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For Teachers

Coombe, C. Folse, K. & Hubley, N. (2007). A practical guide to assessing English language learners. Michigan: University of Michigan Press. This is an excellent book on assessment for ELLs. It provides insight, guiding principles, tips, and application of assessment technique. There are chapters that deal with the pillars of second language acquisition: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The book has excellent tip sheets the end of each chapter which a teacher can keep and his or her side when developing assessment in order to adhere to principles of good assessment such as usefulness, validity, reliability, practicalllity, wash back, authenticity, transparency, and security. .

O’Malley, J. M. & Valdez-Pierce, L. (1996). Authentic Assessment for English language learners: Practical approaches for teachers. MA: Longman/Addison-Wesley Pub. Co.

Assessment of ELLs Webcast: This is a 45-minute webcast that introduces assessment for ELLs. The webcast presents performance-based standardized assessments, assessment as a tool for informing instruction, use of assessment to reinforce reading comprehension, and student self-assessment and self-monitoring.

Using Alternative Assessment with English Language Learners: This website briefly presents resources that can be used for the development of alternative assessments.

English Language Proficiency Standards:This website will help you identify your students’ oral proficiency level and from that differentiate instruction such that you can effectively covey content and increase academic language.

Texas English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS): An excellent tool for helping you develop effective lessons plans for ELLs. The ELPS should be noted along side your TEKS. The ELPS not only serve as guide post for teaching academic language, content, and integrating listening, speaking, reading, and writing, but they do this in conjunction with considerations on students’ language proficiency (beginning, intermediate, advanced and advanced high).

Teaching ELLs

CTE Teacher Self-Assessment Checklist

Expectations per oral language acquisition stage

Comparing the old and new Blooms taxonomy

Decoding cognates

Example of Cloze Activities

Stages of engaged academic time

Example of index cards for level questions

Multiple learning modalities

Oral language acquisiton continuum based on age

Pre-production stage

Speech emergent stage

Early production stage

Intermediate fluency stage

Advanced intermediate fluency stage

Advanced fluency

Cummin’s Quadrants

Question or cue per oral acquisition stage

Example of realia

Example of realia

Definition of SQ3r+

Thinking strategies that proficient readers need

Thinking strategies that proficient readers need

Thinking strategies that proficient readers need

Thinking strategies that proficient readers need

Example of Jigsaw Strategy

Example of historical and personal timeline

Word knowledge continuum

Coombe, C., Al-hamly, M., Davidson, P. & Troudi, S. (2007). Evaluating teacher effectiveness in ESL/EFL Context. Michigan: University of Michigan Press.

Tips on How to Motivate Your ELLs to Study ESL: The short article provides tips on motivation,  particularly for students that are struggling with second language acquisition.

Information on ELL-related best practices research

Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences with Bilingual Families: This site provides helpful tips to consider when wanting to involve parents of English language learners.

Understanding Latino Parental Involvement – Perceptions, Expectations, and Recommendations

Culturegrams: Concise, reliable, and up-to-date country reports on 200 cultures of the world.

Cloze Activities – Online template for creating your own cloze activity –

Realia Strategies –

1. All about Realia

2. Using Realia in your Lessons

Facilitating second language listening comprehension: Acquiring successful

Listening Guide

For Parents

Helps parents understand that Career and Technical Education is a way for students to have a better understanding of 21st century technology, so that they will be able to go farther in their education. CTE classes are taught at a number of schools, and these classes enable students to obtain knowledge about industries and workplaces.

Helps parents understand structured learning experiences and Career and Technical Student Organizations.

Glossary of Education terminology for parents.

Overview of Career and Technical Education This link shows parents what a CTE program can do, how CTE can be successful in school, how it can challenge a student, and also help pay for college.

10 tips for working at home with English language learners.

Several resources for Parents of ESL/ELL Students.

This site describes how parents and families can become better readers and help their child be a successful student.

This site in Spanish describes how parents and families can become better readers and help their child be a successful student.

Ten ways parents can teach their children a language at home.


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