If you have students who are learning to speak English, and are looking for proven classroom ideas to help them, a great resource awaits. edWeb.net, which is free to join, has several communities dedicated to helping ELL/ESL students. These communities let you communicate with other teachers and access webinars about teaching ELL/ESL students.
You can also find helpful webinars in other edWeb.net communities. To find them, go to the webinar home page and search on “language”, “reading”, “speech”, or another language-related word.
Here are the communities within edWeb.net which are especially helpful for ELL/ESL needs.
Using Technology for Language Instruction
Sponsored by Rosetta Stone, the Using Technology for Language Instruction community has more than 3700 members and of this writing has hosted 18 webinars on teaching ELL/ESL students.
Helping ELL/ESL Students Succeed
As of this writing, the Helping ELL/ESL Students Succeed community has more than 1000 members and is independent of corporate sponsorship. You can post questions and receive answers from other teachers about what tools and strategies they find helpful.
Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching
The Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching community, also independent from corporate sponsorship, is dedicated to helping students who speak varieties of English that differ significantly from Academic Classroom English. It has more than 800 members.
Meeting the Needs of the English Language Learner
The Meeting the Needs of the English Language Learner community is administered by the ESL Curriculum Coach from Calcasieu Parish Schools. As of this writing, it has 67 members.