June 20, 2014

Fluency or Pronunciation?

Pronunciation accuracy may not be the most important thing for making non-native English speakers easier to understand, but rather it is their fluency, including fewer pauses, restarts and speech rate, according to research from Purdue University.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-05-fluency-outweighs-pronunciation-non-native-english.html#jCp
Pronunciation accuracy may not be the most important thing for making non-native English speakers easier to understand, but rather it is their fluency, including fewer pauses, restarts and speech rate, according to research from Purdue University.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-05-fluency-outweighs-pronunciation-non-native-english.html#jCp
Hello everyone,
A colleague recently sent me a link to Phys-Org and an article titled Fluency outweighs pronunciation for understanding non-native English speakers.
http://phys.org/news/2014-05-fluency-outweighs-pronunciation-non-native-english.htmlby Amy Patterson Neubert - May 9, 2014

This article informs us that the research coming from Purdue University reports that second language English speakers are easier to understand by their fluency more so than their accuracy of pronunciation.

Click here to go to the article.

Ponder this and then let us know if you agree!

Happy Teaching! 

June 16, 2014

ESL Websites to explore!

Hi everyone!
Wow, there are so many websites out there for English Language Development that it is hard to keep up on! Here are a few of my favorites.
Teachers, I would love to hear about your favorites, too!
Happy Teaching,

Type of Website
Blogs for ESL/ELL Teachers
Fun To Teach - Teaching English as a Second Language
Welcome to Fun To Teach's - Teaching English as a Second Language Blog! This blog is for all teachers involved in the education of English Language Learners! Let's learn from each other! Teachers we want to hear from you!

Websites for ESL/ELD Teachers
Vocabulary.co.il is a leading vocabulary website worldwide with the best flash online word games. The vocabulary games include an online word search, an online crossword puzzle, and hangman online (our version is called HangMouse). Users choose the vocabulary list that the online word game will use in the word game. The vocabulary games are popular for use on smart boards for word games to build vocabulary skills in classrooms.

Wow!  This site has a vast array of games and printables ready to go to work for you!  Check out their Math Vocabulary games.  I love them.

LipSync- These cards will engage your students in practicing correct mouth formation for English sounds.  A must have for ESL and ELD teachers teaching pronunciation.  The unique “moving” photographs show students how to form sounds.  Students can actually see the mouth in the photographs move to form sounds!
  • Features 42 cards with real-life photographs that students tilt slowly in order to see the mouth move as it forms the sounds most commonly taught in school

  • Supports phonics (letter-sound relationships), speech and language skills in early readers, English language learners and students working with a therapist or remedial instructor

  • Provides word lists and child-friendly language explaining how to form each sound

  • Includes Teacher’s Guide with activity ideas

  • Grades PreK+

Type of Website

Hoops and Yoyo- Thanks to Hallmark for this funny video site offering manners lessons for kids.  I like to use it for listening comprehension.  Kids really have to listen hard to understand the funny and engaging conversations!

U.S.A Learns-
U.S.A. Learns is a cool site for intermediate elementary and higher grade English Language Learners.  It has audio, visual and more.  It is an outgrowth of a project that was conceived by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL). These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency and problem-solving.  Great free language practice

Busy Teacher Cafe
Busy Teacher's Cafe is a K-6 resource site for busy teachers!  Here you will find resources, ideas, lessons, free printables, and more! Take a look around and enjoy your visit!

There is much to love here.  Check out the phrasal verb flashcards.

MES English
Resources for teachers of young learners. All of the resources are designed to be versatile and useful in many K-6 classrooms.
flashcards, printable worksheets and handouts to match, phonics worksheets, printable ESL games, printable certificates, stickers to print
, and other activities all ready for printing.
Some things on this website are free and some are “thank you” gifts when you make a donation.


Lanternfish ESL Worksheets and Lesson Plans:

LANTERNFISH contains printable teaching resources for language arts, TESOL, TEFL and ESL.


Founded in 1999, BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. Our award-winning online educational resources include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, and BrainPOP ESL. In June 2011, we launched GameUp™, a collection of top free online game titles that tie right in to curriculum. All of our resources are supported by BrainPOP Educators, our teacher community now more than 135,000 members strong and featuring free lesson plans, video tutorials, professional development tools, graphic organizers, best practices, groups and forums, and much more.

Ideal for both group and one-on-one settings, BrainPOP is used in numerous ways in classrooms, at home, and on mobile devices, from introducing a new lesson or topic to illustrating complex subject matter to reviewing before a test. Content is mapped to Common Core, aligned to academic standards, and easily searchable with our online Standards Tool. Uniquely suited for 21st-century learning, all products are fully compatible with interactive whiteboards, learner response systems, projectors, Macs, and PCs. No downloading, installation, or special hardware is required.

BrainPOP was conceived by Dr. Avraham Kadar, M.D., an immunologist and pediatrician, as a creative way to explain difficult concepts to his young patients. Today, we host more than 11 million visits to our web sites each month. We take pride in our in-house team of educators, animators, and writers, who produce and continually improve BrainPOP, incorporating valuable teacher and parent input. We are aided by diverse group of educators who serve as our Academic Advisors.

To start exploring BrainPOP Jr., BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, and BrainPOP ESL, register for our Free Trial. BrainPOP Educators and GameUp are always free.

Read the science-based research that demonstrates BrainPOP's impact and effectiveness.

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This web site is for people studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL). There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities. Even though the primary focus is for ESL, native English speakers may also find some interesting things on this site. This site is non-commercial and has no advertising. TESL/TEFL teachers may want to recommend this site to their students.

I have found many useful aides and activities on manythings.com

iPad Aps for ESL/ELD Teachers

Index Card
Index Card is an app that allows users to customize flash cards and organize them into categories called “Stacks”.

Word Venture
Wordventure is an app that teaches students parts of speech while creating fun stories.

Story Kit
Create an electronic storybook with the free StoryKit app by adding audio to photos or drawings

iThoughtsHD is a mind mapping tool for the iPad. Mindmapping enables you to visually organize your thoughts, ideas and information.

MindMeister lets you create, edit and share your mind maps on the go and synchronize them with the award-winning free online MindMeister service.

Puppet Pals HD
The free Puppet Pals app allows students to create their own unique show with animation and audio.

Speak It!
Speak It! provides advanced text to speech with multitasking features.

Comic Life
Turn your photos into comic layouts with Comic Life. Speech balloons, fonts and filters give you all the tools you need to make the perfect photo comic.

iTranslate translates words and whole words in sentences in 52 languages, and use text to speech with 43 voices in 16 languages

Ispeakspanish is a text translator that uses high quality text to speech synthesis to speak the translated phrase back to you in the target language.

Dragon Dictation

Google Translator - http://translate.google.com/ 

iPad Aps
Word a Day Visuals and Audio by VocabAhead
Word A Day Visuals and Audios increases knowledge of vocabulary through humorous words, images and audio for each word.

Stack the Countries
Similar to Stack the States, Stack the Countries is a game that asks questions about the facts of the world's countries.

Stack the States
Stack the States is an educational game that helps elementary students learn about U.S. geography.

World Atlas HD by National Geographic
National Geographic World Atlas HD providing users with high resolution, press-ready images.

U.S. Geography by Discovery Education
This Discovery Ed app makes learning about our country fun as it is challenging with videos, games and quizzes with curriculum that's aligned to national standards.

iPad Apps
My Math Flash Cards
My Math Flash Cards allows users to master basic elementary math facts.

Kids Math Fun
Kids Math Fun includes a series of math applications for Kindergarten through Fifth grade. Available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Filipino, Turkish, and Korean.

Flashards and Clipart
Click and create picture library and activity builder Bingo ($60)


Math Vocabulary Websites
Form and Function Site Licences
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Grammar Gallery

This is a site based purchased curriculum.

Grammar Gallery is an electronic toolbox designed to support teachers implementing Systematic ELD or another approach to explicit grammar instruction.

The Main Gallery includes 300 downloadable resources, each including concept pictures, sentence frames, a student worksheet, and background information for the teacher.
The Reading Gallery includes 300 downloadable fiction and nonfiction readings that integrate the grammatical forms, language functions, and topics covered in the Main Gallery. Comprehension questions are included with each reading.

The Student Gallery includes grammar reference sheets, writing rules, interactive virtual adventures, and interactive student practice sheets.

Grammar Gallery incorporates more than 5,000 full-color photographs and illustrations, including Picture Prompts that can be used for additional practice and assessment.

Educators love it because it’s …

* Easy to implement and use. No teacher training required!

* Perfect for English learners at all proficiency and grade levels.

* A supplemental program that can be used to build vocabulary, teach grammar, and develop academic language proficiency - all at the same time.

* Adaptable to both low and high technology educational contexts.

* Aligned to the LANGUAGE strand of the Common Core State Standards.

* Extremely cost-effective

Please take some time to explore this site.  It is comprehensive and can save ESL teachers so much time!

Welcome to the Focused ELD Support Pages for the San Diego Unified School District

Focused ELD Curriculum Guides:

Other Resources:

·       Grade Level Planning Supports

·       Frequently Asked Questions

·       Picture Cards by Topic

·       Video

·       Online Resources

·       EL Information for SBRC

·       Contact Information

Smart Boards
Smart Board Lessons

Poetry-Ken Nesbitt

QUIA Grammar Assessment


Click here to download!

Happy Teaching! Lori