Links for Helping English Language Learners


6 tips for teaching in a diverse classroom
Suggestions on how to learn about the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of English language learners.

English Language Learners with Special Needs: Effective Instructional Strategies
Ortix, Alba, (2008), WETA.

Strategies for Assisting Third Culture Children in the TEYL (Teaching English to Young Learners) Classroom by Tracy Dominey
This article discusses the challenge of ensuring that TCKs learn English as a second language well, despite the fact that they have a somewhat altered cultural lens for viewing English.

Tips for Teaching Conversation in the Multilingual ESL Classroom
Pulick, Cara, The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. XI, No. 4, April 2005.

ASCD website 
For some of these articles you will need an ASCD membership to access, but if you are tied to a school they might have access to them. They seem to allow 3-4 free articles. Give them a moment to load.


ELL Resources by Grade
A bilingual site for families and educators of English language learners. Example resources:

  • 10 Things Mainstream Teachers Can Do Today
  • ELL Starter Kit for Educators
  • ELL Webcast: Teaching English Language Learners to Read

ESL Kids Flashcards, Worksheets, Lesson Plans, Crafts, Games and more.

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition

The Spelling Blog Downloads page
There are several downloadable resources to help teach spelling to English Language Learners. These come from the book Teaching Spelling to English Language Learners by Johanna Stirling.

ESL/ELL Resources to Succeed in School
Scroll down about half way to see links to many resources.

ESL/ELL Resursos Para Triunfar en la Escuela