Listenwise is a website that offers teachers free access to curated public radio stories and podcasts along with supporting materials that have a special emphasis on current events as well as other content areas. Listenwise also includes resources that are particularly helpful for ELLs, such as interactive transcripts, tiered vocabulary lists, graphic organizers for active listening, and reduced speed audio. (Learn more about these resources as part of Listenwise's Premium features for schools.)
In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Listenwise's founder, former public radio journalist Monica Brady-Myerov, shares what she has learned about teaching and assessing listening for students, particularly ELLs.
In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Lynn Shafer Willner and Mira Monroe describe three steps to a "can do" approach when it comes to designing and differentiating instruction for ELLs who are struggling — in other words, building upon student strengths and abilities rather than focusing on weaknesses.
We have collected some helpful lesson plans as well as discussion guides for talking about the results of the 2016 election. We also offer suggestions for creating welcoming schools for all students.
In this blog post, I’ll share an exciting, recently published new book to help ELLs access the CCSS. I’ll first provide you some background on the book, will then point out some of the book’s contents, and will close with unique features of the book that struck me when reading it.
This blog post highlights three resources developed by Achieve the Core that you can use to provide support to your ELLs
Diane Staehr Fenner describes California's new English Language Arts/English Language Development (ELA/ELD) Framework and its distinctive features, themes, and guidance. She also offers some ideas on what this framework could mean for teachers in their work with ELLs.
ESL educator Areli Schermerhorn shares ideas for using primary sources with ELLs and a sample 7th-grade Social Studies lesson plan.
We are excited to share Diane Staehr Fenner's new outstanding article from Educational Leadership, outlining three practical strategies for ELL assessment.
In this post, we want to share updates on the new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA,) and responses from educational organizations regarding implications for ELLs.
In this piece, Diane examines four particular challenges associated with implementing the CCSS in dual language settings and for each challenge provides some CCSS resources for teachers and administrators who educate ELLs in dual language programs.