Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two Important Reports On Education Released Today

Two important reports on education were released today.

One is a big Education Week multi-article report on testing and assessment called SPECIAL REPORT: STUDENT TESTING: WHAT’S NEXT.

One of the most interesting articles in the packet is headlined What Happens When Students Design Their Own Assessments?

Here’s an excerpt from it:

And ELL teachers won’t want to miss their article, More Testing Is Forecast for Nation’s ELL Students. I’m adding that one to The Best Resources For Learning About The Ins & Outs Of Reclassifying ELLs.

I’m adding the entire Ed Week report to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

The other important report released today came from The National Center For Education Statistics.  They published their massive annual Condition of Education publication, which has all the data you could want about the nation’s schools and a whole lot that you probably didn’t want, too.

My eyes glazed over when I first downloaded the almost 400 page report, but I found searching the PDF for “English Language Learner” was useful, particularly for charts.

Here’s one example:

Here’s a video explaining their report:

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research

The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data

May 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Here’s the latest edition of this regular feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originally been published on an earlier date).

You might also be interested in Most Popular Posts From This Blog In 2017 – So Far; Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? (Part One) and Part Two: Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

Here are this week’s top posts:

1. The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – So Far

2. The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – So Far

3. The Best Resources For Learning About Cognitive Bias

4. Big Meta-Analysis Says Four Teaching Strategies Are Most Effective For Low-Income Students

5. The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL

May 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license:

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Edji lets you upload any text and have readers annotate it with comments. You can make all the comments public to readers, or keep them private. Thanks to Shelly Terrell for the tip.  Even though it only works with text and not websites, I’m still adding it to The Best Applications For Annotating Websites.

Prism also lets you just annotate text to upload, but in a very dynamic way.  Here’s a video describing it:

Timeline Storyteller is from Microsoft.  It seems useful, but not good enough to add to The Best Tools For Making Online Timelines.

TEN APPS TO HELP STUDENTS DEVELOP WRITING SKILLS is from The Edvocate. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools That Can Help Students Write An Essay, even though it doesn’t quite fit into that list.

May 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Erik Weihenmayer becomes first blind man to climb Everest” On This Day In 2001 – Here Are Related Resources

Erik Weihenmayer climbed Everest on this day in 2001.

You can find resources about him, and Everest in general, at The Best Sites For Learning About Mount Everest.

May 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Four 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.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2016 – Part Two

Here are this week’s choices:

Top Five Vocabulary Strategies for English Language Learners is by Erica Hilliker at The Teaching Channel.


Advocating for ELLs: A Facebook Live Chat with Diane Staehr Fenner is sponsored by Colorin Colorado, and will be happening later today.

Educators: This is How to Help Your Syrian Students is from Bright.

14 Song-Based Lesson Plans and Activities is from On The Same Page. I’m adding it to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

Patterns first – why you should ‘ditch’ word lists, traditional grammar rules and…your textbook is from The Language Gym.

Nik Peachey is writing a series for the British Council on how to self-publish an Ebook for English-language teaching. Here is Part One and Part Two. I’m adding it to So, You Want To Write A Book? Here’s The Best Advice….

Short-term language learning aids mental agility, study suggests is from Science Daily.

Transitional kindergarten helps prepare English learners for school, study finds is from Ed Source.

May 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Read, Listen, Watch New Orleans Mayor’s Speech On The Removal Of Confederate Monuments

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a speech on the removal of Confederate Monuments from his city, and it (or, at least, excerpts from it) will be a “must-read” piece in IB Theory of Knowledge and History classes around the country.

Here are two places to read the transcript: at The Pulse and at The Atlantic.

Here’s the video:

Here’s a New York Times column on the speech: Mitch Landrieu Reminds Us That Eloquence Still Exists

I’m adding it to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

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