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ELL Teaching Resources

4Teachers.org works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate online resources such as ready-to-use Web lessons, classroom calendars, quizzes, as well as resources in both English and Spanish for rubrics, project-based learning, and notes to send home.

Bilingual Glossaries
Available in published form from NYS, this link will provide glossaries in various content areas in up to 13 different languages.


Breaking News English
Breaking News English contains interactive and printable English lessons in 7 level of English proficiency based on up-to-date current events, as well as offering 2-page mini-lessons, on-line activities and quizzes.  It also offers “multi-speed” reading of articles at five different speeds.


CEELO: Resources to Improve Outcomes for DLLs (ELLs) in Pre-K through Third Grade 
This document, published by The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), identifies selected resources on best practices and policy to support effective teaching  and learning for dual language learners (DLL) in early childhood programs and early elementary school. These topics include:
  • Research on Best Practices
  • Policy Briefs
  • Survey Resources
  • Webinars
Each annotation listed contains a web link to its source.

Channel Thirteen
Lesson plans and resources adaptable for ENL instruction.


Colorín Colorado
Colorín Colorado is a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELLs).


Sponsored by the National Archives, 
DocsTeach brings together more than 3,000 primary sources and seven online activities, each designed to reinforce specific historical thinking skills. Browse or search DocsTeach's selection of primary sources, divided into eight historical periods ranging from 1754 to the present, bookmark sources of interest, and then click on "Activities." This section contains tools for assembling seven different online activities. Registration is free but required.

EngageNY Web Site
EngageNY.org is developed and maintained by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to support the implementation of key aspects of the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda. This is the official web site for current materials and resources related to the Regents Reform Agenda. The agenda includes the implementation of the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE), and Data-Driven Instruction (DDI). EngageNY.org is dedicated to providing educators across New York State with real-time, professional learning tools and resources to support educators in reaching the State’s vision for a college and career ready education for all students.

ESL Connect
A website created by Marie Nuzzi, the ESL teacher and Foreign Language Department chairperson at Garden City High School. 
ESL Connect includes a vast collection of links for teachers as well as activities for classroom use.

Everything ESL
Lesson plans, teaching tips, classroom activities, discussion topics and tons of other resources.


Make Beliefs Comix
A great site for reluctant writers, Make Beliefs Comix allows students to create their own comic strip and add dialogue. Artwork is provided as well as story starters. 


New York Times Learning Network 
Lesson plans and curriculum for teachers to incorporate current events into their classrooms. The lessons address many content areas, not just Social Studies.


RITELL - Resources for Teachers 
Compiled by graduate students of the M. Ed. Program at Rhode Island College, this web site offers information on world languages and countries, culturally and linguistically relevant booklists, and other general resources related to the education of ELLs.


Teaching Tolerance Lesson Plans 
This site contains lesson plans developed for teaching about diversity, identity, justice, immigration, race and ethnicity that can be used at a number of different grade levels.


The OWL at Purdue University 
These OWL resources will help ENL instructors and tutors develop curricula for teaching second language writing. It  includes resources on writing across the curriculum, writing in the disciplines, and it contains links to useful OWL workshops and exercises, as well as links to ENL resources on the Internet.


Web English Teacher for ELLs 
Links to a lot of useful teaching ideas, lesson plans, and other web sites for ENL and Bilingual Education teachers.