Six 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.
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Here are this week’s choices:
Sound Grammar provides lots of free videos, along with student handouts, on grammar. It seems to be a newer site (at least to me!) created by the same people behind ELLO, which has been an excellent site ELL site for many years. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Grammar Practice. By the way, I’ve just completely revised and updated that “Best” list.
Cool English has a number of nice student interactives. I’m adding it to the same list.
Teacher Tools has been getting some “buzz” these days as a nice site for ELL teachers and students.
California Bill Would Redefine Dual Language Learners is from Language Magazine.
The NY Times has a number of online word games. They’re too challenging for ELLs, but one idea I have is using the concepts to have students create paper versions for their classmates to play (though I’d love to hear if you know of tools that could be used to make ones online). They’d also be easy enough for me to create them. The two that caught my attention were Spelling Bee and Letter-Boxed. I’m adding this info to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.
Speaking of potential games, Jimmy Fallon uses several great ones on his show that I have adapted for my classroom, and you can see those on that “Best” list. A newer one is called Face-Off (I’ve embedded a video of it below) and I don’t think it’s one of his better ones. However, I am wondering if it hold some potential for an ELL classroom. It would obviously be great if you are teaching “feelings,” but I’m not sure if it could be used for other topics?
Creating Interactive Stories With Twine is from TESOL. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories.
Story cubes: ideas and resources is from On The Same Page.
I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Resources For Using “If This Animal Or Image Could Talk” Lesson Idea In Class:
A photographer was lying on his back to shoot a picture of the ceiling when he was approached by curious pigeons.🤩 pic.twitter.com/Rjpsu56XuI
— Scottie (@sreece76) April 14, 2021
💥#ELLs need opportunities to💡CREATE💡It's fun, it builds their self-esteem, increases motivation, & literacy learning. @michelleshory & I compiled a list of💻tools your kids could use when working on projects. @NewcomerAcademy #ELL2point0
— Irina McGrath, Ph.D. (@irina_mcgrath) April 13, 2021
This is an amazing video, one that ELLS could watch and then describe what they saw: