Big Deal Book and Newsletter - "
Big Deal Books are print and electronic publications that offer invaluable resources for educators, while serving
specific audiences including K-12 technology professionals and educators of English language learners (ELL)."
Digital Teacher Workshop: English Language Learners - From Department of Education's Doing What Works - Submitted by Karen Morris, ND Institute for Educational Initiatives
Effective Strategies for ENL
Effective Teaching Strategies for ENL
Elementary English Language
Learner (NCTE) and Secondary English Language
English for Everyone - Set of Activity sheets for elementary, middle and high school age students
English Language Learners Bulletin - This provides the best in research of early ENL research and programs.
ESL Basics - Watch and learn English at this new site (2009)
Hispanic and Latino Resources - This set of links offers some statistics related to U.S. Hispanic and Latino populations.
How to Develop Questioning Strategies for ENL Students
Images - My English Images provides ready to use images on alphabet, animals, seasonal such as monsters, and more that can be used for flashcards, projects, etc. There are other resources listed here that my be of interest as well.
Internet TESL Journal (Teachers of English as a Second Language) - * Reviewed by Steve Jankowski
- This website is a tremendously informative site
that is dedicated specifically to teachers of English as a second
language. As the site is opened, it is clearly labeled for easy
navigation. The site provides users with links to the following:
articles, lessons, techniques, questions, games, jokes, and activities
for ESL students. As the user clicks on one of these various links,
hundreds and this is not an exaggeration, of additional links appear
that offer information on the corresponding field. For example, when
clicking on the link entitled, “Lessons”, hundreds of lesson plans and
their explanations appear. It is easy to find a specific lesson one may
be looking for as they are grouped by topic. For example, there are
lessons designed specifically for “The First Class” or “Conversations
in English”. Under each of these categories are lesson plans designed
for the selected topic.
- An additional feature to this website
that is a tremendous positive is that it is an online journal which
means a user can navigate to past issues, even past years. In fact,
this site allows its users to navigate all the way back to the year
1995. Each year that is selected has the online journal for each month
of that particular year. It is nice that not only can one find help or
resources from a large number of choices, but he can also see how
topics, lessons and articles have changed over the past thirteen years.
Users can see first hand how the field of ESL has grown and changed as
research and time have so determined.
- Again, after navigating my
way through this site and exploring much of what it has to offer, I
found that its benefits are tremendous. Because of the way the site is
designed, it is easy to find information on a large number of topics.
Its lesson plans and teaching techniques will be of great use to me as
I am a beginner in the field of teaching English language learners. The
articles and section containing research papers are what I believe will
end up being the most important areas of the site. As I become more
experienced in the field and develop lessons plans on my own, I will
hopefully be less dependent on others for these. However, one can never
and should never stop learning about the subject matter. The plethora
of articles and research papers the site offers will be a steady diet
of useful information that I can store away in my head to make me a
better teacher. If I forget something along the way, I can always go
back to the site and find it again
Kindersay - Geared for Preschool - grade 1, this site has free online English videos.
Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners - A new book out by Heinemann of research based strategies. This web site has reading and writing stages of ENL learners and a quick gide to ENL literacy strategies by grade level in the attachment section at the bottom.
LiteType - Lite Type has typing options in a variety of languages. It also has some other
convenient features like integrated search for images, videos, and
websites. Lite Type also has an integrated multilingual dictionary.
Larry Ferlazzo's Exceptional Web Site of ENL Resources
Online Resources for Teachers of ENL Students (K - 8) Everything ESL
Pew Hispanic Center (PDF below): This report provides excellent information on ELLs. Use the arrows to scroll from page to page in the executive summary.
Sheltered Instruction or Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol - Reviewed by Connor Harty
- This website is more directed to the educator,
while the other site I reviewed is more for the ELL. The general layout
gives the impression that this is a fairly well run website. One of the
more practical parts was the lesson plans for ELL’s. They offered a
variety of lessons for grades K-12. This would also be the website that
you would want to use if you were looking for a text on SIOP or ELL.
They provided links to all sorts of materials that would assist anyone
wanting to further their knowledge of ELL. I also especially liked
their “Research” section. Here they provided a copious amount of
research on what kinds of ELL and SIOP models were most successful,
what did not work as well, and the impact of ELL on certain subjects.
Strategies and Resources for Mainstream Teachers of English Language Learners
Teaching English to ENL Learners - This is a series of videos from US Government of "Doing What Works" for ENL New!
Teaching Spelling to ENL Learners - This is a blog to assist one about teaching of spelling with ENL learners. New!
Teaching Tips for K - 8 Teachers of ENL Students (49 Tips in all!)
TESOL Connections - A quarterly newsletter that provides such information as the following submitted by Rachel Moreno.
Visual Literacy Tools
- Shahi is a visual dictionary that combines words and images from the web . It's a fun tool for writers of any age who are thinking through illustrations and multiple meanings of words.
- SearchMe is a visual search tool.
- Picture Match - geared toward younger students and phonics from Read Write Think.
- Visual Dictionary from Merriam-Webster - These are arranged in themes and the dictionary is a wonderful tool for learning basic vocabulary.
Web Sites in Spanish for Students
- Forvo: All the Words of the World Pronounced - Here is a website with foreign language pronunciation guides. All the
words in the world pronounced by native speakers New!
- Pronunciation Animation - Good resource for hearing English language. New!
- 1-Language - Reviewed by Connor Harty
- A very
engaging website. It is fairly straightforward once you get to it. I
could see this being very beneficial to beginning ESL students. It has
games such as hangman and word searches. However, the part that may be
the most beneficial is the audio of recorded conversations. In my
searches for website I found many that were heavy on grammatical and
methodology, but few offered the audio help. An ELL with a computer is
a great idea considering how low their affective filter would be. I
also enjoyed the section that included ELL articles at the bottom of
the page. It was all very practical stuff that included everything from
working on business English to English reading comprehension
- Activities for ESL Students - Reviewed by Lori Fournier-Norem
website, like the other one I reviewed, attempts to compile quite a
list of other resources. Perhaps the most interesting things are the
podcasts and read-alongs. You can find podcasts using comprehensible
English. I watched the daily English show which each day highlights a
different common mistake made by English learners. The main focus of
this website is to provide quizzes. Quizzes are sorted according to
level of language proficiency. The difficult ones are quite useful as
they begin to focus on such things as style, which could be useful of
heritage speakers as well. The easy quizzes seem to focus more on
discreet grammar points. It also provides dual language quizzes in a
wide variety of languages; some of which I have never heard such as
Tagalog. I think Judy should especially amuse herself with this feature
as I had fun attempting to figure out the Creole words. I think the
quizzes would work for upper elementary and above even to adults;
however the podcasts and read-alongs may work for younger students.
- Apples4theteacher - Reviewed by Tina Petrick
is a website for primary teachers. It is not specifically for ESL yet
contains many good resources for teachers of young children including
ESL teachers. Within “Foreign Language” one finds links to sites that
have free games and activities to help ESL students. Included in the
website are games and activities to help teach Reading Comprehension,
Math, Science and Social Studies. There are a variety of educational
articles. These articles include the topics of Bilingual Education and
- Being a primary teacher I think this website will
be helpful to help bring fun activities into the classroom. The
profession articles on Bilingual and ESL Education give practical ways
to teach those learning English.
- Cabrillo (Community) College, Aptos, CA: English as a Second Language Internet Resources Reviewed by John Kane
The following link goes to Cabrillo (Community) College in California.
The webpage has a variety of resources for ENL learners and teachers. I
especially liked this webpage, because it has detailed descriptions of
the websites it links to and the levels for which the sites would be
- Civic Lessons -
Civic lessons for ENL students on important US history and holidays and more.
- ColorinColorado - Reviewed by Kimberly Witka
- ColorinColorado is a bilingual site that
offers a number of tools, guides, articles, and activities for both
parents and teachers. The teacher section of the site has free
guides and toolkits for reading tips Pk-3rd grade. It also offers
theses guides in eleven different languages to give to parents. Another
aspect of the teacher section is that they provide a starter kit for
ELL at the schools. This would be helpful for those of you starting a
- For the families it provides a number of activities to
do at home to help with success of reading. These are offered in both
languages. In another section it has great multicultural book lists for
all ages. This site is geared for elementary teachers in some areas but
all educators could benefit from the many articles or research on the
site. Also, I especially liked the different books it suggests for teen
readers. Overall, it seems to be a very resourceful site.
- ***There are now Webcasts located here.
- Curriculum Associates - Vocabulary Strategies for English-Language Learners
- This web site offers free professional development on the topic of vocabulary strategies for ENL students.
- EdHelper - Review by Marina Fanelli
I have found this website to be extremely helpful because of the
plethora of information available for teachers. There are many sections
that contain different content areas (including teaching foreign
language). Through my teaching, I found the free printable reading
comprehension booklets to be very useful as well as the free printable
readers’ theater scripts. Every topic from health to Earth Day is
covered in the readers’ theater scripts. My class adored them! There is
even an option to create your own free word searches and crossword
puzzles. I have used this feature to create word searches during
whichever unit we are studying for any given subject. There are even
word searches you can create for German, Italian, French and Spanish!
This site is the perfect place to go for daily, weekly, and monthly
classroom themes. Some themes are based on just Reading comprehension;
others are based on units of study (such as Columbus Day). All the
ideas, printables and activities are there at your fingertips for you
to immediately utilize in the classroom. However, there is a $20 fee
for the year to use the website. From personal experience, it is well
- English for Everyone -
This site has Free English Worksheets and Interactive Quizzes for grades 3 - 8. New!
- English Media Lab - Reviewed by Jodi Bossio
website is great for classroom teachers who like to use technology in
their learning centers. On this site, teachers can pick and choose
different interactive activities for their language learners. And the
wide variety of "games" and quizzes makes it an easy tool for
differentiation! All students in our classrooms are language learners
in a sense; those who are not new to the English language are usually
still in some stage of acquiring or understanding form and grammar.
This site can be used to sharpen skills, from how to form plurals to
selecting the correct pronoun. And we all know how they love to be on
- I love using interactive game sites as a way to
reach my ELLs. It's non-threatening, usually done one at a time, and
they can take the time that they need instead of feeling rushed that
everyone else might be done. Since my classroom only has one computer,
going to the back of the room to work on it is considered a big
privilege. I usually have students work on a pre-selected activity or
online game after reading their reader notebooks; the weekly letters
they write me are a quick check to see if they have absorbed the
grammar or word study lesson for the week. For those of my students who
do have a computer at home or go to an afterschool program with a
technology center, they can then work on this skill more. I find
they're much more likely to go to a website on their own time than they
are to sit down and work on an extra grammar worksheet.
- ESL Printables - This is a good site to connect with other ESL/ENL educators.
Registration is free but you have to submit a lesson, worksheet, etc.
to enter site. New!
- Everything ESL - Reviewed by Jodi Bossio
website differs from the other website I reviewed for this assignment.
The previous website was more geared towards something the learners
could use independently, with the teacher monitoring progress and
checking for understanding. This website is more of a professional
development site. Www.everythingesl.net includes dozens of professional
articles relating to the topic of SLA and ESL. I'm hesitant to read
educational articles online; I have difficulty with reading
informational text on a computer screen. But the language of these
articles is for the most part very accessible, and the topics vary.
They address language, language acquisition, culture, professionalism,
great texts to use, and teaching tips for virtually every grade.
ESL Cafe - Reviewed by Kimberly Witka
use online professional websites in a practical way. After I do my
weekly planning (usually Sunday early afternoon), I take a couple hours
off and then go back to it. Where does this need to be fleshed out? The
answer is always in the area of differentiation, including
differentiation for my language learners. Practical websites like this
one allow teachers to go in, skim articles that have been previously
published in this idea, and receive ideas for how to make our own
lesson plans more comprehensive. It even contains sample lesson plans.
As a teacher with precious little time, it's helpful to have a resource
such as this where I can access information about different topics at a
- An interesting website that is
interactive is one created by Dave Sperling. This
website contains a range of information from job postings worldwide to
helpful tutorial videos on pronunciation. For teachers, it offers
lessons, games, information on different learners, and assessments. For
students it has a help center, grammar lessons, slang lessons, and many
other helpful tools to help them better understand the English language. The
site is geared to older students I think ranging from middle school to
high school. It is a little too hard for elementary students. Generally
it seems to be a useful site full of lessons and video tutorials to aid
in mastering the English language. Also, a way to look for
international jobs if one would be interested to teach English.
- LearnEnglishFeel Good is a
website full of information for both students and teachers alike. It
contains links to sites for ELLs of certain nationalities, such as a
resource web for Spanish, Japanese, Polish, and German speakers.
also contains video-based selections from films ("Miss Congeniality,"
"Napoleon Dynamite," and "Legally Blond" for starters) for as well as
- "Learnenglishfeelgood.com" has a link to
businessenglishsite.com, which has a marvelous English section. There
are vocabulary sections, which can be useful for professionals either
for initial learning or as a brush up.
Literacy Related Websites
- ESL Gold - Reviewed by Lori Fournier-Norem
website has so many and varied resources. Basically it attempts to list
and give you links to a variety of other resources. Here you can find
helpful tips on what types of activities would be appropriate for
students in reading, speaking, listening and writing depending on their
level. You could also find descriptions of reading strategies like
SQ3R. Since it aims “to have the highest quality and quantity of
handouts on the net”, the site also links you to lesson plans or
reading guides that may be helpful and their text is free from a linked
site called America’s Library. These readings seem appropriate for
students in 3rd grade and above. Their content is factual and it seems
to be written at a novice high to intermediate low level. Students can
access quizzes that help them to review grammatical concepts and
vocabulary. However, one quiz I looked at had students reading a
question and deciding if it was correct or not. I do not like this, as
I believe that by showing students the incorrect sentence you may be
reinforcing the mistake. Due to this site’s various resources, I think
that it is appropriate for upper elementary and above, even adults.
- ESL Top Sites - Reviewed by Lynda Higgins
Top Sites is a directory of ESL websites that are available to
teachers. At the present time there are 50 links to different ideas,
activities, and information. This includes printable worksheets,
flashcards, lesson plans, certificates and stickers to mention a few.
There is a link to hospital English (for those in the medical
profession), songs, teaching opportunities both in the states and over
seas, blogs to read and respond to, and I even found information about
textbook selection. All of the sites are free for teachers to use.
There are some that have materials that are for purchase. Because this
is a public directory that anyone can add to, there is a variety of
websites which you can be linked.
- This site is for teachers of all
ages and grade levels. It would be a great reference to have in
favorites so that when there is a need for one more activity or for
some more information throughout the year this would be available. It
is also a good tool to use to begin looking for things or get answers
to questions. I could have used it last school year as another resource
when I was purchasing English/Spanish dictionaries for the classrooms.
downside of this website is that it is privately run, not research
based. It is important to take this into consideration while reviewing
the sites. It does not list who created or continues to monitor the
site. There are many ads on the site, and a few of the links I tried to
open were not available. It would be helpful for many teachers.
- Florida Center for Reading Research - Reviewed by Catherine Connell
is the website for the Florida Center for Reading Research. It has
resources for teachers, coaches, administrators, and parents. It
covers, in depth, everything from curriculum to professional
development to intervention strategies for struggling readers. The part
of this website that I found most helpful was the Center Activities
under Curriculum and Instruction. These links provide great center
ideas for ENL and all students. The best part, though, is everything is
pre-made and printable (ex. picture cards, sentence
strips….everything!) These centers only go to grade 5, but I am sure
they could be adapted for use with older students, especially ELLs.
This website is free as well!
- Google Translator
- Graphic Organizers in Spanish
- Hello English Online
- Interactive English
- Learn English
- Learn English Feel Good - Reviewed by Judith Pete
- Literacy Connections
Here are free fairy tales and children's stories with varying levels of difficulty in Spanish! Download to iTunes or mp3 player. New!
- Multicultural Children's Literature
- Pagina Junior - A newspaper section for students for ages 5 - 12 in Spanish and English. New!
- September Ideas to get you started
- America's Story
- Reading, Writing and Learning in ESL web site -- Excellent book by Suzanne F. Peregoy and Owen F. Boyle
- Dialogue Journals
- Readers Theater
- Games for ENL to help with vocabulary
- Between the Lions - PBS site
- Electronic Postcards
- Purdue University Online Writing Lab - Reviewed by Steve Jankowski
- This website is a wonderful site dedicated to teachers and students in
the ESL field. The site’s audience is one that incorporates both
teachers and students and could easily be used by parents,
administrators and anyone else interested in useful ESL resources. As
the web page is opened, it clearly describes the features of the site
with links available if one so desired to go directly to one of its
features. Its main purpose is to provide both students and teachers
with various resource pages, handouts, and exercises that could be used
in a classroom setting or for learning at home. Handouts range from
something as beginner like, “A vs. An”, to something much more advanced
like, “Writing for a North American Business Audience”. The
“Exercise” link provides exercises ranging from, “Writing Numbers” to
“Tense Consistency”. Each of the exercises and handouts are available
to be printed at no cost to the user.
- Another great aspect of
the site is that it has links especially designed that allow students
to research various topics on their own. Anything from online courses
that are taught to grammar, idioms, vocabulary, quizzes, and other
interesting topics are covered. Not to forget the teachers of ESL, the
site also provides a link to pedagogical resources that teachers can
use. This site is a great place for teachers of ESL to visit. It lists
various professional organizations and online journals very useful in
the field. It has links to additional teaching resources as well as a
navigation page that provides immediate help in a large number of
content areas. The Writing Process, Professional Writing, Research and
Citation, Grammar and Mechanics, Teaching Writing, and Internet
Literacy are just a sample of what is offered on this site.
- After spending some time navigating through this website and the
various links that it provides, it seems it’s usefulness to my life as
an ESL teacher is endless. I have never taught ESL students in any way,
thus this site provides me a great place to start as far as gathering
ideas as well as resources ready to be used in the classroom. The
handouts and worksheets that it provides available for printing are
sure to be a great help in preparing lesson plans on different aspects
of ESL. Furthermore, the levels that the site speaks to range from
beginner to advanced, thus the site will remain useful as students’
- As far as the site’s usefulness to
students, I believe that it will greatly benefit them as well. Many
students like to practice at home and not in the formal classroom
setting. The links this website provides allow students to not only
research certain aspects of the English language, but also learn about
different topics and even quiz themselves in the privacy of their own
homes. Because of the vast amount of materials and resources this site
provides, it is a must for anyone interested in the ESL field,
especially students and teachers.
- Reading Rockets - Reviewed by Eleanor McCormack
Rockets is a colorful and inviting website with links to a multitude of
informational areas. I recommend opening the site map first and peruse
the list of areas covered on the site. The topics covered include
“Parents as Advocates”, “Who’s at Risk?”, and “Self-Esteem” to name
just a few. The parent pages cover information for parents of infants
and toddlers. The books and authors link offers video interviews of
authors and a short book review. It is very helpful for all parents and
they can sign up to receive a newsletter that addresses parental
concerns on many topics. The link to Articles from A to Z also contains
great information for teachers and parents alike. The link for teachers
provides information on how to best serve each and every child.
Strategies to help a struggling reader were particularly interesting. A
partnership with PBS helps produce reading and education programs. One
show called Reading Rocks is rather entertaining and engaging for
children 7 to 12 years of age. Links exist to video and itune resources
and Open Media Network offers download on a variety of topics. While I
only opened a handful of the games there are about 125 free games
suitable for primary age children. (K-3rd)
- A most interesting link
is the En espanol. If you click on that link, you open a most wonderful
web site called Colorin Colorado. The name itself is very inviting and
means “and they lived happily ever after”. This site offers information
in both English and Spanish. It is extremely easy to navigate. I liked
seeing the link to the mission statement right in the center of the
site. The site is the flagship of public television receiving support
from American Federation of Teachers, National Institute for literacy
and the US Department of Education. An excellent site that covers
information for children pre-k to 12 years of age. An assessment link
is available to help identify academic placement and the glossary helps
to explain common educational terms. A great feature is the newsletter
available in both English and Spanish! Great site…worth a visit!
- Seeing All Children Through Children's Literature - Here are booklists for working with all cultures within your
classrooms. This list has 40 Spanish/English versions of books. New!
- Starfall - Beginning Reading, Interactive activities - Reviewed by Eleanor McCormack
- Starfall.org is a wonderful website
primarily designed for first grade students but it can be used pre-k to
second grade. It is an inexpensive way to make the classroom fun and
productive. It could be used by a student as a “station” or a volunteer
parent could use it to help any struggling readers have some quality
one-on-one time. The opening page provides four levels of reading games
for toddlers ABC to I am Reading!!! (Grade 2). Reading Teacher magazine
recognized Starfall as one of the top five educational websites. Areas
addressed in the Educators link address motivation, phonemic awareness,
systematic phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.
ABC’s is a great tool that could be used by a student to learn letters,
sounds, and words. A beautiful photo quality picture accompanies the
words. This is a great tool for English Language Learners and native
speakers alike. Anyone learning to read English would enjoy clicking
the letters, hearing the sounds and words read aloud! The free
printable worksheets could be used to reinforce the information shared.
They could also be made into learning games for review and
reinforcement! Great website…worth a look!
- Mark's ESL World
- Open Culture -
Learn 37 different foreign languages with free Foreign Language Lessons with varying degrees of difficulty. Download the lessons to MP3 Player, iPod or Computer. New!
- Responsive Classroom - Reviewed by Patricia Salazar
website http://www.responsiveclassroom.org is a great resource for
professional development. It is not a website that is directly related
to resources for ESL students but has great ideas in general that can
be very motivating for students learning a new language. In our
linguistics class we have discussed that motivation is a big factor in
learning a new language, this website provides educators with ideas in
monthly newsletters. This resource might not give you direct strategies
to implement in the classroom but can surely serve as food for the soul
for any teacher. I know I become more motivated or my spirits are
lifted after reading about success stories in the classroom.
- SEDL Integrating Math, Science and Language Arts with ENL K - 3
- Teachers First - Reviewed by Susan Speckman
you click onto this site and completed the free registration area, you go to search, then subject grade. Sites
ranging alphabetically from art to writing with earth science/geology
and trigonometry in between them pop up. Each subject area has three
levels: elementary, middle school and high school. I clicked on ESL/ELL
and started looking at all the great activities available. For some you
need to join up, but there are plenty available that you do not have to
have a membership for.
- There was a "Seussville Reading" site
that had a collection of simple reading activities, some printable,
some interactive that you could download onto a smartboard and work as
a class together.
- On the middle school level it is suggested
the student have at least a beginning understanding of language before
using this site. Again, membership is required for some of these sites,
while others are freebies. Membership is also a way to track individual
student's progress. One site allowed students to remix or twist
ready-made comics, which middle schoolers will love.
- There is
an incredible range of material available on this site for high
schoolers as well. The format is all the same for each grade level just
more advanced. A wonderful resource as a teacher, student or parent.
- Teaching the World English
- Teaching Tolerance - Reviewed by Catherine Connell
is an amazing website for a number of reasons. It is dedicated to
eliminating prejudice through education. It is not specifically geared
toward ENL strategies but has amazing resources for building
multicultural appreciation in the classroom. Teachers can access FREE
curricular kits on any number of topics for all age groups (ex. Rosa
Parks, Anne Frank, Civil Rights, and Bullying). I know these kits are
high quality because I have used them and so have my ACE roommates.
These kits include films, lesson plans, and activities. Other important
things to look for on this website are grants for classrooms and school
distrusts and a magazine that you can subscribe to.
- Tower of English - Reviewed by Judy Pete
has links to most everything an ENL teacher might need! A few
interesting links I noticed were connected to CNN, USA Today, and MSNBC.
teaching purposes, I find the links to poetry and idioms particularly
interesting. Plus there are mystery stories and a writing segment.
- For those interested in modern culture, there are movies, a lifestyle segment, and a “People” section.
useful are the business and advertising sections. What is intriguing
about the grammar section is that they will email someone a grammar
lesson every day! Then on the sixth day there is a quiz to take.
There are links to assessment tests and great grammar explanations.
could utilize this site without ever looking at any others! I’m very
pleased to find it and am delighted that I could expand my horizons and
realize that there is ESL life beyond Dave’s Café!
- University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign - Internet English Resources page of the University's Intensive English Institute - Reviewed by John Kane
following link goes to the Internet English Resources page of the
Intensive English Institute at the University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign which is the university I just earned my master’s
from. The webpage has resources for ENL learners and teachers grouped
under the following categories: Grammar, Oral Communication, Listening,
Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Test Preparation,
Dictionaries, Current Events (News) and Other Collections. I think this
would be a great resource for ENL teachers and learners because it is
links to so many sites that could be useful in an easy to use format.
- University of Kansas Medical School Diversity Calendar - Reviewed by Lynda Higgins
Kansas University Medical School Diversity Calendar is valuing our
differences: celebrating diversity. It is an organized, user-friendly
collection of dates. On this site you can look at each topic given:
ethnic dates, religious dates, national holidays, or other (such as
deaf history month, groundhog day, etc.), or you can click on each
month to find all dates for each category. The ethnic and religious
dates both list the group of people that celebrate the day in
parenthesis. The national dates are just for the United States. There
are also links explaining many of the holidays. It was created in 2003,
but has this year’s current dates listed.
- I think this would be
especially helpful to teachers of all ages and grades to help celebrate
diversity in the classroom. This is a very practical way to take a few
minutes each day to build community and share multiculturalism. It is
also useful to help all students come to know the national holidays and
different dates that Americans celebrate. It would be great for
administrators to use in the opening announcements each day. Parents
can use this site to help teach their children about diversity.
Students can use it as a resource.
- University of New York - Stony Brook Resources - Reviewed by Susan Speckman
website is unbelievable, especially for those of us who have no real
experience teaching ESL students. It defines itself as a site that
provides strategies for promoting success for ESL students in K-12. It
is generated out of the State University of New York system positioned
at Stony Brook. There are fourteen bullet points, each one expanded on
once you click it with actual strategies and activities for the teacher
to utilize in an effort to achieve success in the classroom.
example: bullet #1 is: Know Who They Are. Click on it and a list of
questions pops up for you to answer or ponder upon in an effort for you
as the teacher to gain more knowledge which will enable you to better
serve your students. Each bullet provides the same information for you
to consider. The site also gives additional sites that may
further assist your journey with the ESL student. I know that I will be
frequenting this particular site.
- WorksheetWorks - Review by Marina Fanelli
chose this website for a couple different reasons. One is because it
encompasses all content areas, with interesting activities and
worksheets for group and individual work. When you enter the website
you can choose from various subjects such as Math, English, Geography,
and Grammar. Under each heading there are assorted worksheets that
would be perfect for the ELL because all of them have clear visuals to
accompany the text and an example is provided at the top each page as a
reference for the student before he/she starts to work. The English
section is one I especially like because there are worksheets to
reinforce many skills: vocabulary, grammar, alphabetizing and parts of
speech. The information page at the top of the section even states that
these activities would be helpful for the native speaker or ELL. I used
these sheets as supplemental exercises in my teaching the last two
years and found them effective in helping students who were having a
problem in a subject area, as well as enriching those students who were
- Using Cognitive Strategies to Develop English Language and Literacy
- Using English - Reviewed by Tina Petrick
is a phenomenal website. It contains a collection of ESL tools and
resources. The teacher section alone has printable handouts, reading
comprehension quizzes, lesson plans and articles. There is a handout
that helps teach what seems like every aspect of Grammar. They are also
designed to use online with instant feedback. The reading comprehension
section is based on the ESL examination questions for certification in
English. There are literally hundreds of quizzes for English grammar.
Also included are lesson plans for all levels of English Language
Learners. The section of articles includes 40 general articles about
ESL; some are on specific purposes such as teaching Business English.
Another set of articles is about teaching ESL in Asia.
- I was quite
impressed with this website. There are so many resources to help ESL
teachers. It is very easy to use. Another good aspect of this website
is that there is free membership which gives one more resources.
- Working with English Language Learners: Strategies for Teachers
- Yes, I Teach! - Reviewed by Patricia Salazar
website http://www.yesiteach.org is an excellent teacher website for
any teacher. It has resources for every level and subject matter.
Although the website itself doesn’t have information it has several
links to other pages that are very useful. One of the links I thought
was most useful was www.globalgang.org.uk a website for kids to read
and learn about different customs around the world. A link on that page
read A Teaching Pack on Refugees, I think this could be an excellent
site for teachers with a high refugee population. Other links on the
website include links to www.colorincolorado.org, teachers helping
teachers, and free interactive Spanish lessons. I think this is a
worthwhile website to visit because of the variety of links it has to
Reading Resources for Latino Parents
Professional Development Opportunities
- Teachers Online
- This web site offers free materials but also one-hour professional development opportunities on a variety of ENL strategies, reading and writing strategies and techniques, and math strategies. Most of the courses cost $10 for the hour and some courses are semester long for $49.
* Reviews are provided by graduate students in Rachel Moreno's ENL Summer 2008 Course through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Licensure Program - University of Notre Dame.