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English Language Learner (ELL) Resources

The number of students with limited proficiency in English has increased significantly in recent years. Here are a variety of resources to help educators with English Language Learners.

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WIDA ELP Standards
The World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium's ELP Standards for grades PreK - 12.
Colorín Colorado
Colorín Colorado is a free web-based, bilingual service that provides information, activities, and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners.
Everything ESL
This site includes Lesson Plans, Teaching Tips, Resource Picks, and a question answer section to help teachers with English Language Learners.
Dave's ESL Cafe
A portal of ESL resources for Teachers, Students, and the general public. Resources include a job board, lesson ideas, and forums.
ESL Gold
ESLgold provides thousands of free information and resources for ESL/ELL. All materials are organized by skill and level for quick and easy access.
ESL Resource Center
Free ESL Materials, ESL Resources and ESL Lesson Plans for TEFL/TESOL teachers. Jobs, Forums, Chat, Book Center, Articles and Web Links.
USOE's English Language Learners Web Page
ESL endorsement information for Utah educators and additional strategies and resources.
Lanternfish
Worksheets, Flashcards, Lesson Plans, Jobs and a Forum for the ESL and TEFL Teacher.
One Stop English
Onestopenglish is packed with resources for English language teachers. There are free resources or you can pay for a subscription to get access to even more.
Learning the Language
Education Week's blog about news and policy regarding the education of ELLs.
Many Things
This web site is for people studying English as a Second Language. There are quizzes, word games, proverbs, slang expressions,a random-sentence generator and more.

Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day
Larry Ferlazzo shares websites that will help you teach ELL, ESL and EFL.

 

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Teaching Ideas

 

For Educator - Colorín Colorado
Useful information, strategies, activities, and resources for all teachers of ELLs, whether you are an ESL teacher or a content area teacher with one or two English learners in your class.
Lesson Plans - Everything ESL
Content based ESL lesson plans for beginning through intermediate students.
Webcasts - Colorín Colorado
Webcasts offer an exciting new way to learn about teaching ELLs. Each webcast features a 45-minute video program, which includes recommended readings, suggested discussion questions.
English Language Learners - Bank Street College's
Provides guidance working with children who are learning English as well as activities to help students gain understanding and the ability to read and write their new language.
Casa Notes
Casa Notes is designed to allow teachers to quickly make, and customize, typical notes that are sent home and then translate them in to Spanish.
Doing What Works
This practice guide from the Department of Education focuses on Teaching Literacy in English to K-5 English Learners
Stuff for Teachers - Dave's ESL Cafe
A collection of resources for ESL/ELL teachers including Idea Cookbook with a lot of teaching tips, forums, and a place to post your resume.
Ted Power English Language Learning and Teaching
Free English language practice materials for learners. Lesson materials includes practice exercises listed by level, handouts, and game ideas.
ESL Partyland
Resources, lessons, and ideas on to help you teach English.
UCLA Language Materials Project
Resources for less commonly taught languages of the world.
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Resources

 

Clip Art for Foreign/Second Language Instruction
A series of hand-drawn pictures illustrating verbs, adjectives, and common nouns.
bab.la dictionary
Bab.la offer translations in many different languages, ranging from colloquial and regional expressions to more technical or field-specific vocabulary.
Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary
The Visual Dictionary Online is an all-in-one reference. Search the themes to quickly locate words, or find the meaning of a word by viewing the image it represents.
bab.la Games
Online word games targeted to those learning a foreign language and the ESL/ELL learner.
Foreign Language and ESL Games
Online word games targeted to those learning a foreign language and the ESL/ELL learner.
Ernie's ESL/EFL Activity Page
Games and other activities suitable for all levels of ESL/EFL classes.
ESL Partyland
Learning English as a second language with fun, interactive quizzes.
Google Translate
Translating short phrases can help you communicate with your ELL students.
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For Students

 

Literacy Center
For children who do not speak English as a first language, the Literacy Center provides an excellent environment for practicing basic pre and early reading skills.
Real English
Real English is a completely free site for learning English. Original videos with interactive lessons. Community of teachers & students learning together.
Stuff for Students - Dave's ESL Cafe
A collection of resources for ESL/ELL students including a help center, idioms, phrasal verbs, pronunciation, quizzes and a student forum.
English Vocabulary Words and Phrases
See, hear, and say new words in English
Phrases for Conversation
ESLgold provides sample phrases for use in conversation.
Explanations, Examples, and Exercises
If you need some help with grammar, listening, or reading, you can look through hundreds of pages of explanations, examples, and exercises.
Learning Strategies
Reading learning strategies that include resources such as tips for Practicing reading and reading comprehension techniques.
bab.la vocabulary
Bab.la online language learning flash card vocabulary lessons. You can use premade flash card lessons or create your own.
Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
This ESL listening Web site created by Randall Davis helps ESL/EFL students improve their listening comprehension skills through practice with self-grading quiz pages.
ESL Partyland
Students will find quizzes, conversations, videos and more to help them learn English.
Common Errors in English Usage
A comprehensive list of the most common English language errors.

 

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Forums

 

Ask Judie - Everything ESL
Ask a question to Judie Haynes, an ESL teacher from New Jersey or share your thoughts and ideas.
Teacher Discussion Forums - Dave's ESL Cafe
A virtual meeting place for ESL/EFL/ELL students and teachers from around the world!
Student Discussion Forums - Dave's ESL Cafe
A virtual meeting place for ESL/EFL/ELL students and teachers from around the world!
One Stop English Forum
You can use this space to share your ideas, questions and tips on English language teaching with colleagues and experts from all over the world.

 

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News and Research

 

Teaching English Language Learners
An article in American Educator, Summer 2008 that highlights the most promising Instructional approaches and discusses questions research has not yet answered.
Where We Stand: English Language Learners
A document that discusses the research behind English Language Learners and what American Federation of Teachers is doing to help close the achievement gap between ELL and Non-ELL students.
Creating Schools That Support Success for ELL - Lessons Learned
Research on teaching English Language Learners in a concise way and provides clear and useful guidelines for approaching a school-wide strategy for working with ELLs effectively.
What Teachers Should Know About Instruction For English Language Learners
A review of research on effective instructional practices for English language learners (ELLs) entitled What Teachers Should Know About Instruction For English Language Learners.

 

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