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English Language Learners Resources


National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
NABE is the only national professional organization that represents both language-minority students and the bilingual education professionals who serve them. NABE works to improve instructional practice, professional development, funding for programs, and the rights of language-minority Americans.
Grades: K - 12
Teachers of English to Speakers of other languages (TESOL)
TESOL is a professional association dedicated to excellence in English language teaching to speakers of other languages from preschool to adult. Its program focuses on advocacy, professional development, research and standards. The TESOL website includes information about their publications, news, and career links for teachers.
Grades: K - 12

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Bibliographies and Research Guides

English Language Learners
A selected list of resources available from the Curriculum Materials Center that can help develop strategies for teaching English Language Learners.
Grades: K - 12
Spanish Language Children's Books
Selected children's books written in Spanish for children from preschool to middle school that are available from the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library.
Grades: PreK - 8

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Find-A-Cognate Database
Developed by Dr. Jose Montelongo this database can identify a Spanish Cognate for an English Word, or an English Cognate for a Spanish Word. (Cognates are words in different languages that look and sound similiar.) Cognates can be used to increase the vocabulary skills of bilingual students.
Grades: K - 12
World Book Online
Online version of the World Book Encyclopedia also includes an atlas, a dictionary, as well as a version for young children and a Spanish student encyclopedia.
Grades: 2 - 12

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Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

Activities for ESL Students
Over 1,000 online activities to practice grammar and vocabulary skills. Skills are organized by easy, medium and advanced, as well as by browser requirements. The crossword puzzles, bilingual quizzes and other activites are contributed by teachers through The Internet TESL Journal.
Grades: K - 12
American English
Developed by the U.S. Department of State this website is designed to help English learners acquire English language skills and understand American culture. The website provides extensive resources to teachers and learners. Trace Effects is a videogame within this website that was created to help students from grades 6-10 learn English.
Grades: 4 - 10
Bilingual Resources for Teachers
This webpage from Houghton Mifflin's Education Place includes bibliographies of books used in their Spanish Reading Program, Invitaciones. It also includes links organized by topics of Spanish and bi-lingual resources that are available online.
Grades: K - 5
Colorin Colorado
Subtitles: A bilingual website for families and educators of English language learners. Colorin Colorado contains information, strategies, activities, and resources for teachers who work with English learners. Activities are designed for PreK-3, but many can be adapted for older students. Sponsored by WETA (a public television station) with support from the American Federation of Teachers, National Institute for Literacy and the U.S. Department of Education.
Grades: PreK - 3
Education Place
Provided by textbook publisher, Houghton Mifflin, this website provides online support for their textbook series, as well as lesson plans (for a variety of topics), graphic organizers, handouts and activities for themes, outline maps, and links current event websites for kids.
Grades: K - 8
ELLLO (English Listening Lesson Library Online)
Using video and audio recordings, ELLLO helps students learn English. Searchable by level, topic, country and media, most video or audio recordings are accompanied by a transcript. Vocabulary and phrases are defined in writing as well as through audio clips.
Grades: 6 - 12
English Central
Using popular videos this web-based program helps students learn to read, speak and understand English. Requires registration but there are some "courses" that are free of charge, prices range from $3.00 to $44.00 for modules. Earphones and microphones are needed for each student. Uses popular videos
Grades: 3 - 12
Focusing on British English, this website offers ESL learners and teachers links for listening, speaking, reading writing, grammar, writing, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Founded by Josef Essberger, it includes games and quizzes to test students' knowledge in ESL. Students can also participate in ESL forums with teachers, find ESL schools around the world and get exams off the Internet.
Grades: K - 12
ESL Kidstuff
ESL KidStuff is geared toward teachers of younger ESL students. It includes an extensive library of flashcards, worksheets, games, songs, and links to other ESL websites. While some resources may be accessed for free, a Membership fee is required for full access to resources.
Grades: PreK - 5
James Trotta designed for adult students of English as a Second language or foreign language and their teachers. The website has free online English grammar and vocabulary classes. There are also links to forums, speaking activities, an ESL bookstore and more.
Grades: 3 - 12
From the founders of Over 200 free English grammar and vocabulary worksheets. Includes special sections such as phrasal verb training and holidays.
Grades: K - 12
ESL lesson plans, teaching tips, graphic organizers and recommended resources for ESL teachers in K-12 classrooms are available from this website created by ESL teacher Judie Haynes. An "Ask Judie" forum is available, as well as links to other ESL websites.
Grades: K - 12
For English as a Second Language: TPR exercises
A series of exercises that incorporate TPR (Total Physical Response) as a strategy for teaching a language. The exercises include audio, visual images and reading. Developed by Henny Jellama.
Grades: 3 - 12
The founders of provide movie trailers with listening comprehension questions, as well as reading comprehension tests. A list of American slang and idioms is also included. For high school and up.
Grades: 9 - 12
Interesting Things for ESL Students
Word games, puzzles, quizzes, exercises for practicing grammar, reading, pronunciation, slang and proverbs. Authors Charles and Lawrence Kelly also give guidelines for designing your own website for ESL students.
Grades: K - 12
Into the Book
Into the Book provides both a student and teacher website to focus on interactive reading strategies. The videos and online learning activities were developed by the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Grades: K - 5
ESL portal with a wide variety of exercises and resources for students and teachers of English. Includes free grammar and vocabulary exercises, worksheets and media-based listening comprehension exercises, lists of idioms and phrasal verbs. Developed by three ESL teachers.
Grades: 3 - 12
Literactive provides levelled guided readers, phonic activities and interactive games for pre-school through grade 1. All the material is available for free from this site but registration is required. Includes materials specifically designed for English language learners.
Grades: PreK - 1
National Science Digital Library (NSDL)
Developed by the National Science Foundation the NSDL includes digital resources and collections such as the Math Common Core Collection, Science Literacy Collections, Science Refreshers and Bilingual Resources. The collections include digital learning objects, podcasts, lesson plans, and other teaching activities.
Grades: K - 12
Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
Using Real Player or Divace, students can practice their listening skills with a variety of listening quizzes written at different skill levels. Randall S. Davis created these exercises for ESL teachers and students. Pre and post activities provide additional support.
Grades: 3 - 12
Designed to teach reading through phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension this free program includes interactive games, stories and other activities. Divided into four levels: ABC's, Learn to read, It's fun to read and I'm reading.
Grades: PreK - 2

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Other Resources

Dave's ESL Cafe
Dave's ESL Cafe links to various ESL topics, discussion forums, chatrooms, even a job center. Created by Dave Sperling, this site provides exercises and quizzes for practicing grammar, writing, vocabulary, idioms and slang for both teachers and students.
Grades: 3 - 12
English Language Proficiency Standards
WIDA (World-class Instructional Design and Assessment), a consortium of states dedicated to high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners developed these standards for English Language Proficiency. WIDA educational products and services fall into three main categories: standards and assessments, professional development for educators, and research.
Grades: PreK - 12
ESL Loop
This site is "a collection of Sites relevant to English Language Teaching and Learning on the World-Wide Web." This webring is useful for ESL teachers looking for links to new ideas or additional resources for teaching ESL. Sponsored by The Linguistic Funland.
Grades: 3 - 12
I Learn America--Human Library
Inspired by the film, I Learn America (available in streaming format through NJVid) the Human Library consists of first person stories of immigrant teens. Students must register to share their own stories. The stories may be sorted by categories including state, school, country of origin, etc.
Grades: 6 - 12
What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)
Developed by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), part of the U.S. Department of Education, this website identifies education practices that are based on reviews of education research. It includes a searchable database of research studies that have been reviewed.
Grades: PreK - 12

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