ESL Teacher and Student Resources

Tools for learners:


Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary http://www.m-w.com/

Good online reference for students to bookmark.


Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab http://www.esl-lab.com/

Listening quizzes, vocabulary lessons, and more audio resources


Language Guide http://www.languageguide.org/english/vocabulary/


English Grammar Lessons http://www.english-grammar-lessons.com/

Vocabulary practice by topic with audio  - listening and speaking practice


Activities for ESL Students from the Internet TESL Journal http://a4esl.org/

Thousands of quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a Second Language


Interesting Things for ESL Students http://www.manythings.org/

There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, vocabulary study, pronunciation practice, listening practice and many other things of interest to ELL's.


The English Vocabulary http://www.theenglishvocabulary.com/categorytopic.php?lang=3

For native Spanish speakers, a guide to learning vocabulary words grouped by category


English Language Listening Lab http://www.elllo.org/

ELLLO is a free online listening resource of over 1,000 listening activities designed especially for ESL and EFL students and teachers. Most listening activities include images, an interactive quiz, transcript of the audio and downloadable MP3.


Practice Speaking English with Robots http://www.eslfast.com/robot/

An ongoing initiative of Pasadena College in CA, the ESL Robots Project creates online electronic tutors to help English language learners practice speaking English.


BrainPopESL http://www.brainpopesl.com/

Reinforce beginning-intermediate level vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, reading comprehension with the help of animated movie clips. Free materials and trial available; subscription rates vary.  Excellent enrichment and self-study materials.

Apps for ELLS

https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1N22branP0UdbY7PPZusVo7krjeGlf49OVfD4WHVhfUU

Nice reviews from a teacher, and frequently updated


Articles and instructional materials:

Colorin Colorado! http://www.colorincolorado.org/

Information, activities and advice for Spanish-speaking parents and educators of English language learners


Web English Teacher http://www.webenglishteacher.com 


Center for Adult English Language Acquisition, ESL resources http://www.cal.org/caela/esl_resources


Larry Ferlazzo, Teacher http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/larry-ferlazzos-english-website/

Larry is an award-winning ESL teacher who also maintains an active blog linked from his site.


TEFL.net Talking Point Worksheets http://www.tefl.net/esl-lesson-plans/esl-worksheets-tp.htm

Downloadable activities to stimulate discussion and enhance literacy


EverythingESL.net http://www.everythingesl.net/

Veteran ESL teacher Judie Haynes offers practical classroom tips, lesson plans, and activities for ELLs.


Supporting ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom: Reading Instruction  http://www.readingrockets.org/article/33048

Excellent strategies for providing additional support to ELLs.


Center for Applied Linguistics SIOP Model   http://www.cal.org/siop/

Resources to help teachers plan and deliver lessons that allow English learners to acquire academic knowledge as they develop English language proficiency


Illinois Resource Center - ELL Methods Wiki http://esl-methods.wikispaces.com/


ESL/Bilingual Resource Guide for Mainstream Teachers, Portland Public School District, Oregon http://www.pps.k12.or.us/curriculum/PDFs/ESL_Modifications.pdf

Practical strategies and tips for teachers and program coordinators


Adapting Texts

Adapted texts reduce the linguistic complexity and increase comprehensibility, providing more frequently used vocabulary, shorter sentences, and active voice.  While adapted texts increase readability, it is important to ensure that ELs continue to be challenged at their grade level, and continue to learn new words, expressions, and sentence structures.  Here are some sites that I recommend for our secondary level teachers to use to locate current events news articles.  They provide teachers with options to adjust the lexile level, making it easy to differentiate text for a variety of learners in your classroom.




ELL Technology Tips

Technology-enhanced programs for English-language learners work most effectively when they:

1. Provide interaction, communicative activities, and real audiences.

2. Utilize task-based and problem-solving activities.

3. Provide “sheltering techniques”—ways to make lessons easier to understand—to support language and academic development.

4. Are student-centered and promote student autonomy.

5. Facilitate focused development of English-language skills.

6. Support collaborative learning.

7. Foster understanding and appreciation of the target and native cultures.

8. Provide appropriate feedback and assessment.

SOURCE: Excerpted from Technology and Teaching English Language Learners, by Mary Ellen Butler-Pascoe and Karin M. Wiburg