Eight 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:
#DidYouKnow @SecCardona was an English Language Learner (#ELL)? He says #biculturalism and #bilingualism are a superpower that allowed him to get to where he is today. #WhatsYourSuperpower? Read more > https://t.co/2intPV21y7
— ASKNCELA1 (@ASKNCELA1) June 16, 2022
Translanguaging: what is and what is not: https://t.co/kyzcGbnwe5
— Tan K Huynh (he/his) 🇱🇦🇺🇸🇹🇭🏳️🌈 (@TanKHuynh) June 17, 2022
Create an Online Customized “Guess Who?” or “Guess Where?” Game is from FLT Magazine.
I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English:
Convoke https://t.co/9mLmVU19ky Get students speaking in groups for 30 seconds each about random topics and questions. Great fun game. #esl #efl #elt #tesol #eal #tefl #edtech #SpeakingSkills pic.twitter.com/h5UZybGBuV
— NikPeachey (@NikPeachey) May 31, 2022
It’s hard for me to say that Serbian is my primary language anymore. Even though it was my first language, English has become the language I use most often. Though Serbian continues to be my heritage language.
I feel fortunate that I still have it. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zd5ja1bgUd
— 🌍 ναℓєηтιηα gσηzαℓєz (@ValentinaESL) June 13, 2022
Does Reclassification Change How English Learners Feel About School and Themselves? Evidence From a Regression Discontinuity Design is an interesting new study. It examines strategies to “instill more positive academic beliefs” in ELLs, though it primarily focuses on how reclassification can affect them. It finds that reclassification increases academic self-efficacy somewhat, but primarily for elementary age students. The entire paper is worth reading since it examines SEL and ELLs:
Our own study focuses on four constructs within the broader SEL umbrella: self-efficacy, self-management, growth mindset, and social awareness; Table 1 provides a brief definition and a sample survey item used to measure each construct. Self-efficacy is defined as a belief that students can achieve a given academic outcome; self-management is a self-perceived ability to regulate emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, especially in challenging circumstances; growth mindset refers to the belief that ability grows with effort; and social awareness is the ability to understand norms and empathize with others’ perspectives.