Norwell Technology Resources
English Language Learning
Massachusetts web page on WIDA
ACCESS for ELLs
WIDA language development standards
MCAS participation requirements for ELLs
MCAS approved bilingual dictionaries
Colorín Colorado – A bilingual Spanish/English website for families and teachers of English language Learners
National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language Instruction Educational Programs - A comprehensive and informative site on Bilingual Education. The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) to collect, analyze, and disseminate information relating to the effective education of linguistically and culturally diverse students in the U.S.
English and the International Phonetic Alphabet:
Online Dictionary - It includes pronunciation symbols and an audio feature so you can hear the correct pronunciation of words. Sample sentences and definitions are clear.
ESL Glossary of terms
Modifying instruction, homework, and assessment for ESL students in mainstream classes:
Helping ESL students understand what they read:
Preparing tests and worksheets:
Picture Flashcards and printables. Print off materials already made as well as customize it for unique situation.
Readworks.org: A wealth of reading resources by grade and topic. Useful if you need readings on a topic at a different proficiency level. Audio available!
For Teachers – SEI Resources
SEI Lesson Checklist
The GO TO Strategies: Scaffolding Options for Teachers of ELLs, K-12
Colorin Colorado: Offers a wealth of bilingual, research-based information, activities, and advice for educators and families of English language learners (ELLs).
Help! They Don’t Speak English Starter Kit
RETELL and Interactive Strategies: Tremendous resource!
Adapt-a-Strategy: Suggestions and links for adjusting lessons for your ELL students.
Google search for an excellent downloadable PDF with a summary of many SEI strategies: “Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Strategy Guide for ELL/Bilingual Learners, Keeneyville Elementary School District 20 Faculty ELL/Bilingual Committee”
For ELL Students and Teachers - Web sites
Language activities for students
Education Place - Provided by Houghton Mifflin, this interactive site for kids is divided by Grades K-5 and Grades 6-8.
The EFL Playhouse - Geared to younger ELLs, this resource has a range of songs, games, rhymes, and finger-plays to introduce them to English.
ESL Kids World - This resource hosts a range of printable worksheets and flashcards as well as online games and songs that parents can use to engage their kids in language learning.
Hello World - has more than 800 games and activities in English, all of which are completely free.
Internet Picture Dictionary - helps kids learn English words and has translations in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Learn the Alphabet - This simple but effective website allows young learners to watch a video about each letter of the alphabet.
Interesting Activities for ELL students
Brain Pop – Student Activities divided by language level
Phonics reading program
Games for students
Language activities. Recommend the “Matching” and Spelling” activities
Picture books read out loud in videos
ABC Phonics - phonics tutorial with sounds and cartoons for all ages.
Reading is Fundamental - many stories for Pre-K-2 students.
Storyplace - a digital library in English and Spanish.
PBS Kids - videos and games for K-2 featuring PBS characters. "WordPlay" can be used for students in grades 3-4. Sequencing activity where students hear a story and put pictures in order (select the Arthur character).
Game Goo - Learning that sticks - great learning games for younger children.
Science Explorations - puzzles, games and listening activities about multiple science subjects (by grade level).
Grammar Gorillas - for advanced beginners in grades 3-5.
Bookhive.com - multicultural children's stories told by famous storytellers. Click on "Listen to a story." For Grades 2-5.
Flashcard Maker - program for children to make flashcards with useful tips on how to use the flashcards. Grades 3-8.
Science vocabulary - label pictures using science vocabulary. Grades 4-8.
Songs - provide an opportunity for ELL students to learn common English children's songs.
Song lyrics –songs by Cat Stevens, Beatles, Monkeys, etc.
Club Bing – vocabulary games.
ESL Bears - hundreds of exercises and games in pronunciation, reading and vocabulary. Grades 3-8.
Homophone game - match homophones in this concentration game. Grades 4-8.
ESL and Archie Comics - good vocabulary and comprehension lesson plans using comic strips. Grades 5-12.
Vocabulary - a collection of vocabulary games for ELL students. Grades 6-12.
Word builder – great site for phonics practice.
Fun Brain - many interactive games for ELL students.
Learning Planet, Kids Page - many educational games with audio to practice listening comprehension organized by grade levels (PK-K, 1-3, 4-6, 7 and up).
Learning Vocabulary – basic vocabulary for kids and adults!
Gamequarium - great games for ELLs – especially the sentence structure games.
Internet Picture Dictionary - an internet picture dictionary with online games in multiple languages.
Activities for ESL Students - many activities including bilingual quizzes for ELLs organized by level.
Grammar Blast – A variety of grammar activities organized by grade level.
Sentence Sorting - Great sentence sorting activity.
Game Aquarium – many good educational games.
Interesting Things for ESL Students
One Stop English
The Newbury House Online Dictionary contains over 40,000 entries and is based on the Newbury House Dictionary of American English. Providing simple and clear definitions, this online tool provides a wealth of sample sentences, idioms, and a wide array of cultural facts and figures.
John and Sarah's TEFL Pitstop - several ideas for games that ESL/EFL teachers can use to reinforce language learning. Directions and game-boards to print out http://www.lingolex.com/jstefl.htm
Developing Teachers.com - Listed as a web resource for the developing language teacher, this site provides newsletters about teaching, teaching methodologies, lesson plans, and weekly teaching tips. Newsletters and tips are archived, but you can also subscribe to receive these by email. Developing Teachers.com is a commercial site that also offers email courses for language teachers.
Antimoon.com: Learn English Effectively - The focus of the site is motivation and techniques for effectively learning English. The authors of the site do not see grammar exercises as the way. There are reviews of techniques, pronunciation guides, and accounts of how the authors learned English. Requires an intermediate reading level.
Everything ESL -Good things for elementary ESL classes. Includes lesson plans, teaching tips from a variety of sources, the owner's pick of ESL resources, and discussion boards. There is also a discussion board where you can ask the site owner questions.
English-Zone - A huge array of activities for English learners and teachers
There are online activities as well as lessons that can be reproduced for classroom use. There is way too much on the site for me to list it all here. All skills are covered, and there is also a phrasal verbs and a preposition dictionary with exercises for reinforcement.
1-Language.com - an extensive selection of resources for the ESL teacher, from flashcards to grammar lessons
There's real time chat, for students who want to chat with others, and forums (although somewhat sparse in postings as of this listing). One of the best things are current news articles, which are available as readings and audio recordings. Each article is accompanied by various exercises.
Using English.com - A compendium of quite a lot of different things. There are discussions, a bulletin board, a grammar reference, online tests, and more. Many more materials than when the site was first reviewed several years ago.
Vocaboly - Using this shareware program, you can review vocabulary through a variety of exercises, tests, and games. You can download the program for free and then pay for it if you find it useful. Teachers and learners can customize the program with their own vocabulary. The program is only available for Windows.
Learning Vocabulary Can Be Fun - There are five online games for students to practice vocabulary: word search, crossword, hangman, matching, and multiple choice quiz. The vocabulary is grouped in categories. Since the items are fixed, you would need to check that your lesson includes the vocabulary used. The interfaces are very good, with cute graphics and sounds.
Breaking News English - Ready to use lesson plans that address speaking, reading, and listening skills. Each lesson plan has a reading (intermediate and a low-advanced version of each reading is available), which serves as the basis for discussion, word development, and a variety of listening exercises. A Word/PDF version of each lesson is available (formatted for duplication) as well as an MP3 of the reading to use for the listening exercises.
MES English - Unlike many other resources, this site focuses on ready-to-print games that focus on younger English learners. The games include variations on Pokemon, Monopoly, and Battleship. There are also materials to work on Phonics. The materials are in PDF format and need to be printed out for classroom use. Instructions for use are provided, but some of the materials, such as the Big Town cards, can be easily adapted by a teacher for his/her own classroom needs. Mark Cox also has a series of Flash grammar games at his companion site, ESL City.
Learn English Feel Good - The contents of the site are quite worthwhile. There are exercises, worksheets, video clips with listening comprehension questions, idioms, and a discussion of differences between UK and US English
Hello World - This site is appropriate for beginning level English learners of any age. Activities are interactive and address more than one learning modality. For example, an activity on describing people allows the user to click on radio buttons that change the appearance of a cartoon figure. Each click is accompanied by a spoken sentence that describes the change in the cartoon figure.