Problem Statement Teachers face the challenge of a large population that does not speak English and have high transient rates. For this large population, becoming proficient in a new language is a very difficult transition. Students learning a new language need as much language support as possible. English language learner (ELL) students need a variety of language experiences. They need to hear language, write language, speak language and read language.
Strategy Computers can play an integral part in providing ELL students with valuable language experiences as they learn a new language. Computer-assisted instruction (CAI) can be a supplemental teaching tool for teaching English language learners.
Internet for Instruction howjsay.com- very neat website that will pronounce words for ELL students
Internet for Instruction Internet Picture Dictionary- great for younger ELL learners. Show a picture of the word in addition to correct spelling. Also has instructional games.
Internet for Instruction Breaking News English- site that offers current events articles and exercises to improve reading comprehension
Problem Statement ELL students are going to need computer skills in order to become employable members of the workforce.
Strategy Why not incorporate computer skills such as Word and Excel at any early age, especially when they can help them develop their language skills at the same time.
Tool Software Microsoft Excel: Fun with Math for ESL teachers and students- Seven page Word document with basic instructional tips on how to teach Excel to ELL students. Document also provides project ideas for ELL students using Excel. Paste link into browser to download file.http://www.ccsf.edu/Resources/Faculty/shovane s/documents/MicrosoftExcel.doc
Tool Software Excel, PowerPoint, Websites and Wiki Projects for ESL Students and Their Teachers!-Projects using Word for ESL Beginning Literacy, Beginning Low and Beginning High ESL students Paste link into browser to download file. esl.adultinstruction.org/documents/Hando utrev_000.doc.
Tool Software EFL/ESL Lessons Using PowerPoint-Not a student use of tool software, but a good resource for educators so I included it anyhow. Vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and punctuation lessons for educators with beginning ESL students.
Problem Statement Much like multiplication facts, your ABC’s, addition and subtraction, language development is improved by repetition which can be dull and uninteresting.
Strategy Utilize computer vocabulary games to develop language skills. You get the drill and practice in a more entertaining form.
Instructional Software www.manythings.org- This website is for people studying English as a Second Language or English as a Foreign Language. There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities.
Instructional Software ESL Games World- ESL fun games for teachers and students
Instructional Software www.englishclub.c om- vocabulary games such as hangman, crosswords, jumbled words, and matching games.
Problem Statement SpecialELL software can be expensive for school districts to buy at a time with major budgetary struggles.
Strategy There are multiple types of productivity software available on the Internet that are free of charge.
Productivity Software Audacity- Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac and Windows operating systems. Click on link to view YouTube video of how Audacity can be used in the ELL Classroom
Productivity Software Quizlet- make flashcards to help your students learn vocabulary
Hear It Odeo- A creative and free way to record and share audio. You can record audio and then share it with your Odeo contacts, by email, or by placing it in a Channel for all the world to hear. Pure Voice- Computer software for creating language sound files. Pratt- software program that uses phonetics to teach pronunciation
Write It 4esl.org- Grammar and vocabulary quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a Second Language (ESL). The Center for Writing Studies- This easy to use site explains English grammar with examples to help your understand it better. English Grammar Online 4U- This site provides English grammar reference and exercises to help you limit your English grammar and writing mistakes.
Speak It Conversation Questions- This site has an extensive list of conversation questions about almost any topic you can think of. Use the questions in conversation to learn about the other people. Telephoning English- The information found on this site provides speaking and conversation skills for Advanced level ESL students. ESL Discussions.com- Students can form discussion groups for independent speaking practice. The speaking activities are on everyday themes and other topics.
Read It Awesome Stories- a collection of interesting articles with vocabulary words linked to images for easier comprehension Learn English Vocabulary- This site provided a collection of interactive visual activities for all levels of ESL students. Have fun matching the vocabulary words with pictures. This is a great way to remember the meaning of words. flesl.net :: reading directory- Read and listen to paired stories and then answer multiple choice and vocabulary questions to check your understanding.