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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!

from Teachers Pay Teachers

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 $

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English and Spanish Classroom Labels for English Language Learners (B&W)

This file includes 44 labels in English with Spanish translations. The labels are helpful for newcomers, English Language Learners (ELLs)/English as a Second Language (ESL) students, and students in dual-language classrooms. The labels are organized in ABC-order for your convenience.

from the Guardian

A language family tree - in pictures

From The Guardian: "A Language Family Tree--in Pictures" -- This is only tangentially related to learning English but it's a really cool graphic (5 actually) showing the relationships to and between Indo-European languages. Could be helpful for teachers wanting to know how one language relates to another.

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Writing Summaries: Helpful Guides for ELLs & Beginning Writers (CCSS Aligned)

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.

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.

From the Council of Chief State School Officers, this webpage provides a link to the 235-page "English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards with Correspondences to K – 12 Practices and Common Core State Standards," which were designed to "facilitate the development of English language proficiency essential to students as they increase competence in the disciplinary (i.e., subject-specific) practices associated with English language arts, mathematics, and science."

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!

"Schools use everyday errands to better teach English as a second language" -- from; nice article on developing ELLs' proficiency

Going to the beach or lake can be a daily or weekly occurrence over the summer for many families. Why not make beach time a rich language experience for your child with special needs? Here are five ways to encourage language at the beach or lakefront this summer. Although aimed at special education, the ideas would work for ELLs, too.