- Getting to Know Your ELLs: Six Steps for Success
- Creating a Welcoming Classroom Environment
- Making Your First ELL Home Visit: A Guide for Classroom Teachers
- 10 Things Mainstream Teachers Can Do Today to Help ELLs Succeed
- Five Things Teachers Can Do to Improve Learning for ELLs in the New Year
Books and Booklists
Guides and Toolkits
Research and Reports
- Teaching English Language Learners: What the Research Does — and Does Not — Say
- The Role of English Teachers in Educating English Language Learners (ELLs)
- What Teachers Should Know About Instruction for ELLs
- Lessons Learned: New Teachers Talk About Their Jobs, Challenges, and Long-Range Plans (Part III: Teaching in Changing Times)
EverythingESL.net is a website created by ELL veteran educator Judie Haynes, filled with practical, hands-on ideas for the classroom. Judie covers topics such as helping ELLs interact with their English-speaking peers, ideas for differentiated instruction, and activity and lesson plan ideas for events throughout the year.
Veteran teacher Larry Ferlazzo and some of his colleagues answer the question: How do I teach a newcomer, with next-to-zero English proficiency, who is placed in my mainstream classroom without any additional outside support being provided?
This report from Education Northwest outlines 14 key principles that will help guide classroom and content-area teachers in their planning for ELL instruction and provides instructional implications for each principle.
This brief produced by the National Council of Teachers of English gives an excellent quick overview of ELL issues, including population statistics, recent ELL policy, and recommendations for effective instruction. There is also an extensive reference list where you can find other great resources.
This toolkit offers great ideas on a wide range of topics, including ways to promote literacy and math learning, fair assessment and evaluation practices, and suggestions for getting ELLs' parents actively involved in school. You'll find lots of "grab and go" resources like games, lesson plans, and graphic organizers, as well as step-by-step descriptions of effective classroom strategies, such as total physical response and cooperative learning.
Miscommunication between ELLs and native speakers can result from cultural differences, as well as language differences. This article describes how ESL teachers can help colleagues understand the role culture plays in their ELL students' interactions with others, and includes specific examples of cultural differences that sometimes cause misunderstandings.