Language Acquisition Learning a second language is difficult and tackling writing is one of the most challenging aspects! This resource is great for explaining how kids learn to write in a new language!


The Relationship Between Language and Culture It is generally agreed that language and culture are closely related. Language can be viewed as a verbal expression of culture. It is used to maintain and convey culture and cultural ties. Language provides us with many of the categories we use for expression of our thoughts, so it is therefore natural to assume... Continue Reading →

The Sound of Inclusion Incredible resource about the importance of embracing and appreciating students of all different linguistic backgrounds.


Authentic Performance Assessments for English Language Learners

A video presentation of a collaborative conversation between two educators with a recommendation on how to develop, gather, analyze, and interpret ELL student data


Top 10 Ways to Introduce Culture


topic-image_culture.jpgGreat site to get the conversations rolling when wanting to form a culturally responsive classroom!

Teaching & Learning

Sometimes I think, “Where do I even start?” when introducing a culture I may no nothing about. The awesome thing about this is that it becomes a learning opportunity for me, the teacher! The website shares some simply ideas of topics or cultural concepts to bring up and discuss. It is a great opportunity to have the culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) student share his or her experiences, background, culture, and interests. This is a way for them to communicate with peers, open up questions, and for us to celebrate a culture we are unfamiliar with.

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Vocabulary for ELLs

  This site provides information on the importance of providing vocabulary in a culturally responsive way for ELL students. Informative video by Dr. Flores!


Summer Literacy Resources

It is so easy for students to fall back in their academics over the summer. Check out this article to find different methods for helping ELL students to keep up with their studies over the summer in fun, interactive ways.

ESL Highlights

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Language Magazine explores different methods and resources for helping ELL students to keep up with their studies over the summer in fun ways.

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Vocabulary Instruction & Academic Language

Apple Vocab

This is from Mrs. Tolson’s Blog and is a resource that discusses the 3 tiers of vocabulary instruction teachers should consider when teaching ELL students academic language.

Mrs. Tolson's ESL Blog

Oral language is one of the strongest predictors of reading success. In order for children to decode words and comprehend what they mean, they must first have the words in their mental lexicon. This is often frustrating for teachers because students who are English language learners or students who come from low socioeconomic backgrounds start school significantly behind their same-age peers in the number of vocabulary words they know and can use in their expressive language. There are three tiers of vocabulary that teachers should consider when planning vocabulary instruction:

  1. Tier 1 words– basic, everyday words that usually do not require instruction; ELL students will require instruction in Tier I words. (i.e. talk, chair, happy)
  2. Tier II words – More sophisticated words that are high-frequency and occur across subjects and in various contexts (compare, elegant, purpose, summary, educated)
  3. Tier III words – words that are often only found in…

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Culturally Responsive Teaching: Classroom Set-Up

How we arrange our classrooms says something about our cultural responsiveness. This article produced by TESOL provides ways to best set up your classroom and gives tips of what to keep in mind.  


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