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The following represents a list of possible resources, primarily for teachers whose students are predominantly English Language Learners (ELLs). However, the list may also prove useful to those who teach social studies, history, education, and so on, as well as providing links of interest to parents and, in some instances, students. In short, explore these links and feel free to contribute more by sharing your favorites with us.
Colorín Colorado is the leading Web site for teachers and parents of English Language Learners. You'll find lots of articles, resources, and ideas to support ELLs at school and at home.
California Tomorrow's mission is to help create a just and inclusive multiracial, multicultural, and multilingual society by promoting equal access to social, economic and educational resources and equal participation in major institutions, and by embracing diversity as a great strength.
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of research-based information, tools, and resources related to language and culture.
The National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) is the only national professional organization devoted to representing Bilingual Learners and Bilingual Education professionals.
The Founders of NAME (National Association for Multicultural Education) envisioned an organization that would bring together individuals and groups with an interest in multicultural education from all levels of education, different academic disciplines and from diverse educational institutions and occupations.
Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write, and change the world.
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) is a global association for English language teaching professionals.
UNICEF has abundant resources — books, lesson plans, games, and other materials — for parents and
World Music Press — Top quality, award-winning multicultural music books, recordings and choral music for educators, community outreach programs and music lovers.
California Newsreel — Educational video documentaries and films on African American life and history, Africa, race and diversity training, media and society.
Skipping Stones is a nonprofit magazine for youth that encourages communication, cooperation, creativity and celebration of cultural and environmental richness.
Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children. Educational materials are available free of charge to teachers and other school practitioners in the U.S. and abroad. Grants are available to individual teachers. (The organization's teaching materials have won two Oscars, an Emmy, and numerous other awards.)
Faces is a weekly publication from Cobblestone & Cricket that introduces young readers to places and cultures from around the globe. Packed with photos, folktales and activities, the magazine is sure to pique students' interests in other peoples.
Been Here So Long is not just a collection of American Slave Narratives gathered from 1936 to 1938. The site also contains lesson plans and leads to other online sources for teachers.
Karin's ESL Partyland contains quizzes, games, lesson plans, and materials for teachers. However, there is also much that students will enjoy, including discussion forums, games, and interesting links.
Dave's ESL Cafe is described by Dave Sperling as "The Internet's Meeting Place for ESL + EFL teachers + students from around the World!" Find job listings, listings for teacher training opportunities, grammar lessons, quizzes, and more.
Immigration…The Changing Face of America is an outstanding resource for teachers, but students and their parents will enjoy it also. The topic of immigration is eloquently presented to teachers and students, and this site also contains vocabulary activities, recipes, interviews about the immigrant experience in the U.S., and various lesson plans created by teachers and submitted to the site.
Immigration. The Living Mosaic of People, Culture & Hope provides text and images that recount the history of the arrival in the U.S. of various immigrant groups. There is also a section devoted to Ellis Island and a brief entry on comics that treated the theme of immigration.
The National Center for Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning promotes the intellectual development, literacy, and thoughtful citizenship of language minority students, and an appreciation of the multicultural and linguistic diversity of the American people. In addition to theory, specific teaching strategies are presented.
Peopling North America: Population Movements & Migration provides important historical overview of the movements of various peoples to and within North America and the Caribbean. This Web site, housed at the University of Calgary, is thorough and well researched.
Energy of a Nation is the immigration resource center for The Advocates for Human Rights. A wealth of resources can be found by visiting this Web site, including fact sheets, lesson plans, handouts, and much more.
MurthyDotCom is compiling a list of movies in which immigrants or immigration play an important role.
Featuring more than 66 lesson plans, 45 teaching tips, 230 downloads, 830 discussion topics, and 90 classroom resource picks, everythingESL.net offers a wealth of ideas and materials for ESL/ELL teachers.
Mrs. Hurley's ESL Page contains ideas for classroom teachers working with ELLs, including classroom activities, online projects, games for English practice, and more.
The U.S. Department of Education hosts a Web site that features a Toolkit for Hispanic Families, a bilingual (Spanish/English) collection of resources aimed at helping families to help their children to succeed in school.
Learn about the services and programs of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition.
The New York State Office of Assessment's Web site features NYSESLAT, LAB-R, and translated Regents exams.
As the name implies, The Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence conducts research of importance to all in the field of multicultural and multilingual education.
The Office of English Language Acquisition's [OELA] National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA) collects, analyzes, synthesizes and disseminates information about language instruction educational programs for English language learners and related programs.
The National Capital Language Resource Center [NCLRC] is a joint project of Georgetown University, The George Washington University, and the Center for Applied Linguistics. NCLRC's Web site features links to publications as well as news of upcoming conferences for educators and contests for students.
SDAIE classes are those classes containing LEP students, taught by teachers using special techniques and strategies designed to assist LEP students in both language-acquisition and subject-matter content. SDAIE stands for Specially-Designed Academic-Instruction in English.
Omniglot provides a collection of useful phrases in many languages as well as links to other useful sites.
The Web English Teacher provides lesson plans for ESL teachers, teaching ideas, games, puns in English, reading materials, links to articles and to news of current events, and so much more.
EnglishLearner.com offers exercises, tests and activities of varying difficulty from many content areas.