The Top Blogs and Resource Sites For Teachers Of English Language Learners

This “companion” post will share a list of my favorite free resource sites for teachers of English Language Learners, including – but not limited to – bloggers. They aren’t listed in any particular order, though – I’ve found, and continue to find, all of them very useful!

The Internet is awash in these kinds of sites. The question is, as the saying goes, how do you distinguish between the “signal and the noise”?

For me, the criteria includes:

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Four games for vocabulary development

In this post, we’ll share four classroom games that we also find effective in teaching vocabulary to English Language Learners.

Nine Box Grid

We use this simple game, which we learned and modified from English teacher Katie Toppel, a lot. As you can see from the image, it’s just a matter of putting nine words (or, when we teach phonics, letters) on a numbered three-by-three grid (for a total of nine boxes/spaces) on the class whiteboard.

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Fifteen ways to adapt your textbook so your students aren't bored to death

Unfortunately, teachers may only be given the textbook without any professional development or additional curriculum resources. It can be challenging, especially for newer teachers, to figure out how to use the textbook to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students who may be at different levels of English proficiency. It can also be difficult if the textbook is outdated or not well-designed in terms of instructional practice.

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Four ways to encourage speaking in the ELL classroom

When I was beginning to learn Spanish, there was nothing scarier than trying to communicate in that language to a proficient speaker, nothing more satisfying than when I felt understood, and nothing as deflating as being met with a blank stare.

Here are four ways I encourage my Beginning English Language Learner students to speak English:

1. Use the English Central website 

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Putting Teacher Action Research Into Action

Personally, I just view it as a teacher systematically putting a simplified version of the Scientific Method to use in his/her classroom:
  1. Formulate a hypothesis
  2. Experiment
  3. Analyze the data collected from the experiment.
  4. Form a Conclusion

Of course, teachers - and everybody else - apply this method constantly, ranging from how we shoot basketballs to how we bake a cake. Teacher Action Research, however, puts it into action in a little more formalized way.

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Larry Ferlazzo - Five Guidelines For Effective Classroom Management

Yes, having engaging lessons is an important element of good overall classroom management, but it's not enough.
We live in the world as it is, and not as we'd like it to be.  No matter how good of a teacher you are, not every lesson is going to be engaging to every student.   Not only might the content or the process not hit the mark, but our students experience stress both inside and outside of school that affects how they see and act in the world - just as we all do.
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Larry Ferlazzo: Critical thinking

I describe it as the ability to seek-out, elicit, and consider different information and various perspectives of situations, fairly weigh the evidence on all sides and how it all connects to existing background knowledge, and then use that process to come to an independent conclusion.   

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Larry Ferlazzo - Online tools

These include The Best Web Tools For English Language Learners (In Other Words, The Ones My Students Regularly Use) and The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites.

Now, though, I think it's time to narrow them down to my choices for the "best of the best" or, in other

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