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English Language Learner KnowledgeBase for Administrators & Teachers

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The English Language Learner (ELL) KnowledgeBase for Administrators and Teachers is an online resource supporting both the administration, teaching and execution of programs for English learning students. It offers resources related to Office for Civil Rights (OCR) requirements and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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A Maths Dictionary For Kids

This website offers interactive, animated maths dictionary with over 630 common math terms and math words explained in simple language with examples. Requires Flash.

Activities for ESL and ELL Students

This website is a project of The Internet TESL Journal (, and has thousands of contributions by many teachers. This site provides free Quizzes, Tests, Exercises and Puzzles to help students learn English as a Second Language (ESL). 

American English

This American English website is for English Language (EL) teachers around the world. This site offers books, lesson plans to music and interactive videos; explore their collection of nearly 1,000 resources.

BITS-ESL English Language Learning Online

This free nonprofit website created by Skip offers audiobooks to listen and read. The sole purpose of this site is to help students improve their listening and reading comprehension of the English language. 'BITS English Language Learning' is completely non-profit and contains no advertising. Per Skip, "BITS is an online-only site. No links for downloading items are available and none will be provided."   

EL Education - PD Packs

This EL Education website offers EL administration (school design and leadership), and teaching resources (strategies, curriculum and videos) for EL students. Their PD (professional development) Packs are designed for self-study in either small group or large group PD.

ESL Cyber-Listening Lab by Randall Davis

In 1998, Randall Davis created language learning materials that have been used by students and teachers around the world in more than 100 countries. Randall offers this with free access to these learning activities online---in many cases where learners wouldn't have had access nor the financial means to pay for such content otherwise. His website offers: Audio Help with  - Favorite Resources, Media Players, Self-Study Guide, Study Handouts, Teacher Features, Tips for Teachers, Vocabulary Quizzes, DailyESL, EnglishVoices, and EZSlang.

ESL Fast

The ESL Fast website is a huge free online English learning resource for beginners and intermediate learners.  Special sections include: Learn to Speak Kindergarten English, Speaking is Easy, Easy Conversations, Easy Reading, American Culture and Customs, English for New USA Immigrants, ESL Mini-Novels, A Young Couple's Life in America, Sentence Structure Writing Practice, English Conversations, 365 Essays for English Learners, 100 American People, and Speak English Fast.

This education themed website, sponsored by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, shares articles on education trends. Additionally, focuses on Assessment, Integrated Studies, Project-Based Learning, Social and Emotional Learning, Teacher Development and Technology Integration are also offered.

English Media Lab

The English Media Lab offers free exercises for All English Learners (ESL ELL) with Online Grammar Exercises, Vocabulary Videos, Pronunciation Exercises, Interactive Quizzes for Beginners, Games & Puzzles, Intermediate & Advanced Level English Learners. There are also Math Exercises for Children.

Enhancing ELLs Vocabulary (LiveBinders)

This toolkit is made up of strategies and resources that can be used to aid English language learners' vocabulary development.  While most of the strategies would take place in the classroom, there are some strategies, such as Word Collection and Vocabulary Cards, that could be used at home as well. is a free site for Chrome, Firefox and Safari web browsers that will: instantly find and correct over 400 types of grammatical mistakes, detect plagiarism from 16 billion web pages and ProQuest's databases, and improve word choice  with context-optimized vocabulary suggestions.  It is compatible with Microsoft Word™ & Outlook®.

Khan Academy

*Please Note: Khan Academy does not support Internet Explorer, but does support Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.* 

Khan Academy is a nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. With resources for Student Learners, Teachers, Districts and Parents, Khan Academy offers free online courses, lessons and practice for Math (AP and by grades K-12), Science and Engineering, Computing, Arts and Humanities, Economics and Finance, (SAT, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, IIT JEE, NCLEX-RN) Test Prep, and College and/or Career resources.

LearnEnglish Kids

This free website, sponsored by the British Council, offers songs, short stories, poems and videos, reading and writing, speak and spell, grammar and vocabulary, games, jokes and tongue twisters. You can make and print your own flashcards, crafts, worksheets, and coloring sheets.  There is also a section for Parents which includes: watching a video, listening to a poem, read a story, color a picture, and playing a word game.

ManyThings ESL

This web site is for people studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL). There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, videos (479 videos with about 24,000 sentences for about 74 Hours of practice), slang expressions, anagrams, jokes with audio, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities. Even though the primary focus is for ESL, native English speakers may also find some interesting things on this site. This site is non-commercial and has no advertising. TESL/TEFL teachers may want to recommend this site to their students. is powerful, free, online software that improves reading, learning, and teaching. This site can: intelligently simplify difficult English for faster comprehension, effectively teach words, for building a better vocabulary, help teachers save time and produce engaging lessons, and help improve learning outcomes.

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Empowering ELLs

Empowering ELLs* (English language learners) is a resource center for English as an Additional Language (EAL*) educators who want to empower their ELs (English learners) to achieve English proficiency, develop thinking skills, and possess effective social skills.  Online Professional Development (PD) will be offered in September of 2019.

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This EL educational website offers articles, teaching strategies, lesson plans, teaching tips, resource picks, and topics for ESL teachers.

Teacher Hub aka is a website provided by the K-12 Teachers Alliance and shares K-12 News, Lessons, and Shared Resources.  Within the site, Lessons and Teaching Tools are offered along with Hot Tips and Topics, information on Graduate Programs, Professional Development, and a spotlight on the Teaching Community via contests and a section called 'Real Teacher Blogs'.

Uzing Quizlet to Reinforce Vocabulary

This is Part 10 of Transforming Instruction Through Technologyseries. This article about using Quizlet focuses on using technology to teach vocabulary.


International Children's Digital Library

This International Children's Digital Library website provides online/digital books and iPad/iPhone Applications for their mission which promotes tolerance and respect for diverse cultures by providing access to the best of children's literature from around the world

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and are intended for general reference purposes only. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education or the Center, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Some resources on this site require Adobe Acrobat Reader. This website archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.