ELL Resources

ELL Print Resources
The field of ELL is rich in resources. Here are some recommended teacher resources in print for professional development as well as student resources to help you work with your students. Below the print resources, you will find recommended websites for teachers, students, and parents.

Here attached is an annotated bibliography with a focus on ELL and reading, submitted by ELL Teacher, Lauren Craze. Thank you Lauren!

Professional Resources: A Suggested List
Brown, H. Douglas. ( ) Principles of Language Learning and Teaching.
Brown, H. Douglas. ( ) Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to language Pedagogy.
Brown, H. Douglas. ( ) Language Assessment: Principles and Classroom Practices.
Brownlie, Faye and Judith King. (2000) Learning in Safe Schools. Markham, Ontario. Pembroke Publishers.
Carrigan, A. (2001). Canada: Who we are and where are we going?: Immigration, multiculturalism, and the Canadian Identity. Vancouver: Hawthorn Educational Group.
Coehlo, Elizabeth. (2003) Adding English. A Guide to Teaching in Multilingual Classrooms. Pippin Publishing. 2003
Cummins, Jim. BICS and CALP. Available from http://www.iteachilearn.com/cummins/bicscalp.html
Cummins, Jim. (2005) Affirming Identity in Multilingual Classrooms. Educational Leadership 63 (1): 38–43
Gunderson, Lee. (2009). ESL(ELL) Literacy Instruction: A Guidebook to Theory and Practice (2nd ed.). NY: Routledge.
Harmer, Jeremy. (2004) How to teach writing. Essex, UK. Pearson Longman.
Helmer, Sylvia and Catherine Eddy. Look at me when I talk to you. Pippin. 2003
Mohan, Bernard. (1986) Language and Content. Reading, Mass. Addison-Wesley.

Online Videos for Professional Development and Classroom Use
ESLINFUSION :: //ESL Infusion// at OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies In Education)
www.eslinfusion.oise.utoronto.ca/ - Cached

ESL Infusion Teaching Ideas The following are a collection of ESL teaching strategies that can be applied to any subject:
Strategies for creating an inclusive classroom community
Principles for teaching English learners in the mainstream classroom

Webcast: Teaching and Learning in Multilingual Ontario with Dr. Jim Cummins and Elizabeth Coelho: December 2005

· Good audio/video content featuring Dave Sperling of Dave’s ESL Café

Teachers' Domain Teachers' Domain is an extensive library of free digital media resources produced by American public television, designed for classroom use and professional development.

Showtime TV Showtime TV offers free American television online. News and SciTech and Nature Categories would be the most appropriate for classroom use. In SciTech and Nature, look at the Kids section for 3 great video sources. Examples include:
How2Kidswhere kids teach kids, including "How To" speeches, Discovery Channel Kids to see kids videos from the Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Kids with great educational videos for children. This last site includes some videos in Mandarin and Spanish.

Print Resources for Use in Elementary Classrooms
Oxford Picture Dictionary :This is a great resource with many bilingual editions.
West Coast Reader: Excellent print resource, published monthly.
Beginning Reading and Storytelling Skills
The sequencing cards come in sets of 3, 4 and 6. They are practical for story telling , ESL writing and sequencing with cause and effect. The cards are by Frank Schaffer Publications and are available at Artel Educational Resources, 604 435-4949 (in Burnaby)

Suggestions welcomed - more to be added

Activities for Newcomers
When English language learners first enter your school, it can be overwhelming for some teachers responsible for their instruction. It's hard to know what to do first. Here are some activity-based tips to get you started.

Attachment Across Cultures
Examines cross-cultural attachment and child care. Based on experiences of women across Canada, the project’s toolkit for service providers supports discussions around cultural perspectives and strategies. It also describes barriers that women experience, such as difficulties around migration and settlement. The toolkit’s resource section lists services and organizations in Canada, and you can download the fact sheet in several different languages (including Chinese, Somali, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese). For more, visit www.attachmentacrosscultures.org.

Azar Grammar http://www.azargrammar.com/index.html

Bookbox.com www.bookbox.com
Audio-visual stories for preschool and elementary levels; web-based jukebox of digital books in languages from around the world; hear the books read and see the text on screen in a multitude of languages. The site offers downloads of the stories for a fee, but the online books are free.

CBC : www.cbc.ca
· Digital archives (see Learn, for Teachers)
· See CBC Learning Online (video and audio resources as well as the Teacher’s Lounge)

See also: Learning English with CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/edmonton/eal/?cmp=BTW_AB
Joint project with CBC Edmonton and the Govt. of Alberta. Site uses CBC Edmonton daily radio news and feature stories as tools for ESL learners. Each News Story and Feature story has a lesson attached prepared by an ESL instructor.

Communicating with Gestures
Very few gestures are universally understood and interpreted. What is perfectly acceptable in Canada may be very rude in other cultures. http://www.everythingesl.net/inservices/body_language.php

Country Insights: Centre for Intercultural Learning
Overview of a country's geography, demographics, language, religions,and ethnic groups

Creating an Atmosphere of Acceptance
Alleviate the ESL newcomer fears by creating an atmosphere of acceptance and welcome in all of your classes. Includes classroom resource picks.

Culture Profiles
This website from Citizenship and Immigration Canada provides cultural briefs on most of the home countries from which Canada receives newcomers.

Dave's ESL Café
One of the most popular sites for ESL teachers around the world. http://www.eslcafe.html

The Dual Language Showcase
Contains hundreds of dual language books in Arabic, Albanian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Marathi, Russian Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Vietnamese.

Embracing Our Humanity http://www.embracingourhumanity.ca
A set of educational resources designed to help us achieve a greater appreciation of multiculturalism and to help overcome racial discrimination. It takes us on a journey that explores healthy approaches to creating an inclusive multicultural society.

English as a Second Language (ESL): guide to implementation Kindergarten to Grade 9.
Alberta. Alberta education. (2007) Learning and teaching resources branch. education.alberta.ca/media/507659/eslkto9gi.pdf

ESL Infusion: University of Toronto,OISE http://eslinfusion.oise.utoronto.ca/Home/index.html
Meeting the needs of the English Language Learners (ELLs) in K to 12 classrooms: videos, scenarios, tips, resources, lesson submissions, equity, inclusion, and settlement resources, other weblinks

How Does Your School Rate? http://www.everythingesl.net/inservices/districtcheckup.php
Participate in a district goal to make your school a wonderful place for newcomers. Here are some practices you could adopt.

How to Develop Questioning Strategies http://www.everythingesl.net/inservices/questioning_strategies.php
Involving English language learners in the discussions in their content area classes can be frustrating if teachers do not develop strategies for asking questions.

Judie Haynes' great list of sites. Click on here to read more:

Learning By Design http://www.learningbydesign.ucalgary.ca/visitor/Samples/Samples.jsp
Sample ESL lessons from students of Hetty Roessingh, Univ. of Calgary

Lextutor http://www.lextutor.ca/vp/kids/

Multicultural Literature in Four Themes:http://www.teachingesl.ca/books.html
Elizabeth Coelho's list of Multicultural Literature in Four Themes: Celebrations, Family, Journeys and Transitions

New York Times Online www.nytimes.com/learnin
Click on News Snapshot – daily current events activity at a grade 3-5 reading level including printable student handout and teacher’s page (It is American; you can pick and choose as appropriate); also see Lesson Plan Archive

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab http://www.esl-lab.com/ or simply go to recommanded.lab
This site has many listening quizzes at different levels. You can choose to do the multiple-choice quizzes, listening along with the script, or with text completion.

Settlement Workers (SWIS)
This site has a number of links for newcomers. http://www.settlement.org/

Storyline Online http://www.storylineonline.org

UCLA Language Materials Project
Background information on the historical, cultural, and social roots of a variety of language as well as a map showing where the language is spoken, basic facts about the grammar, writing systems, as well as other sociolinguistic information.

ESL Gold
Great audio and video content; click on Listening and you will have access to Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab (free); also check out the podcasts. www.eslgold.net



· See Languages/ESL as well as Flashcards, Theme Units

· Portal linking to all websites for teachers and learners of English

· Click on CG kids atlas for interactive component
· Has a daily featured lesson plan and featured Canadian place

www.canadahistory.com· Includes a Media Centre, but the site is still under construction
www.usingenglish.com· Tools and resources for students, teachers, learners and academics

www.tolearnenglish.com· Includes online placement tests as well as lessons and exercises; students can find pen pals

www.marksesl.com· Extensive teacher resources


www.songsforteaching.com· Lyrics, cds, downloads including an ESL area

www.eclecticenglish.com· Lots of online practice for ESL learners and a grammar test that gives a rough estimate of level of English

Click on Resources Homepage Everything from ESL teaching resources to webpage creation; list of podcast sites designed for ELL listeners.

Interactive books, phonics games and printouts to teach reading to pre –K to grades 2/3. The contents are multicultural, very engaging and attractive. They also have an educator’s area.

Free online resource for elementary teachers provided by MOE of Ontario and TFO; includes animations, interactive games, and video clips of classroom lessons for teaching reading, writing and math.

Educational video links to over 11,000 videos in 2000 categories – e.g. history, math, science.

Generic Web-based Language Teaching Tools
National Geographic for Kids: http://kidsblogs.nationalgeographic.com/kidsnewsReading is Fun (Reading Planet): http://www.rif.org/readingplanet/content/read_aloud_stories.mspx
Reading Online www.readingonline.org (see Quick Links – ESL)· Website of the International Reading Association
Science News for Kids: http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org
Scholastic (Quick Links on Kids section): http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/index.jspStory Place: http://www.storyplace.org/preschool/other.aspStory Sequencing (PBS Kids: Games) http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/storyscramble/scramble.html
Time for Kids: http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/kids/news
Tumblebooks: http://www.tumblebooks.com/
Weekly Reader: http://weeklyreader.com/featurezone

Make Beliefs Comix: http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/
Visual Thesaurus: http://www.visualthesaurus.com
Visuwords: Online Graphical Dictionary: http://www.visuwords.com/
Writing Fun by Jenny Eather : http://www.writingfun.com/
This website provides online or downloadable text organizers to help ESL students with the writing process of everything from information reports to narratives to poetry.

Language Practice and Use
Fotobabble lets you create talking photos in two clicks. Simply upload a photo and then record your voice directly through your computer to create a talking photo. You can easily share it by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter or embed it into a blog or website.
Fun Brain: http://www.funbrain.com
Starfall: http://www.starfall.com/
Songs: Learn English Kids: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/songsPadlet (formerly called Wallwisher): http://padlet.com/Wordle: http://www.wordle.net

Suggested Reference Sites for Parents and Teachers:
Reading is Fundamental: http://www.rif.org/parents/
Family Treasures-Parents: http://homepages.ucalgary.ca/~hroessin/parents.html
International Children's Digital Library: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/Colorín Colorado: reading tips for parents in many languages: http://colorincolorado.org/Richmond School District www.sd38.bc.caRichmond Continuing Education for Adults/Children http://ce.sd38.bc.ca
Sites for the Primary YearsLanguageGuide : pictures and audio vocab suitable for young and old: http://www.languageguide.org/english/
Starfall: http://www.starfall.com/
Storynory: free audio stories suitable for younger students http://storynory.com/Tumblebooks: http://www.tumblebooks.com/Reading is Fun (Reading Planet): http://www.rif.org/readingplanet/content/read_aloud_stories.mspxStory Place: http://www.storyplace.org/preschool/other.aspStory Sequencing (PBS Kids: Games) http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/storyscramble/scramble.htmlScholastic (Quick Links on Kids section): http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/index.jspSongs: Learn English Kids: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/songs/
Sites for the Intermediate YearsFun Brain: http://www.funbrain.comBrain Pop ESL: http://www.brainpopesl.com/Kid’s Lab (Reading Comprehension): http://www.manatee.k12.fl.us/sites/elementary/samoset/SRW3.htmNational Geographic for Kids: (in English, some Mandarin & Spanish http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/Scholastic (Book Reports): http://www.scholastic.com/kids/homework/sandwich.aspLiteracy interactive resources (UK): http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.htmlEnglish Guide: www.englishguide.orgLearnNowBC: http://www.learnnowbc.ca/
Games for Language Learning http://www.mindsnacks.com/subjects/
Learn any one of 6 languages including English for ESL students, as well as French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish. These apps are for iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone and free! Voted one of the best apps of 2011.

**KitZu** by Orange County Department of Education
At kitZu, you will find a collection of free, educational, copyright-friendly media resources. Students and teachers around the world can access pre-made collections, or "kits," of various digital assets - still images, background music, narratives, video and text. Each kit is built around a common theme, or curricular topic. For students, this becomes the construction paper of the 21st century --allowing them to create reports and projects filled with rich, immersive media for communicating their vision of whatever subjects they chose. (Quote from the site)