The first year of working with English language learners (ELLs) can be full of challenges. Fortunately, there are a number of resources to help! Colorín Colorado has compiled this list to help new ELL teachers navigate their experiences in the classroom. These resources may also be helpful for veteran teachers who are new to teaching ELLs.
ELL Starter Kit for Educators
This booklet from Colorín Colorado offers informal assessment and monitoring forms, a bilingual glossary, and a list of English-Spanish cognates. The booklet can be downloaded for free as a PDF.
You can find more great ELL instruction resources in our Teaching ELLs section!
About ELLs: Guides for Instruction
- Getting to know your students
- Teaching reading to ELLs
- Homework and assessment for ELLs
- Working with parents of ELLs
Monthly Newsletter for ELL Educators
The T.ELL.E-GRAM is Colorín Colorado's free monthly e-newsletter for ELL educators offering research-based strategies, book and resource recommendations, and news from the ELL field.
Judie Haynes is a veteran ELL educator and creator of everythingESL.net, an excellent website filled with tips, strategies, and great ideas! This particular list offers a number of tips that will be particularly helpful for new ELL teachers as they plan for instruction and classroom management.
This group of teacher-researchers met and became friends during the graduate school program (MAT in teacher education) at Lewis and Clark College. Their shared goal was to learn about the strengths and needs of their ELL students through the power of conducting and sharing case study research. This article shares a glimpse of their conversations and reflections about their ELLs.
Video: What advice would you give new ELL teachers?
Whether you are brand new to the teaching profession or are a veteran educator who is just starting to work with ELLs, you'll find these tips from other ELL educators helpful!
This video playlist is also available on YouTube.