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Everything ESOL Google Drive folder

Professional Development Opportunities

English Language Learners (ELL) – PaTTAN

ESL Portal PA

Professional Teaching Resources

Internet TESL Journal (for ESL/EFL Teachers)

CREDE – Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence

SIOP Institute – Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol

Center for Applied Linguistics

MAEC (Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium) – MAEC’s mission is to promote excellence and equity in education to achieve social justice. Its Center for Education Equity addresses problems in public schools caused by segregation and inequities.

Emerging America Resource Library – This has lesson plans and primary visual resources for a variety of topics.

Library of Congress Teachers Tab – The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library’s vast digital collections in their teaching.

Technology for Language Instruction – links to resources for teachers: Master’s in ESL                                                                                                                                     ¡Colorín colorado!/ Technology in the Classroom

Teacher Collaboration and Co-Teaching

In the News

VOA News.com Learning English
Newspaper Map – Read newspapers from around the world!
Newsela – Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events. Teachers can set up classroom access and assignments for 4 grade and up.

Reading and Writing

Quizlet – The best way to study languages, vocabulary, or almost anything!
Reading A-Z: The online guided reading program with downloadable books to print and assemble (subscription required)
Study Ladder – Free for teachers with many online activities and resources. You can set up accounts for your students and assign topics that are also accessible from home.
iSLCollective.com – ESL worksheets made by teachers for teachers
Idioms: Introduction
IRC Language Resources
Cutting Edge Education
ESL @Web English Teacher
Civics Lessons for ESL Students
Quia online quizzes (a subscription service)
Document Camera Lesson Plans
LanguageGuide.org                                                                                                              Varsity Tutors/Web English Teacher – Web English Teacher has a long list of linguistic resources and links to other wonderful resources! All the tabs have lots of websites to explore. These free English teaching and learning resources are for English, Literature, and ESL classes.                                                                                                                EAP Vocabulary – This academic vocabulary list includes multiple forms of the “Headword”, AND takes you to a dictionary that pronounces and defines the words in both American and British English. This will especially help with some of your ELs who have learned British English prior to coming here.

Phonetic Symbols for English

Pinterest Boards – Join in and share resources!

Teaching English Language Learners – Resources for working with English Language Learners

Technology with ELLs – There are many outstanding technology resources to support ELLs. Share your favorites here!

ESOL Resources – This is a board that includes resources for teaching English Language Learners.

General ESL Resources

¡Colorín colorado! Helping children read…and succeed!
Dave’s ESL Cafe for Teachers
EverythingESL.net – The K-12 ESL Resource from Judie Haynes
One Stop English
Activities for ESL/EFL Students
Interesting Things for ESL/EFL Students
Learn English at English, baby!
Larry Ferlazzo – English Page
English Club

Tools for Learning

Discovery Education English Homework Help
Graphic Organizers for Content Instruction
EFL – English as a Foreign Language Club
Clip Art for School and Business Professionals
ePals Global Communities – provides safe, collaborative technology for schools from over 200 countries to connect and learn in a project-based learning network.
Livemocha – Language learning Online
Duolingo – Language learning Online

Additional ESOL Resources

Vocabulary Toolkit (may require Stuffit Expander to open)

PDE ELL Overlays for Language Arts
PDE ELL Overlays for Math

Total Participation Techniques
Total Participation Techniques (formatted for 2 sided 5×8 cards)
Total Participation Techniques (8X11)
Total Participation Techniques (additional resource)
Total Participation Technique Slides

They Say, I Say by Graff & Birkenstein Resources
They Say, I Say Templates
They Say, I Say Posters

Use the slideshows below to teach letters
Letters Keynote
Letters PowerPoint
Letters with Pictures Keynote
Letters with Pictures PowerPoint

Point 2 View Document Camera Software (unzip the file then drag the application to the Applications folder)

Working with Words Resources

Wordle.net *
Tagxedo(For Wordle and Tagxedo you may need to install the newest version of Silverlight. Click here to download. On a Mac, you may need to install this script to Print and/or then Save as PDF. Click here to download.)

Puzzlemaker – Discovery Education
VocabularySpelling City
Make Beliefs Comix
Storybird – Teachers create an account, then add student accounts.
Little Bird Tales
– Teachers create an account, then add student accounts.

Student Friendly Dictionaries

Little Explorers® Picture Dictionary
Longman’s Dictionary of Contemporary English Online
Heinle’s Newbury Dictionary for American English
Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary                                                                                Word to Word Glossaries by Subject and Grade – These bilingual glossaries from NYU come in over 10 different languages. They are organized by subject area and grade and include ELA (grades 3-8), cognates, literary terms and devices for language arts, math, science, and social studies. They are acceptable accommodations for ELs to use in standardized testing where word-to-word dictionaries are permitted.

Translation Services

Free Translation and Professional Translation Service
Google Translate
Babel Fish Translation
Spanish/English Dictionary of Health Related Terms (pdf)
Online Spanish Spelling and Grammar Checker

TransACT® Parent Notices is provided to all educators in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) in collaboration with the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU). One can find translations of TransACT’s ESSA Parent Notices into seventeen different languages.

Online Books, Songs, News, Video, and Audio files

International Children’s Digital Library
Storyline Online
Children’s Storybooks Online

Tar Heel Reader
Shaggy Dog Stories and other mp3 recordings for English Learners

TESL : Songs
English Listening Language Lab Online
Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab for ESL/EFL Students
25 places to find instructional videos
English as a Second Language podcasts are now available through iTunes. iTunes available here.

World Digital Library –  This has literature, art, maps and more from other countries.

MiddleWeb – Teaching ELLS with Short Animated videos.

Other Great Sites

Apple4theteacher.com – A Primary Website
Cando’s Helper Page
Favorite Poem Project
ESLnotes.com – The English Learner Movie Guides
Cootie Catchers – Look under the Resources tab.
Memori – ESL and EFL Materials
Make Beliefs Comix! Educational Comic Generator – Children and adults can create their own comic strips. They can select from 10 fun characters with different moods.