Volume 10 No 2 Spring 2014
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The Best Resources For Learning About Common Core Standards & English Language Learners
Educator and author Larry Ferlazzo has compiled almost 50 sources to elucidate how the Common Core State Standards apply to ELL education.
The Best Resources For Learning About Common Core Standards
& English Language Learners

Virtual Library of ESL Lesson Plans
This website provides dozens of well-designed, detailed lesson plans, many of which include handouts and assessment tools.  Most of the materials were developed and tested in North Carolina community colleges under the sponsorship of EL/CIVICS (English Literary/Civics Education) grants from the US Department of Education. While these learning activities were developed for use with beginning to advanced students at the community college level, most of them can be easily adapted for students at the secondary school level. Topics include government, citizenship, community resources, American culture, employment, and social conventions.
A Virtual Library of Lesson Plans web site

Web Resources for Teachers

Rachel's English
Over 300 free videos on American English pronunciation, including suprasegmentals. Excellent, extensive collection of video clips from real life, which can be exploited for listening comprehension, conversation starters, and cultural information.

Top experts in TESOL offer suggestions for a variety of learning activities.

ESL Techies
ESL Techies are technology integration specialists who help teachers and administrators maximize the potential uses of technology in the ESL classroom

Adjusting Lessons for ESL Students
A resource for classroom teachers with suggestions about how to adapt instruction to ELLs. Topics range from introducing new vocabulary to using movies in clsss. The site includes numerous links to a variety of supporting web resources.

Oral English Activities

A varied range of 28 classroom activities to get students speaking

Kindergarten - 8
Colorin Colorado


Houghton Mifflin Education Place

Learning Vocabulary Can Be Fun

The EFL Playhouse

The Teacher's Desk: Writing Plans

Upper Levels/General



ESL Lesson Plans and Resources

ESL Blues

ESL Resource Center

Dave's ESL Cafe

Activities for ESL Students (The Internet TESL Journal)

Interesting Things for ESL Students (Charles Kelly & Lawrence Kelly)

The Idiom Connection



Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab

ESL Independent Study Lab: Listening

ESL Independent Study Lab

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

The Internet TESL Journal

Pedagogy and Content-based Instruction

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Online Publications of the US Department of State
The Office of English Language Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State, creates and implements high quality, targeted English language programs in specific regions and countries of the world. The Office offers two online publications which support its mission:

1) English Teaching Forum, a quarterly journal containing articles addressing pedagogical issues and providing teaching materials and lesson plans.

2) English Teaching Forum Electronic Journals: Language and Civil Society and Language and Life Sciences These journals contain ready-to-use lesson plans and each chapter contains background information, classroom-ready activities, and related resources and references. (Editor's note: While these journals are designated for use at the intermediate level, they seem more appropriate for advanced-level students and could be especially useful for ESL instructors in colleges and universities.)

Government Resources
US Department of Education
Office of English Language Acquisition

NC State Board of Education

NC Department of Public Instruction

NC Department of Public Instruction: North Carolina NCLB News

Organizations and Programs
National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
TESOL (National)

Carolina TESOL

Latin American Resource Center (LARC)

Learn NC

World View
NEA Resources for English Language Learners