ELL Roundtable: 2023
The following resources highlight language and literacy resources for English language learners (ELLs) and including resources for multilingual families.
Tip Sheets & Guides for Families
- A tip sheet in 16 languages
- An animated video available in 8 languages
- An outreach guide with ideas for using the tips and videos with families
Note: See Head Start's The Importance of Home Language Series for more ideas.
This guide offers information on how families can support their children's reading and literacy development at different ages and stages. The guide is available in English on Reading Rockets and in Spanish on Colorín Colorado.
Dr. Alba Ortiz
Dr. Alba Ortiz is one of the nation's leading experts on questions of special education for English language learners (ELLs). In this in-depth interview with Colorín Colorado, Dr. Ortiz discusses challenges related to special education identification and ideas for making ELL families an integral part of all decisions related to students.
Reading SOS: Bilingual Families' Questions About Language and Literacy
In this special video series available in English and Spanish, experts answer real questions from families about reading. This collection focuses on language and literacy topics for bilingual families and features Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan.
All families can help their children become readers! These videos offer practical tips for all families on how to support reading at home. These videos are available in English and Spanish and feature early literacy expert Bernadette Pilar Zermeño.
Multilingual Video Series
These animated videos, available in 8 languages, offer ideas on how families can support their child's literacy through activities that celebrate language, culture, and special time together at home! This project features the artwork of award-winning illustrator Rafael López.
In this special video series, Henry Sales, an Indigenous Mam educator who was born in Guatemala, encourages other Mam and Indigenous families from Latin America to keep their culture and language strong. The videos are available in English, Spanish, and Mam.
You Are Welcome Here is an award-winning 20-minute film from Colorín Colorado highlighting how the Dearborn, MI public school district is helping its immigrant students succeed. The film features Salina Elementary School and Salina Intermediate School in the South End of Dearborn which serve large populations of families from Yemen.
In this video, Ms. Samantha Kirch demonstrates the ways she uses informal assessment to gauge student understanding, as well as the kinds of support offered to ELLs who need some extra practice with the concept of drawing conclusions.
Teacher Christina Guerra: Sharing students' strengths with families
Fourth-grade teacher Christina Guerra talks about the importance of letting families know that you understand their child's strengths, especially when talking about special education needs and services.
Dr. Karen Woodson: Developing a new ELD model through teacher leadership
Dr. Karen Woodson describes the teacher-led process that her school went through to create an equitable instructional model for ELLs at the school based on the collaboration of literacy and ELL teams.
Articles & Resources for Educators
- 8 Strategies for Preschool ELLs' Language and Literacy Development
- A Word Beginning with "T": "Maestra"
- 10 Things You Need to Learn About Your English Language Learners
- 5 Myths About English Language Learners (ELLs) and Special Education
- The PRESS-In Model: Turning All Students into Readers
- A Hidden Language: Supporting Students Who Speak Mixtec
- Helping English Language Learners Succeed with a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS)
- The "bilingual brain" and reading research: Questions about teaching English Learners to read in English
- How to Build Partnerships with Immigrant Families
- Special Education and Your Child: FAQs for Multilingual Families
- English Language Learners in Special Education: How to Partner With Your Students' Families
- Supporting Latinx Families in Special Education Decisions (ASCD)
If you teach English language learners (ELLs), there are many ways you can support your students’ literacy development! This in-depth series offers multiple strategies and considerations related to ELLs' literacy instruction, along with related resources and videos
Image credit: Photo by Allison Shelley for EDUimages / Verbatim Photos
The following books for young children (babies, toddlers, and PreK/K) introduce a wide range of concepts, themes, and activities sure to spark lots of imagination, conversation, and learning! Many of these titles feature a diverse range of children and families, and some are available in bilingual editions. They also provide great examples of ways to include culturally relevant and diverse content when teaching young children about new concepts.
Bilingual Picture Books: Stories Featuring Spanish Vocabulary Words
Learn more about this form of translanguaging in our article Windows and Mirrors: Latinx Experiences in Children's Literature.
Colorín on the Go!
Colorín on the Go is a new web app from Colorín Colorado for teachers of English language learners (ELLs)! It offers more than 100 practical, shareable strategies featuring our most popular content across topics such as:
- ideas for new teachers of ELLs
- ELL instruction
- family engagement
- social and emotional support
You can get to Colorín on the Go by visiting go.colorincolorado.org from any device or using this QR code: