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:
Multilingual Learners Faced Unique Challenges in Distance Learning. Educators Stepped Up with Innovative Solutions. is from The School Library Journal.
New leadership at the top should mean big changes for English language learners is from The Hechinger Report.
Equitable Assessment has some useful ideas for ELL assessment in math. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners.
Tips for Teaching English to Arabic-Speaking Students is from Edutopia.
SLIFE Lessons: How schools can draw on strategies designed for students with interrupted/limited formal education to help English learners in the aftermath of COVID-19 is from New America. I’m adding it to The Best Online Resources For Teachers of Pre-Literate ELL’s & Those Not Literate In Their Home Language.
20 song-based lesson plans and activities is from On The Same Page. I’m adding it to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.
Does access to a Dual Language Immersion program impact student achievement? is a study from Georgia State University.
Leerly is a new tool for learning Spanish. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning Spanish Online.
Here are some videos that ELLs could watch and then talk and write about what they saw:
As US troops hastily withdraw from Afghanistan after two decades of war, Biden faces a major moral inflection point: Will Washington save the lives of Afghans who worked with the American military? ask @RobbieGramer @JackDetsch https://t.co/3w9iPBKHWQ
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) May 20, 2021
FREE CONFERENCE: https://t.co/TempTdUQC1 Hear from those who have lived the experience of coming to America as UNACCOMPANIED MINORS . In lieu of charging for the conference, are encouraged to donate $5 or more to Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): https://t.co/LZFRywSJfF pic.twitter.com/vCPvXPJqOB
— John Seidlitz (@JohnSeidlitz) May 19, 2021
One of our ELL students demonstrated proficiency in THREE languages other than English in order to receive the Seal https://t.co/2lWBYXBrX2
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) May 19, 2021
Here’s a math diagnostic for Newcomers. I’m adding it to THE BEST RESOURCES TO HELP EDUCATORS TEACH ELL NEWCOMERS:
Just uploaded the files. 5 page PDF is the main. LaTeX is the original.https://t.co/YYQP4wszkj – click on the “diagnostic tools” link or the direct link.
— Chris Spackman / スパックマン クリス (@OsugiSakae) May 18, 2021
Pamela Broussard shared this idea on Facebook. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English. I’ve previously posted about the same idea ( THE NEW VOICE TYPING FEATURE IN GOOGLE DOCS IS GREAT – I WONDER IF ELLS CAN USE IT FOR PRONUNCIATION PRACTICE?), but Pamela explains it in a much clearer way):
A great way to practice speaking is to have students open a Google doc. Go to tools. Click to voice typing. Then have the student read something of their choice. At first, they will say it is impossible or the machine is messed up. But, if they will commit to reading it until the computer can understand it, the speaking will change dramatically. They can read NewsInLevels and pick a level that is right for them or a book of their choice. I had a student that was very smart and knew a great deal of English but was practically incomprehensible when speaking. We did this in class one day and I gave it as homework for the week. I went on teaching, a month goes by. We do an activity with extended text. He read out loud. The whole class whipped their necks around in awe. He sounded great. He said he had gone home and practiced 30 minutes every day for a month. What I love about it is, it gives them specific feedback…more than I could ever do in a whole class.
SCOOP: The Biden administration will grant more than 100,000 Haitians in the US the opportunity to gain Temporary Protected Status, shielding them from deportation and allowing them to obtain work permits, according to a DHS doc.https://t.co/gpyW2A1cgI
— Hamed Aleaziz (@Haleaziz) May 22, 2021