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:
Clarkston, Ga., known for welcoming refugees, feels strain from influx of Afghans is from The Washington Post.
Appropriate Beginning Reading Instruction for English Learners? is by Timothy Shanahan. It’s an older post that has been updated. I’m adding it to The Best Articles & Sites For Teachers & Students To Learn About Phonics.
I’ve shared a lot in the past about browser-based video games that have written “walkthroughs.” Students then play the games and have to follow those written directions in order to “win.” They have always been super high-interest activities. Unfortunately, though, many of the games I’ve used in the past were created by Flash and are no longer supported by most browsers. There are many new ones that would work, like Six Cats Under, but people don’t write out walkthroughs anymore – they just show them in videos. So, unless you know of someplace where they are still providing written walkthroughs, this activity will become a thing of the past unless any of my peer tutors are gamers and willing to watch videos and write out the instructions.
Why Biden is struggling to revive the US refugee program is from Vox. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day.
Our film series, We Are Witnesses: Becoming an American, reminds us of the steep price many are still willing to pay to leave their countries of birth to live in the United States. https://t.co/Cd4aOVUp4H
— The Marshall Project (@MarshallProj) November 25, 2021
This could be a fun video to show to students and then have them talk and write about what they saw:
Stop messing with the OG, young blood. You do not want the smoke.💀 pic.twitter.com/5cUklvD2s8
— Pit of Chaos (@DPMCanty) November 25, 2021
This does not seem like a wise way to teach languages:
Teachers reject plans to have pupils learn 1,700 words for language GCSEs https://t.co/eY3H6sZU0V
— Guardian Education (@GuardianEdu) November 25, 2021
I just listened to 4 phenomenal authors: @DebbieZacarian interviewed @MsSalvac @KatieToppel & @TanKHuynh abt their new book #DIYpd4MLs. WOW! Definitely recommended listening. I love you 4 tremendously. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us all. #MLLChat_BkClub https://t.co/8Ab7PSz5yG
— 🌍 ναℓєηтιηα gσηzαℓєz (@ValentinaESL) November 24, 2021
What a disappointment https://t.co/KwgTndalp8
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) December 17, 2021