language Art? is from Read Write. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate & Other Forms Of Machine Translation.

The Latest In Translation Devices is from The NY Times. I’m adding it to the same list.

Prism has some interesting article from International Schools, which has high schools for newcomers around the country.

Charlala is an exceptionally creative use of tech to create a language-learning game. You can read a review of it here, and I’ve embeded one of their explanatory videos below. As creative as it is, though, it seems to me its ideas can be applied just as easily to a classroom game with students having mini-whiteboards and the teacher having a doc cam. However, I can also see the added “coolness” factor of using tech for students, and I also am open to being told I’m missing something. I’m still adding it to The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games.