Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

October 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Zing! Lets Students Read & Annotate Tons Of Books For Free


Thanks to the great Richard Byrne, I just learned about a new site called Zing!

It has thousands of free Ebooks that students can read, and it also lets them easily annotate them — without requiring any downloads. Most of the books don’t seem to have an audio option, but it still has a nice collection of those that do. Of course, books with audio narration are ideal for English Language Learners.

Teachers can create virtual classrooms though, as Richard notes, the process is a little time-intensive. It would be nice if they didn’t require as much information on each students as they do in order for a teacher to add a student to their classroom. Even better, it would be great if they allowed students to just use a code given to them by their teacher so they can sign-up for themselves (other similar sites have that feature).

But they are new, so I assume they’ll be making those kinds of changes over time. Their selection of books really stands-out right now, and their annotation process is easy-as-pie, so it’s really worth looking into it despite my minor complaints.

I’m adding this site to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

September 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On Reading Fluency (Including How To Measure It)

I’ve published a zillion “Best” lists that are reading-related. I’ve also published quite a few posts on reading fluency, though I’ve never gathered them together.

So, first, I’ll share some of the most useful lists about reading. Then, I’ll share links to my fluency-related posts.

Here goes:

Now for posts on reading fluency:

“Webcam Research Helps Kids Improve Reading Fluency”

Measuring Reading Fluency

“FluencyTutor” Could Be A Useful Tool For Students To See Their Reading Progress

Literably Is An Excellent Reading Site — If Used With Caution

Talking To Students About Their Reading (& Their Data)

Reservations About Christian Science Monitor Column On “Slow Reading Movement”

Latest Results Of Our Home Computer Project

Assessments Are In For The Home Computer Project

Latest Assessment Results From Family Literacy Project

Reading Recs is a new feature of the extraordinary site, SAS Curriculum Pathways. It’s a new tool that allows students to orally read and record passages that teachers can listen to at a later time.

August 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

NBA Star Russell Westbrook Supports Schools’ Literacy Programs

Have students hear athletes talk about the importance of reading can only help, and that’s why I’ve published The Best Videos & Articles Where Athletes Explain How Reading & Writing Well Has Helped Their Career.

NBA star Russell Westbrook has just financed new “reading rooms” for schools in the Los Angeles area, and has previously done the same with Oklahoma City schools.

When an NBA all-star from South L.A. comes home is an L.A. Times article.

Here’s a link to a good video at and here’s one from the L.A. Times.