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"What will the English language be like in 100 years?" Interesting article about the direction English might take in the future and how it has already changed in the past 100 or so years. Not really teaching-related but interesting in a theoretical sort of way!

Article about the importance of developing listening comprehension skills in ELLs, why it's difficult, and a new tool that could help: Listen Current, which provides transcripts of public radio broadcasts. Looks interesting, even though the article is written by the founder of the company, who is a former NPR reporter.

Idioms: Monsters in Figurative Language

MONSTROUS IDIOMS features 6 monsters commonly used in American idiomatic expressions. Each slide has a description, an illustration, and uses the idiom in 1 or 2 sentences. This lesson works well with all levels of language from E.S.L. to gifted and high achievers. It is high interest and stimulates language. It is a fail proof lesson that always stimulates class discussions and reinforces the steps to writing wonderful short stories. Grades 3-7 $

American Holiday Posters for January & February in Acrostic Poem Format

4 easy-to-assemble posters teach students about these popular American holidays' origins & customs. Written as acrostic poems, the posters are great for teaching about the cultural traditions of the holidays & they are also great models when teaching a poetry unit. Writing & grammar activities plus 5 suggestions for orally discussing the holidays are included, too. Great for all students, including ELLs at lower levels of language proficiency.

Writing Summaries Organizers are Helpful Guides for ELLs & Beginning Writers

Novice writers and English Language Learners at an intermediate level of English proficiency (and higher) can use these organizational frameworks and sentence starters to write summaries of fiction and non-fiction texts; also included in this resource is a poster explaining what a summary is.

This descriptive writing FREEBIE is a sample of my Descriptive Writing Mini-Unit. There are two descriptive writing activities included in this download.

Checklists for Editing and Revising Paragraphs for ELLs and Other Writers

Includes three different checklists that students can use to support their writing of paragraphs. Each checklist includes several criteria that are necessary for writing good paragraphs. Also includes a poster listing features of a paragraph. Available in color and black-and-white styles. Great for writing journals or as a bulletin board display. Not only English Language Learners but all students will benefit from using these writing aids!

Hashtag a character and have fun! Students use hashtags on social media. With this modern activity, students will hashtag a character - and in the process, analyze that character. It will work for any short story, novel, or play. Included are three FREE activities for using hashtags with a character.

If your English Language Learners consistently say things like "I did went to the store" or "I didn't ate breakfast," then use this product to teach them the correct way to use "did + a verb" in simple past tense sentences. Includes a chart to explain the correct form, writing and speaking tasks for students, plus an answer key. $