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Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol: Making Content Comprehensible for ELLs - Excellent strategies for helping teachers make content more comprehensible for their second language students that administrators can use to help them evaluate the effectiveness of an ESL teacher - chericem1 chericem1

Research-based Strategies

Asking the Right Questions (Jane Hill & Kathleen Flynn) - This brief article, written for practitioners, discusses how asking higher order questions can build the fluency of English language learners. The article includes charts showing tiered questions, the relationship between Bloom's Taxonomy and the Stages of SLA.

Classrooms Where Students Learn English as a Second Language: What the Research Tells Us - A well-organized site that offers numerous, research-based suggestions for creating a classroom climate that nurtures ESL students - chericem1 chericem1

Educating Language Learners - A special issue of Educational Leadership devoted to educating English language learners - chericem1 chericem1

Getting at the Content - This fantastic article by Yu Ren Dong provides a number of practical examples and strategies for several different content areas that are easy to implement and likely to make a difference - chericem1 chericem1

Principles of Second Language Development in Teaching LEP Students - Short summary grounded in scholarship that suggests teachers must attend to social factors, comprehensible input, task-based instruction, simultaneous development of oral and written literacy skills, and learning from mistakes. - chericem1 chericem1

What the ESL Research Says - An annotated list of findings from research on ESL and writing - chericem1 chericem1

Working Effectively With English Language Learners - Concrete strategies for improving instruction for English language learners, strategies for becoming more culturally competent, and a list of resources for working with English language learners - chericem1 chericem1


Dave's ESL Café - Extremely comprehensive site filled with practical resources for ESL teachers - chericem1 chericem1

English Club for ESL Learners - All sorts of useful links and interesting lessons for students - chericem1 chericem1

The English Global Village - Links to holiday-specific ideas and activities. While you are there, be sure to take a trip on the ESL Resource train and drop by the news room to explore engaging, media-based activities for your students! - chericem1 chericem1

ESL Printables - An extensive list of high quality, downloadable, printable activities, games, and worksheets, organized by topic - chericem1 chericem1

Everything ESL - An absolutely phenomenal list of annotated links to quality resources for teachers of ESL - chericem1 chericem1

FullSpate - A collection of articles, exams, reading activities, and worksheets for use in ESL classrooms - chericem1 chericem1

Larry Ferlazzo - Student Work - Lengthy list of projects suitable for ESL and world language classrooms, along with links to samples of student work and web 2.0 tools students can use to create each project. Be sure to preview the sites before using them with students. (Shared by Joyce Dittrich) - chericem1 chericem1

MSU English Education Wiki - Links to course information, people, program information, and resources for English educators - chericem1 chericem1

Randall's ESL Listening Lab - A variety of conversations and texts, indexed by level of difficulty, that ESL students can use to strengthen their skills - chericem1 chericem1

Short Conversations - Really nice worksheets you can use to scaffold conversations for students about a variety of common topics. Be sure to explore the other links on this site - chericem1 chericem1

TESL - Lessons - Links to loads of useful lesson plans for ESL classes - chericem1 chericem1

Visual Story-telling - Online, interactive activities that are specifically designed to help students of ESL consider the relationship between images and text - chericem1 chericem1

Martin's Big Words- This is a award winning book about MLK Jr. The illustration of this book is AWESOME. The pictures are well done and could also be used to look at art, symbolism, and American History. There are several quotes in big print, and the writing is very ELL friendly. The quotes could be used not only as a unit on social justice or social change, but could also be used to connect with students personal experiences of obstacles,and adversity. - cartierm cartierm

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