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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.


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 and learn about our next book.

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:

Here’s a math diagnostic for Newcomers. I’m adding it to THE BEST RESOURCES TO HELP EDUCATORS TEACH ELL NEWCOMERS:

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.