Tag: ELL

Focus on Student Centered Learning

In Future-Focused Learning: Ten Essential Shifts of Everyday Practice, published by Solution Tree, author Lee Watanabe-Crockett details how educators can shift instruction to focus on student-centered learning competencies to support critical thinking and digital skills.Based on Watanabe-Crockett’s work with schools around the world, Future-Focused Learning details ten core shifts of practice—along with simple microshifts—educators can use immediately, regardless of...

RULES on the Run

Learning, remembering, and using the stress and intonation patterns of North American English can be complicated and cumbersome. The interference of using one’s native-language rhythm patterns can create the potential for misunderstanding, frustration, and miscommunication. RULES on the Run offers a practical solution to the classroom teacher. By learning the stress, intonation, and pronunciation rules that guide American English,...

K–2 Library Resource PebbleGo Expands Its Spanish Content

Capstone’s K–2 online resource PebbleGo has added new Spanish materials. The latest offering, contextually translated to maintain proper academic vocabulary and supported by natural voice audio, will begin to roll out later this fall. PebbleGo’s database is used by students in nearly 20% of the country’s elementary schools. With more than 1,000 articles connected to K–2 curriculum topics, PebbleGo...

Free TESOL Lesson Plans, Activities

In preparation for the new school year, freshen up lesson plans with new ideas from the TESOL Resource Center (TRC). The TRC is full of free classroom activities, lesson plans, teaching tips, and assessment tools made by teachers, for teachers. Educators can explore the TESOL Resource Center for specific resource types, browse by audience or language proficiency level, or...

Growth Planner Helps Students Prepare for Future

MetaMetrics’ Growth Planner is a tool to determine if students are on track to graduate college and career ready. With the tool, students, educators, and parents can forecast student reading and math growth and compare that forecasted performance to the text and mathematical demands of college and careers. If the student is projected to fall short of graduating college...

Escalate English

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Escalate English is an English language development program designed to accelerate English learners’ growth in grades 4–8. Students with social English language skills but needing intensive support to build their academic English skills across all language modalities—reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing—are the optimal candidates for this CODiE award-winning program.Through its design, students actively engage with...

Informing Instruction for English Learners

A fresh start. A clean slate. The beginning of a new school year can be brimming with possibilities and excitement around the growth potential that has yet to be tapped for your students. It is also the perfect time to re-evaluate and tweak some of your instruction methods for the year ahead. When it comes to helping English learners succeed...

Improving Learner Outcomes

David Bong explains the what, why, and how of measuring world language skillsThe world of language assessment is endlessly fascinating. What, why, and how we measure language skills are constantly evolving to incorporate new strategies and technologies as the field becomes increasingly aware of how language testing can improve learner outcomes. What There are three fundamental types of language tests: Achievement...

Early Literacy Especially Important for ELLs

A new study from Oregon State University (OSU) shows that English learners are more likely to become proficient English speakers if they enter kindergarten with a strong initial grasp of academic language literacy, either in their primary language or in English. The study, published recently in the journal Educational Policy, is part of an emerging body of research examining the role that...

Report Challenges California’s System to Identify English Learner Needs

Study of local plans identifies key improvements to fix the system Californians Together is releasing a new report today entitled Masking the Focus on English Learners which questions the efficacy of California’s accountability system in identifying the needs of English Learners accurately. The report claims that by combining data from two English Learner subgroups (current and reclassified), the system fails...