Finding ways to connect and engage our English Learners, both adults and children, without in person instruction can be a challenge. WAESOL is putting together this page as a way to help you as a teacher, student, or parent to locate useful resources as we move to online and at home teaching.
WAESOL will also soon be launching online PD for teachers in the form of interactive ZOOM sessions. Be on the look out for emails regarding these sessions very soon.
WIDA March 2020 Teaching Multilingual Learners Online offers suggestions and useful resources for teaching online.
Institute of Education Sciences: FAQ on Meeting the Needs of English Learners in an Online Environment provides useful information applicable to both adult and k-12 with links to a variety of resources.
Pre K-12 Resources and Materials
Washington State OSPI Resources for Continuous Learning During School Closures. This page includes links to resources for teachers, leaders, and families. Descriptions of resources organized by content area are included.
Colorin Colorado has ELL teacher and family resources for connecting to families and teaching/learning in this time of coronavirus as well as their usual professional development and teacher resources.
Learning A-Z has free resources for the rest of the school year. This site has been mentioned to me by various teachers over the years and yes, they do have ELL specific materials (ELL Edition). The materials have a k-5 focus and include alignment to various states’ EL standards, including ELPA21.
Scholastic Learn at Home has videos, articles, activities and lessons for pre K through 9th grade. Like many teachers, I’ve often gravitated towards the Scholastic materials at the school book fairs and with a little creativity have been able to adapt them to be used with my ELLs. Some articles have two reading lexile options.
National Geographic Education has a variety of online resources for at home teaching, including a daily live podcast at 2:00 EDT (11:00 PDT) with NatGeo Explorers. Although not EL specific, there are differentiated reading levels for the articles in the lessons.
VOOKS is a site I just discovered for elementary grades. It has animated books online that also highlights the text as it is read. It has a free one year subscription for teachers and has lesson plans and activities for each book. Although not EL specific, it has animation, highlighting of text, and activities that seem to lend themselves to effective EL strategies. Worth checking out!
University and Adult Resources
From our WAESOL Publishers
Pearson has k-12 and higher ed resources for working and learning online.
Forums and Blogs
The public Facebook group Online Learning Collective is a great forum with educators from all subject areas and levels.
Education Week blog has a multi-part series specifically for ELL teachers by Larry Ferlazzo. It’s free, but you have to register to see it all.
Our friend from WAESOL’s sister organization, BCTEAL, Nathan Hall has a blog and a YouTube channel full of online and tech tools he uses and explains. It’s quite comprehensive! https://nathanghall.wordpress.com/
Cambridge University Press ELT Facebook page