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Videos can be an effective tool for teaching and learning English (or, for that matter, any academic subject) if used strategically and not as a "babysitting" device. My colleague Katie Hull Sypnieski and I wrote a previous post for Edutopia titled Eight Ways To Use Videos With English-Language Learners that shares instructional strategies for many kinds of clips. Here are a few of my favorite videos to use with those exercises. Video Playlist: Resources for English-Language Learners Watch the player below to see the whole playlist, or view it on YouTube. Mr. More Resources on How to Teach ELLs With Video For more sources of good videos designed for English-language development, and for ideas on how to use them, visit these websites: The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them) is an exhaustive collection that I've developed.

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Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners This blog was co-authored by Katie Hull Sypnieski. This post is excerpted from their new book, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels. "I like the way you use videos with us -- you get us moving, talking, writing and speaking. The problem is you make us think too much." -- "John," one of our English-Language Learner students

Where Do English Language Learners Fit Into the Ed Tech Revolution? English Language Learners are a growing yet underserved segment of the U.S. student population, and teaching these diverse learners presents teachers with a host of unique and very complex challenges. ELL teachers regularly employ a variety of specialized and unique teaching strategies and best practices aimed at helping their students acquire English and thrive academically. Yet when ELL teachers look to the ed-tech world for novel solutions that specifically address their students’ needs, they often come up empty-handed. As the ed-tech scene has exploded in recent years, most teachers can find apps, tools and resources for nearly every grade level, subject area and skill imaginable. But tools for ELL students and their teachers often seem to be missing.

How to Find & Use Subtitles in VLC Media Player for Any Video Once you start using subtitles, you really can’t go back. They’re so useful for keeping up with dialogue in shows and films, especially when characters whisper, mumble, or have an accent you’re unfamiliar with. They’re obviously come in handy for foreign-language films, too. So let’s say you have a video file — maybe you ripped one of your DVD or Bluray discs — and you need subtitles. How do you go about this?

12 Ways to Support ESL Students in the Mainstream Classroom You have a new student, and he speaks no English. His family has just moved to your town from Japan, and though he receives English as a Second Language (ESL) support, he will also be sitting in your room every day to give him more exposure to his new language. How can you be a good teacher to someone who barely understands you? According to the National Center for Education Statistics, an average of 9 percent of students in U.S. public schools are English Language Learners (ELLs); that number is closer to 14 percent in cities.

Universal Design for Learning: An Introduction Universal Design for Learning aims to make modifications in three broad areas that together deliver a programme that will best meet the needs of all learners. In each area the barriers to success are identified and where possible removed or minimised. UDL identifies three essential Neural Networks that combine to produce effective learning, each network as a corresponding place in the learning process. Recognition Networks are the systems that allow us to gather information from our environment and we categorise and make sense of that.

Online & Blended Learning: Language Learnin... The portability of a tablet makes it easy to learn on the go. Students using their own personal device or spending time with an iPad in school can benefit from the many educational apps available in the Apple App Store. Children learning a new language can access tons of apps that support language acquisition. These apps combine visuals, audio cues, colorful images and games to grab the attention of students and help them understand the meaning of new words. Kids’ Vocab - Mindsnacks This app is engaging and addictive, with tons of games to help students master the English language.

Just Revised & Updated “Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them)” I’ve just completely updated and revised one of my most popular posts, Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them). Feel free to offer additional suggestions… Related Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL The Thinker Builder: Step In, Step Out: A Strategy for Thinking Deeply About Text You're sitting at your guided reading table, your little group gathered around you, wide-eyed. Or are you the one who's wide-eyed? Sure, you know what you're doing, but maybe right now you're thinking your lesson plan doesn't fit the book like you thought it would. Or that maybe your lesson plan is just lame. Or maybe you don't have a lesson plan and are winging it (oh, come on, we've all been there). "Boy, I could really use a mini-lesson right now," you think.

LatinAmArt My goal was to create an engaging activity for my elementary Spanish students. Part of any good World Language curriculum includes activities about the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Another: the geography of the Spanish-speaking world. STEP 1: A simple "artists of Latin America" search gave me names of artists. Retelling Stories to Improve Spoken English Engaging into reading and listening in order to improve English is a great way to improve your ability to understand English spoken around you. You’ll also become a much better reader over time, and it’ll definitely broaden your passive English vocabulary. In order to become a better English speaker, however, you have to work with your active vocabulary.