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ESOL Resources for Teachers

of English Language Learners (ELL)



Online Resources:

ColorinColorado Practical, easy-to-read, research-based resources for teachers, administers, and parents of ELL. Bilingual in English and Spanish


ColorinColorado - How to Develop a Lesson Plan that Includes ELLs.


Lau Resource Center, Ohio Department of Education The Lau Resource Center at the Ohio Department of Education ensures equal access to high-quality learning experiences and standards for students with limited English proficiency in the state of Ohio. This site includes state guidelines and information, as well as valuable links to research-based strategies.


Teaching English Language Learners What classroom and content teachers need to know about English Language Learners, including stages of English language acquisition and useful teaching tips and strategies. Also check-out the links at the end.


Strategies for Diverse Learners Using the UDL Model - Focus on English Language Learners (ELL):  multiple means of representation; multiple means of action and expression.


Common Core Standards and ELL: see the section under "Teaching Resources and Best Practices."




National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) Research-based journal articles for those working with ELL. Index available to help you find what you need.

AccELLerate a brief, focused online journal from NCELA related to helping English language learners


Help! Kits Resource guides to help busy teachers with practical, research-based advice on teaching, evaluating, and nurturing limited English proficient students. Organized by grade level and subject. Available for grades Pre-K to 6, secondary school, as well as young adults (see bottom of their web page for links).


Online resources from Glencoe / McGraw-Hill: 

Helping English Language Learners in the English and Language Arts Classroom  Concise suggestions about how to help English language learners to succeed in ELA.

Helping English Language Learners in the Math Classroom Excellent, concise suggestions for math teachers with English language learners

Helping English Language Learners in the Social Studies Classroom  A brief description of problems for English language learners in the classroom, and some strategies for teachers. Short and sweet.
Helping English Language Learners in the Science Classroom  Brief and excellent suggestions for science teachers of English language learners.


Academic Word List (AWL) - Coxhead, 2000

Academic Word List  (Simplified list divided into 10 subgroups)

Teaching Academic Vocabulary to ELL (Dr. Kate Kinsella)

.Quizlet Folder - Vocab for Beginning ELL  Interactive flashcards and activities to teach basic beginning vocabulary.


Resource from Benchmark Education:

Best Practices in Supporting English-language Learners in Reading and Writing


CREATE (Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners) The Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE) had a focused program of research designed to address the critical challenge of improving educational outcomes of English learners in content area classrooms by enhancing the empirical research base for readers in Grades 4–8, developing and testing effective interventions that promote content knowledge and language and literacy development simultaneously.


AIR (American Institute for Research) - Education, English Language Learners. AIR helps the many children who speak English as a second language meet their full academic potential. They are committed to improving instruction and outcomes for English Language Learners (ELLs) by connecting rigorous research to policy and practice.


Tapestry (University of Southern Florida) Extensive, easy-to-use, research-based online/off-line resources for academic teachers (by subject), unified arts teachers (by subject), special ed teachers, and counselors regarding teaching strategies and ideas, reading/literacy, writing, testing, and theory.


Stanford CLAD ELL Modules

Language and Content Instruction at the Elementary Grades, Vocabulary Development and Academic Language, Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing, Testing and Assessment, ESL/ELD at Elementary and Middle School, ESL/ELD at High School, Native Language, Culturally Relevant Language, English Language Learner Policy and Theory, Teaching High School Science, Teaching High School Math, Teaching in Middle School


INVARED (Improving the Validity of Assessment Results For English Language Learners with Disabilities  The IVARED project seeks to achieve the following objectives: Identify and describe each state’s population of ELLs with disabilities and relate to assessment performance (Activity 1) Describe inclusion of ELLs with disabilities in state assessment participation and accommodations policies (Activity 2) Identify promising practices for participation, accommodation, and test score interpretation decisions (Activity 3 and Activity 4) Strengthen the knowledge base of assessment decision makers to improve decisions (Activity 5) - funded by the Department of Education. Training modules are free, but require registration.


PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual, 3rd edition is a comprehensive policy document that outlines the accessibility features and accommodations that will be available for the PARCC Mid-Year, Performance-Based, and End-of-Year Assessments. The release of the manual is an important step in meeting PARCC's commitment to accessibility for all students, especially students with disabilities, English learners and English learners with disabilities, and for meeting the timelines for a 2014 - 2015 assessment administration.

PARCC Accommodations for ELL (PDF link)

PARCC Accommodations Tutorial  Guided practice in using the following accommodations: highlight tool, elinimate answer choices, flag items, line reader, magnification, text to speech, drag & drop. Clarification of multiple choice and multiple select.

PARCC Sample Items  

PARCC Practice Tests  

ODE State Tests - Practice  Sign in as Guest in all areas. Do not provide birthdate or school information. For guidance on the practice test, go to the guidance link.