Resources for English Language Learners

Posted on January 8, 2013. Filed under: ELL, ELL resources |


In just a week or two the spring semester will begin. One of the courses I will be teaching is the Literacy Practicum. In preparation for the course I noticed that several of my graduate students will be working with English Language Learners. To help my students I have compiled a list of resources that I hope will help them meet the needs of these learners. If you have any additional resources, please add them below.


http://www.everythingesl.net/ – K-12 resources, lesson plans and teaching tips

http://www.bogglesworldesl.com/ – printable worksheets and educational resources

http://www.eslhq.com/ – free ESL flashcards, worksheets and teaching resources

http://www.readwritethink.org/ – free classroom resources, lessons, and interactives

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html – published educational material online

http://www.brainpopesl.com –  dedicated to teaching English to students all over the world through animated movies, study tools, quizzes and games.


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Teaching English Language Learners with Mobile Devices

Posted on April 8, 2012. Filed under: ELL |


More and more school districts on Long Island are using mobile devices to differentiate learning for their students. I recently read an article about a school using iPods to enhance fluency skills. Students would read aloud and record their reading with the iPod. Upon reviewing the recording students could note areas that needed improvement, make corrections and record themselves with better fluency. This is a great example of how mobile devices help teachers to individualize instruction.

At a recent Celebration of Teaching and Learning Conference in NYC, I attended a workshop given by two ESL teachers, Lisa Estrada and Heather Parris Fitzpatrick. They call themselves ESL Techies, you can find them at esltechies.com or follow them @ESLTechies. Here are some of the apps they recommend for teaching ELL:

Leaf Snap, Google Maps, Google Earth,

Star Walk, Bubble Ball, Math Bingo,

Virtuoso, Doodle Buddy, Popplet,

OverDrive, Evernote, and Photo Card.

Why not take a look at one or more of these and see how you might be able to use it with your students. Leave me a comment and let me know how you are using these apps to help your ELL students.

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