Test your knowledge of English words by taking quizzes on this site. Choose the vocabulary word that matches the picture shown.
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.
Clear and simple definitions in basic American English from North America’s leading language experts. More usage examples than any other dictionary.
See and hear are used to talk about the senses of sight and sound. Look, watch, and listen are used to talk about paying attention to something.
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
Below are signed that students may benefit from using technology in the classroom:
- Students who are deemed lazy or not paying attention can be empowered by technology to improve their focus and may become less frustrated by their language barriers.
- If ELL/ESOL students can access assistive technology literacy tools and are allotted time to use them, they can improve their confidence and make reading and writing gains.
- Using these tools, students who could not write a single word wrote detailed paragraphs and students who did not want to read a book became engaged readers.
- Teachers who use assistive technologies will motivate students who are eager to demonstrate what they know.
View Jo Belyea-Doerrman’s complete research paper at http://www.jobdoer.net/doerrman/TAR.cfm
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.
Edutopia is one of my favorite teacher-resource sites. Filmmaker George Lucas (creator of Star Wars) founded the nonprofit Gorge Lucas Foundation in 1991 to try to make schools a place students can thrive rather than be stifled. As a creative and curious person growing up, he was often bored. When his children were attending school, he decided to spread awareness about how to create a school curriculum than engaged and inspired children rather than stifled them.
I can relate to his experience–and feel the same way about the need to reform schools when they aren’t inspiring children to love learning because they find the process exciting, fascinating and purposeful. This, afterall, is what education SHOULD be!! Below is one of many strategies offered to parents and teachers to help students take ownership in their own learning so that they can find meaning and joy in learning, and go after their interests!
The following FREE on-line courses are offered at the times listed below. To take and other free classes, please go to ShareAmerica’s Advance Your Career page or click on the Source link below. The ShareAmerica site also offers many other lessons for all English language learners.
English for Business and Entrepreneurship
This MOOC is designed for entrepreneurs who want to work in the international arena. Learn the English you need to write business plans, conduct market research, and communicate with partners and customers around the world.
English for Journalism
Are you an aspiring journalist who wants to inform a global public of important issues and events? Build the language skills needed for reading, drafting, editing and proofreading in English.
English for Career Development
November 2016 and April 2017
If you’re ready to launch an international career, this MOOC is for you. Master the English skills needed for resumé writing, networking and interviewing while learning about the job-application process in the U.S.
More courses coming in 2017:
English for Media Literacy
April and October 2017
Do you ever think about the role the media play and how they influence public opinion? Hone English skills tied to reading and evaluating sources of information, such as social media, blogs and newspapers.
English for STEM Fields
June and October 2017
Interested in studying science, technology, engineering or math (STEM)? Open doors to educational opportunities by learning English used in STEM-related fields.