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ESL/ELL Teaching Materials

These following pages contain listings includes for books and web sites that have lesson plans, activities, bilingual materials and a variety of ideas for the mainstream teacher who finds her/himself with English Language Learners. There are also interactive websites and general information with visuals to help the ELL access the curriculum.

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.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools: CMS is SIOP trained district and has a tremendous amount of resources posted on-line. This site allows you to access lessons formatted using the SIOP framework.

Colorin Colorado: Information, advice and activities for Spanish speaking parents and English speaking educators. This site includes strategies, lesson plans, information on second language acquisition, legal matters and many bilingual tools. This is a very comprehensive site for teachers with Spanish speaking students.

Dave’s ESL Cafe: Information primarily for teachers. This site includes lesson plans, activities, quizzes, vocabulary lists, chat rooms and job information.

ELL Knowledge Base: A site by the US Dept of Education with links to information for Exceptional Children, ELLs and policies.

English Club: A Commercial site with links to teaching tools, grammar lessons, chat rooms with teachers and learners. This site is unique in that it has links to information on specific countries.

English Teacher: This is a resource for all English teachers with a specific link for ESL. There are lists of idioms, the 1000 most common words and grammar exercises.

ESL Activities: This site provides ESL quizzes, crossword puzzles and bilingual quizzes. These can be downloaded or done interactively. The work is provided on three different levels.

ESL Library.com: This is a membership based site that has wonderful visual resources for your class. There are lesson plans, flashcards and posters that can be printed in various formats. Membership is inexpensive and can be cheaper if you sign up as a school or group. It appears to be well worth it. There is a tutorial and guest access so you can see before buying.

ESL Magazine: This is a professional resource with article geared to the ESL teacher.

ESL “Stuff”: This is a fun study site for ELLs. It is based out of Japan, so there are activities for students who read Japanese.

Global Schoolhouse: This is a virtual meeting place full of project ideas to connect the classroom to the world. These are amazing links and a great way to do a class project involving a school around the world!

Government for Kids: This is a children’s site which is organized by subject. There are great visuals and superb links to sites for kids. Many are interactive and all are great for the ELL because they are very visual. Many of the links will be useful for the classroom.

Learn NC: This site is full of lesson plans, ESL specific resources and information for professional development.

NCDPI Instructional Services: This site sponsored by the NC Dept of Instruction gives the classroom teacher the latest in legislative updates, links to the Standard Course of Study, professional development information, assessment info and all the pertinent announcements from the DPI.

Internet TESL Journal: There are articles, research papers, lesson plans, handouts and links for the teacher and student. There are GREAT classroom conversation starters which are divided by subjects. This is a wonderful tool for all of the domains(reading, writing, listening, speaking).

Starfall: An interactive reading site with audio. This site uses song and phonics. This site is great for a novice-high ELL to use with a friend, teacher or aide.

Teaching Diverse Learners: The Education Alliance at Brown University There are links to the Diversity Education program with resources for teachers of ELLs. The site links you to a variety ESL /ELL sites that are helpful to classroom teachers and for professional development.

Utah State C&I: Utah State Schools has a great site for strategies and information regarding English Language Learners.

NCTE/IRA Teaching Resources: This is a great resource for lessons based on K-12 literacy standards. All plans are complete with the theoretical basis on which the lesson was built. Printable handouts and reproducible materials available.

Recommended Resources for ESL and Classroom Teachers

Adger, Carolyn T., Catherine E. Snow, and Donna Christian, eds. What Teachers Need to Know about Language. CAL/Delta, 2002. 

Artiles, Alfredo J., and Alba A. Ortiz, eds. English Language Learners with Special Education Needs. CAL and Delta Systems, 2002. 

Baca, Leonard M., and Hermes T. Cervantes. The Bilingual Education Special Education Interface. 4th ed. Columbus, Oh: Pearson/Merrill
Prentice Hall, 2004. 

Commins, Nancy L., and Ofelia B. Miramontes. Linguistic Diversity and Teaching. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Eelbaum Assoc, 2005. 

Echevarria, Jana, MaryEllen Vogt, and Deborah J. Short. Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP Model. 3rd Edition, SIOP Series, Paperback, 2008.

Echevarria, Jana, and MaryEllen Vogt. 99 Ideas and Activities for Teaching English Learners with the SIOP Model. SIOP Series, Paperback, 2008.

Freeman, D. & Freeman Y. Heinemann. Essential Linguistics: What You Need to Know to Teach. 2004 

Gibbons, Pauline. Scaffolding Language, Scaffolding Learning. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2002.

Herrell, Adrienne, and Michael Jordan. Fifty Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ:Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall, 2004. 

Irujo, Suzanne, and Betsy A. Smallwood, eds. Integrating the ESL Standards into Classroom Practice: Grades Pre-K-2. Alexandria, Va:
TESOL, 2000.

Irujo, Suzanne, ed. Integrating the ESL Standards Into Classroom Practice: Grades 6-8. Alexandria VA: TESOL, 2000.

Samway, Katharine D., and Irujo Suzanne, eds. Integrating the ESL Standards in Classroom Practice: Grades 3-5. Alexandria Va: TESOL, 
2000.

Spada, Nina, and Patsy M. Lightbown. How Languages are Learned. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1999.

Tesol, comp. ESL Standards for Pre-K-12 Students. Alexandria VA: TESOL, 1997. 

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