John Carlson

R.A.C.E.S. – An Excellent Academic Writing Framework for ELLs

RACES Academic Writing Framework for ELLs

Duration: 15-20 minutes Type: Individual / Partners What you will need for R.A.C.E.S. A question that requires students to analyze a text  Sentence stems for a proper response Lined paper A deck of playing cards (Optional) Overview of R.A.C.E.S. This is a wonderful activity to help students structure their writing, but writing can still be a …

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Make Grade-Level Texts Fall-Out-of-Your-Seat Funny and Memorable for ELLs

Madlibs Method Fun and Effective ESL Reading Activity

Duration: 5-20 minutes Type: Group/Partner What You’ll Need for This ESL Reading Activity Challenging or Key Portion of a Grade-Level Text Copies of the Text for Each Student (Photocopy or Digital) An Open Mind About Student Humor Overview of This ESL Reading Activity: This is such a fun activity to help engage your EL readers! …

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Practical Strategies for Teaching Academic Language to ELLs

Practical Strategies for Teaching Academic Language to English Learners 2

In this article… Why we need to routinely model academic language.  How to Lesson Plan and Assess Academic Language Use Examples of Academic Language to Teach Resources for Teaching Academic Language Grab a free Sentence Stem Lesson Plan and Discussion Resource ->  Why is Academic Language Important? Academic language is a key factor if you want your English …

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LDI – Listen Discuss Identify – ESL Vocabulary Activity

Duration: 5-10 minutes Type: Whole Class with Teams What You Will Need for Listen, Discuss, Identify 1 Set of Vocabulary Words 1 Set of Pictures Illustrating the Vocabulary Words Overview of Listen, Discuss, Identify You describe a target vocabulary word. On small teams, students listen, and then discuss which picture from a set of provided …

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Digital Planner Download

ESL TeachersDownload Your Digital Planner BelowThere are 3 versions to choose from! These are PDF planners with navigation links best used with tablets with a stylus and an annotation app like Good Notes or Notability. Kid-Inspired Digital Planner for ESL Teachers – GreenClick the download button below to download your planner. It’s a big file. …

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Sentence Stems: Can They Improve Your English Learners’ Discussion and Writing?

In this article, you’ll find: Practical tips on using sentence stems with your K-12 English learners  Free resources to help you get started (scroll down to download). What are sentence stems and why use them? Sentence stems are often confused with sentence frames. Valentina Gonzalez gives an excellent explanation of the difference between the two …

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Independent Online ESL Teachers Facebook Group

Wanting to start your own online ESL teaching business? You belong here.Join a community of like-minded English language teachers just like you for support and awesome resources. Here are some great reasons to join: ResourcesEngaging, effective resources to help you on your journey. CommunityA loving, supportive environment for discussion. StrategiesGet up and running more quickly and effectively.Join …

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8 Practical Steps to Creating an Online ESL Teaching Business

8 Practical Steps to Creating an Online ESL Teaching Business Download the Checklist Starting Your Own Online Teaching Business Isn’t As Hard As You Think Here is a list of the most important things you need if you’re going to start your own business.  Now… Don’t get intimidated. Though some of these things can be overwhelming or …

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10 Thrilling ESL Task Card Activities to Get Amazing Results from Your ELLs

In this article… …you’ll learn some stellar activities to use with your English learners as well as get a Free set of task cards focusing on academic language usage. Let’s jump right in! Grab the Free Resource Why Task Cards? Task cards are a wonderfully effective and flexible tool that you can use for a …

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How to Make Asynchronous Learning Effective and Engaging

How to Make Asynchronous Learning Effective & Engaging for Your ELLs In this article: What are synchronous and asynchronous learning? What are the benefits of asynchronous learning? How do we make asynchronous learning engaging for ELLs? What online tools are there for asynchronous learning? Course content for asynchronous learning. Trying to learn how to teach …

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Engaging ELLs Facebook Group

Wish You Had More Support & Resources for Teaching English Learners?Join our FREE Facebook community of like-minded English language teachers just like you for support and awesome resources. Here are some great reasons to join: ResourcesEngaging, effective resources to help your students close the gap. CommunityA loving, supportive environment for discussing teaching strategies. Close the GapHelp …

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Awesome Graphic Organizers to Unlock Your ELLs Interest

Graphic Organizers for Your ELLsYou can use these graphic organizers to help scaffold reading comprehension for your English learners.Download them by hitting the link below.Free Pack Includes the organizers pictured below as well as 2 more! Click below to download the pack.5W & 1H Graphic OrganizerMain Ideas & Details Graphic OrganizerTimeline Graphic Organizer Next Step …

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3-Step Close Reading Strategy for Beginner Readers

Fluency Reading Passages for English Learners

3-Step Close Reading for Beginner Readers & Free ESL Reading Worksheets for Beginners Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Pin0 Grab some free fluency readers to use with the 3-step Close Reading methods in this article. Get the Readers 3-Step Close ESL Reading for BeginnersFirst: Choose a Text …you’ll need to choose an appropriate text. You’ll want ESL reading worksheets or …

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Co-Teaching Models for Meaningful Collaboration

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FREE Co-Planning PackClick below to grab a FREE Co-Planning Forms Pack for lesson planning with a colleague. Get the Free Pack Co-Teaching Models for Meaningful Collaboration Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Pin0 Teachers are awesome. Hands down. No question. But they are also a little territorial ?. I’m going to show you some research-backed ways to create meaningful collaborative …

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Online ESL Teaching Activity: Scavenger Hunt

Fun and Effective Online ESL Teaching Activity Scavenger Hunt (600x600)

Online ESL Teaching Activity:Scavenger HuntDuration: 15-20 MinutesType: Individuals/Small GroupsWhat you will need:Zoom App or Google HangoutsList of Items to Scavenge for (Images to represent vocabulary words, or an image to represent a paragraph, sentences that include particular vocabulary words, etc)Fun Reward for the Winning TeamOverview:Students work individually or in small groups to look for items …

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Online ESL Teaching Activity: Google Maps Trip Planning

Fun and Effective Online ESL Teaching Activity Google Maps Trip Planning (600x600)

Online ESL Teaching Activity:Trip PlanningDuration: 15-20 MinutesType: Small Groups OnlineWe have done something similar to this in a classroom setting, but I haven’t tried it out online yet. I’d love to know what you think.What you will need:Meeting App (Zoom, Google Hangouts) Google MapsList of Objectives for Students to Complete (See Below)Overview:Students get in small groups …

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5th Grade ESL Teaching Curriculum Guide and Resources

ESL Teaching Curriculum Guide - 5th Grade

In this article:Overview5th Grade StandardsDifferentiatingActivities & StrategiesMaterials & Resources Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Pin0 5th Grade FoundationsIn this article, I have pulled together and summarized grade 5 standards as well as best practices for helping English learners at different levels meet those standards. You will walk away with a better understanding of what goals to focus on …

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4th Grade ESL Teaching Curriculum Guide and Resources

ESL Teaching Curriculum Guide - 4th Grade

ESL Teaching Curriculum Guide & Resources 4th Grade In this article:Overview4th Grade StandardsDifferentiatingActivities & StrategiesMaterials & Resources Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Pin0 4th Grade FoundationsIn this article, I have pulled together and summarized grade 4 standards as well as best practices for helping English learners at different levels meet those standards. Before we get to the specific standards …

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3rd Grade ESL Teaching Curriculum Guide and Resources

ESL Teaching Curriculum Guide - 2nd Grade

In this article: Overview 3rd Grade Standards Differentiating Activities & Strategies Materials & Resources 3rd Grade Foundations for ELLs Before we get to the specific standards for grade 3 students, it is helpful to recognize that grade 3 standards require certain basic skills that not all English learners necessarily possess. Here are a few foundations …

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Teaching Grade Level Content to ESL Students Overview

ESL Teaching Curriculum Grade Level Guide Overview

Jump to:Grade Level GuidesLesson PlanningMore Teaching Resources Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Pin0 In this post, you will learn specific lesson-planning strategies to help your students access rigorous, grade-level content, regardless of what their current English level is. This guide includes:Concrete Lesson Planning TipsGuides to Specific Grade Level Standards Adapted for ELLsEngaging and Effective Activities and StrategiesWhether you …

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2nd Grade ESL Teaching Curriculum Guide and Resources

ESL Teaching Curriculum Guide - 2nd Grade

ESL Teaching Curriculum Guide & Resources 2nd Grade Jump to:Overview2nd Grade StandardsDifferentiatingActivities & StrategiesMaterials & Resources Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Pin0 2nd Grade FoundationsBefore we get to the specific standards for grade 2 students, it is helpful to recognize that grade 2 standards require certain basic skills that not all English learners necessarily possess.Here are a few …

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ESL Writing Activity – Roving Paragraphs

Fun and Effective ESL Writing Activity Roving Paragraphs

ESL Writing Activity:Roving ParagraphsDuration: 15-20 MinutesType: GroupThis wonderful activity comes from Carol Salva and gets students speaking, listening, reading and writing. You can read more about it in Carol’s book Boosting Achievement in part 4 which covers lots of really practical teaching strategies. You can also read about it in this article from Kirsten Foti. What …

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Katie Toppel

Katie Toppel ESL Teaching Hero (600x600)

ESL Teaching Hero Spotlight: Katie Toppel Jump to:Links to Follow KatieESL Teaching ActivitiesArticles & ResourcesKatie Toppel’s StoryFollow Katie ToppelBlog: Sneaker TeacherBlog: ELLChat_BKClubTwitter: @Toppel_ELDActivities Inspired by Katie ToppelCheck back here later. I will be adding activities recommended by Katie Toppel. Katie Toppel Articles & ResourcesKatie Toppel is the go-to person for books recommendations as well as wonderful classroom …

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Tonya Ward Singer

Tonya Ward Singer ESL Teaching Hero

ESL Teaching Hero SpotlightTonya Ward Singer ​Jump to:Links to Follow TonyaESL Teaching ActivitiesArticles & ResourcesTonya’s StoryFollow Tonya Ward SingerBlog: Tonya Ward SingerTwitter: @TonyaWardSingerFacebook: Tonya Ward SingerTonya Ward Singer Articles & ResourcesTonya Ward Singer is passionate about helping teachers make a difference in students’ lives.Her book EL Excellence is a go-to manual for many teachers for …

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