If you really want to know something about a language, then the Language Log site is a great place to start your investigation! If you can think of a topic related to language learning, teaching, or usage that it doesn’t cover, I would love to know what it is! In fact, I challenge you to try to come up with a question it can’t answer.
ESL Kids offers numerous resources for teaching English to young children and teens. Teachers can access resources for classes for $29/year or ask their school to pay for a subscription.
The link below will direct to you to list of over 100 games and activities to use with its (or your) flashcard sets.
English Language Learner Classmates and the Classroom Social Skills of Students with Disabilities (click on title to open article)
The article above describes social skills improved for kindergarten children with a disability when more English language learners were in the classroom with them. While English language learners’ social skills didn’t change as a result of having children with a disability in their classroom. As a result, researchers concluded that schools should focus attention the characteristics of students who perform well and not as well in classroom settings to see if their is a pattern, and then to work on strategies that will help all students do well.
Source: Teachers College Record Volume 117 Number 7, 2015, p. 1-40
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17960, Date Accessed: 9/16/2016
English language learners’ experience with technology can vary greatly from one student to the next. Some kids may have never used a computer. Others may be doing all of the troubleshooting! This resource section provides ideas for using technology with ELLs, activities for using multimedia tools, and bilingual tips for managing media at school and at home.
Recommended Resource from Understood.org
For more great ideas, take a look at the bilingual resources on Assistive Technology from Understood.org, a free website focused on learning and attention issues.
The creator of the website below, Ketan Hein, is a TESOL-trained educator who has taught in South Korea since 2009. A quintessential teacher, Mr. Hein’s curriculum vitae lists science, math, social studies, physical education and art courses in addition to the common English language subjects.
He, like me, wants to provide a site where English teachers can learn from each other and share ideas for improving education systems and teaching methods. His site certainly provides such an opportunity.
Source: So, You Think You Can Teach ESL? | An ESL, education, and teaching blog (click to open)
Below are helpful suggestions from the article referenced below for communicating more effectively with non-native English speakers.
1. Speak slowly, not loudly.
2. Use hand gestures.
3. Don’t use idioms!
4. Feel free to use incorrect English when appropriate.
5. Find different ways to say something.
6. Pronounce letters and phonemes clearly.
This series of lessons helps explain why learning to read is often more challenging for people who are naturally good at analyzing problems, developing categories and performing detail-oriented tasks. They tend to be good at math and science, which requires the above-mentioned skills. Reading instruction often excludes explanations for the many “exceptions” to spelling and pronunciation rules, which are explained on this site. The instructor provides excellent materials and resources that fill-in the gaps left by traditional teaching methods that cover only some rather than all English words.
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English Endeavors is a great resource for English language teachers. Below is just one of many articles using the latest research findings on how to both hold students’ interest during lesson and “make them stick” given their value to helping students express what they want to say how they want to say it.
The site is designed for teachers’ continuing education and includes lesson and professional development resources, including items for purchase.
Article Source: Repurposing the writing process for beginning English learners
Language teachers and aficionados can now access Dr. Stephen Krashen’s latest articles and books for FREE! His major contribution to the field of linguistics is recognizing that language learners will be more successful if they’re motivated to use it and enjoy the process of learning it. In other words, he rejects the teaching language “academically” and espouses an approach that focuses on encouraging learners to learn the target language by reading books for pleasure and through interesting and engaging activities rather than focusing intently on what they are needing to learn.