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 2019 – PART ONE and THE BEST RESOURCES, ARTICLES & BLOG POSTS FOR TEACHERS OF ELLS IN 2019 – PART TWO.
In addition, look for our new book on teaching ELLs, which was published in the Spring of 2018 and learn about our next book.
Here are this week’s choices:
The Patchy Landscape of State English Learner Policies under ESSA is from The Migration Policy Institute. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners.
This is from Timothy Shanahan’s blog post Why Following the Simple View May Not Be Such a Good Idea:
The one exception to this is with second language learners (August & Shanahan, 2008). If you don’t know English, that is a definite inhibitor of English reading comprehension. Building the oral English of English Learners can make a big difference in their reading comprehension and that should definitely be happening in school. Claude Goldenberg’s work shows that the informal development of conversational English is not enough to enable these students to do well in reading academic materials.
Teaching the Challenging but Essential Academic Writing Skill of Paraphrasing is from EFL Magazine. I’m adding it to I’ve Found These Decent Online Exercises To Teach Paraphrasing – Can You Suggest More?
Professional Development for Teachers of English Learners: The Internationals Approach is from New America. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.
The Spring, 2020 issue of The American Educator is filled with important ELL-related articles:
The Professional Educator: Teaching Students with Interrupted Formal Education. I’m adding it to The Best Online Resources For Teachers of Pre-Literate ELL’s & Those Not Literate In Their Home Language.
Students with Interrupted Formal Education. I’m adding it to the same list.
Episode 68 of the #BoostingAchievement #ESL podcast just dropped! Check it out here: https://t.co/UTPXZFbXbP 🎙️
So happy to share this conversation about #Phonics. @Mr_J_Mayer is my guest and a wealth of knowledge on the subject. #ELLs #SLIFE #SIFE #newcomers #Ellchat pic.twitter.com/gG6azgAvnf
— Carol Salva (@MsSalvac) March 14, 2020
This is a great example of “engineering the text,” which I briefly discuss here:
Adapted texts does not have to be watered down! Nope! 🙅🏻♀️Thx to my wonderful friend @cjnguyen10 for sharing this excellent example. #ESL #ELLs #ELLchat #SeidlitzEdChat #TESOL #ESOL https://t.co/btSOQWW5Ab
— 🌍 ναℓєηтιηα gσηzαℓєz (@ValentinaESL) March 12, 2020