Resources for Teachers

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Bilingual and ESL Certification

  • ISBE: Requirements for Certification 
  • NIU: Project Success
 
Dual Language 
 
Archived News Sources
  
Professional Organizations
 
Instructional Resources
  • Activities for ESL Students.  This is a great website for classroom teachers. There are quizzes on different categories of nouns, verbs, adjectives, body parts, etc. There are different levels for parts of speech. Students can take a test and then print the results. Then students can retake the test with the words shuffled for a different order. Newcomers can go to this site and practice tests with pictures of all the vocabulary. Teachers need to spend a few minutes viewing this site before allowing students to use.
  • Awesome Stories.  Free membership to teachers. An educational tool which supports the standards based curriculum. There are hands on primary sources for students, short stories and movie shorts.
  • Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Center stands for Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Center. This is a user-friendly site concerning ESL and Bilingual Education that has a useful FAQ section. It also has contact information for their very helpful staff.
  • Bilingual Special Education Resources Network provides staff development, technical assistance and tuition assistance for teachers working with children and students with disabilities who speak a language other than English in grade levels from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
  • Bilingual Vocabulary Quizzes
  • Bridges4kids.org.  In the ELL/ESL section you’ll find a wealth of information useful for ELL  students. One of the best links from this site is Help! They Don't Speak English Starter Kit for Primary Teachers, which will help you understand what it means to be an LEP student in a mainstream classroom, how you can help these children succeed, and what issues there might be during your time together.
  • Curriculum & School Reform: English as a Second Language.  This is the NC Department of Public Instruction’s ESL website. It is a great website for accessing information regarding the laws, the ESL Standard Course of Study, ESL Certification and a list serve for classroom teachers. There are numerous ESL links.
  • Dave's ESL Cafe.  This is a great website for students and teachers. Dave Sperling created this site back in 1995. 50% of the site is for teachers, 50% for students. Good lesson plans for grammar and a great section on pronunciation. Students can email Dave and other ESL students.
  • El Templo de Las Mil Puertas  free online magazine on children's literature. Moving into English page provides access to grade by grade ESL practice exercises from the textbook company that provides Shenendehowa's ELA reading series.
  • Escort -Migrant Education.  Escort is a national resource center dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for migrant students. Each elementary school has a copy of Help! They Don’t Speak English. Each middle and high school has a copy of The Help! Kit. These should be housed in the professional library. However, you can order your OWN copy free of charge by either emailing or calling 1.800.451.8058. Although your students may not be migrant, they are English language learners. This is a fabulous resource and has some great alternate assessments.
  • ESL Lesson Plans and Resources
  • ESL PartyLand for Teachers is designed to provide you with the resources and connections you need to become a better ESL teacher.
  • EverythingESL.net.   Everything ESL is a site that provides information and materials supporting ESL instruction.  Colorín Colorado.  This website is a service of the Reading Rockets project and is designed to help kids learn to read …and succeed. It is English and Spanish. It is targeted for parents, but teachers can get tips as well. There is a link to Reading Rockets that is especially good for K-2 teachers and first year teachers. You can also access Colorin Colorado en español.  
  • Grammar practice park
  • Helpforschools.com.  This is a great site for understanding the laws pertaining to English language learners. Teachers can also find descriptors for English language learners and Mexico/USA school comparisons. Great suggestions for parent involvement and NCLB documents in Spanish.
  • Integrating Mathematics, Science and Language
  • Interactive quizzes
  • Internet for classroom – Reading 1
  • ISAT Math practice
  • Lanternfish.   This site has it all! Not just for ESL students, either! Crosswords, word searches, flashcards, verbs, songs, creative writing, worksheets, phonics, ESL science, survival English, ESL articles, lesson plans and holiday worksheets. Have fun!
  • MES English.  This is another great website for making flashcards of classroom and school subjects. Lots of great games for teaching content.
  • Multi-Grade Matters: Ideas for a Split Class. This is site has it all! It was created by Deborah Devine, Math Instructional Coach in U-46.
  • National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition.  The mission of the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language Instruction Educational Programs is to respond to Title III educational needs and implement NCLB as it applies to English language learners. Anyone who works with English language learners in any capacity will love this site! It is one of the most comprehensive sites for classroom teachers. Teachers can go to “In the Classroom” and find complete lesson plans and classroom activities for all subjects and grade levels. There are many examples of methodologies found to be successful for teaching non-English speakers. This site also contains a resource collection of over 21,000 documents related to ESL.
  • Online interactive test practices1
  • Online interactive ISAT test practices2
  • Starfall.com.  The website has audio and activities for matching letters to word endings. Students can choose stories and have them read aloud to them. Suitable for elementary and middle school. 
  • Teach-Technology.com.  This website is great for lessons for all students, not just English language learners. But for ESL lesson plans, search ESL and go from there. To make labels for your classroom, click Printables under Teaching Tools. Then scroll down to class labels. You can pick from many different categories.
  • The Internet Picture Dictionary.  A great website that has numerous activities for students using a picture dictionary. Remember, students involved in NCCLAS MAY use their dictionaries during assessments! Have your students make their own! 
  • Thinking Things from Snaith Primary.  This is an amazing site at an elementary school in England. There are many different units to choose from. Romans, Legends, India, Diversity, etc. But the Aztec unit can be viewed in English AND Spanish. So your brand new Spanish speaking students can immediately do a unit in Spanish! Designed for elementary students, but excellent for middle school ELL.
  • Web English Teacher English as a New Language provides ESL lesson plans and teaching ideas. 
  • Everything ESL

 

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