Resources supporting effective instruction for ELLs
- Colorín Colorado
Colorín Colorado is a free website for educators and families of English language learners based at WETA in Washington, DC. Colorín Colorado has collaborated closely with its founding partner, the American Federation of Teachers, since 2003. Colorín Colorado is the leading ELL website nationwide, offering practical, research-based classroom resources for grades PreK-12, such as strategy articles, tip sheets, toolkits, videos, webinars, multicultural booklists for students, professional books and reports, updates from the field, and multilingual materials to support ELL parent outreach. Colorín Colorado also has an extensive library of videos and materials. The materials on the site have been designed to be shared and used by classroom teachers and content-area teachers, as well as ESOL specialists and bilingual teachers. Sign up for their email newsletters.
- AFT Immigration Resources
The AFT offers many resources on education and how to protect our students.
Useful articles and publications
- AFT: Educating English Language Learners
A review of the latest research on the most effective strategies for teaching ELL students.
- U.S. Department of Education Newcomer Toolkit
The U.S. Department of Education created a Newcomer Toolkit to help U.S. educators who work with newly arrived ELLs.
- Supporting Young English Learners at Home - REL West (ed.gov)
Family and activity sheets available in eight languages to strengthen language development.
- Bilingual Education: Reviving an American Traditionby Claude Goldenberg and Kristin Wagner in American Educator (Fall 2015)
A fresh look at the history behind and research foundations of bilingual education.
- Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International
This international organization is a professional body serving the world’s teachers of English to speakers of other languages. While some of its resources are reserved for members, it does include some freely available also.
- New York State TESOL
The New York State branch of TESOL supports ELL teachers in New York State with professional learning in classroom practices, research, program and curriculum development, funding and legislative interests.
- National Association for Bilingual Education
NABE's mission is to advocate for bilingual and English Language Learners and their families and to cultivate a multilingual multicultural society by supporting and promoting policy, programs, pedagogy, research and professional development that yield academic success, value native language, lead to English proficiency, and respect cultural and linguistic diversity.
- NYSABE (NYS Association for Bilingual Education)
NYSABE is a multilingual and multicultural association fostering the awareness and appreciation of bilingualism and biculturalism as an integral part of cultural pluralism in our society and especially in New York State. The organization provides resources and research in addition to advocating for quality bilingual programs.
Additional helpful instructional resources
- Bilingual Glossaries
Bilingual glossaries are an essential and expected test accommodation for English Language Learners in the State of New York. This website presents glossaries for at least the top 10 state languages at the state level, but it is updated with new languages based on requests from schools and updates in state data.
Free content and tools including texts and accompanying activities for ELLs
- Support Ed provides free tools to support teaching in providing formative assessment, social emotional learning and culturally responsive instruction for multilingual learners
- Online Writing Lab, Purdue University
Purdue's Online Writing Lab maintains a repository of resources for both ELL teachers and for ELL students. As this is a college site it will be of greatest assistance to high school teachers of ELLs in helping students become college-ready. Topics include understanding writing assignments, plagiarism and ESL writers, audience consideration for ESL writers and numerous grammar-focused resources.
LibriVox makes books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the Internet. It is noncommercial, nonprofit and ad-free. The catalogue is organized by author, title, genre/subject and language. Offerings include over a thousand non-English works in languages ranging from a variety of western European languages to Belarusian, Bengali, Cantonese Chinese, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Yiddish.