Resources for First-Year ELL Teachers

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 Instruction

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


These professional books written by experts offer a great introduction working with ELLs of all ages. Each guide covers a number of helpful topics, including:

  • 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.

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.

Featured educators include:

More Resources for First-Year Teachers

Teaching Reading

Recommended Resources


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