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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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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. Davis 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.

TEFL / TESOL Resources Online

This website features resources and materials for teachers, including free ESL printables and grammar worksheets, PDF lesson plans, teacher articles and a directory of teaching and reference resources. It also provides access to questions from students and teaching forum topics.

The Internet Picture Dictionary

This Internet Picture Dictionary (IPD) helps kids learn English words and has translations in French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Casa Notes

As noted at its website, "Casa Notes is designed to allow teachers to make and customize typical notes that are sent home to parents or given to the students. This is done by using templates and allowing the teachers to customize some of the content, choose a color scheme and add a graphic. The notes can then be printed on a black-and-white or color printer to be used. Teachers can select whether the notes should be in English or in Spanish."

ELL Starter Kit for Educators

As noted at the Colori­n' Colorado website, this resource offers educators "tools for monitoring language skills. This starter kit was developed with Spanish-speaking ELLs in mind (because they account for more than 80 percent of all ELL students in the United States), but the monitoring forms also will be helpful for students from other cultural and linguistic backgrounds."


Teaching ELL Speaking Strategies from Scholastic

Being able to speak English fluently is critical to our ELLs’ success both inside and outside the classroom. ELLs must pass a speaking portion of a language proficiency assessment to score out of ESOL services and be fully immersed in mainstream classes without support.  This website for Teachers offers these strategies that help all students improve their language development in a supportive, encouraging way. At the end of the list are some strategies specific to helping ELLs acquire and use oral language.

ESL and Bilingual Program Models

The article suggests three factors to consider when selecting an alternative language program model and reviews several alternative language program approaches.


Practical Tips

Colorin' Colorado - Reading TIp Sheets for Teachers

Colorín' Colorado and the American Federation of Teachers have collaborated to develop tip sheets focused on reading instruction for educators of English language learners in grades 4 - 12. These tip sheets include information on what to do first, vocabulary instruction and age-appropriate reading strategies. They are available in English and Spanish.


EverythingESL is a collection of K-12 lesson plans geared to TESOL's ESL standards. It provides teaching tips, resource links and discussions for teachers of ELL students.

Ideas for Working with ELL Students

This article provides eight strategies that can help ELL students learn and transition to content classroom instruction successfully.


Dave's ESL Cafe

Dave's ESL Café is a website designed for ESL-ELL teachers and students. The website provides resources from professional development to student grammar lessons and quizzes.

ELL Teacher Resources

This C3-SC3 website provides English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher Resources.

ESL-ELL Resources to Succeed in School

This Community for Accredited Online Schools website provides information on ESL Levels of English Language Proficiency, an ELL Glossary, ESL Education in the U.S. today and a list of ELL Resources for Students, Parents and Teachers.

Preparing for Cultural Diversity: Resources for Teachers

This September 2016 Edutopia article asks, "How can teachers prepare for diverse classrooms? There isn't a definitive answer, but there is a wealth of resources online." This website discovers and provides some helpful links for teachers.

Resources for Teaching English Language Learners

This 2016 Edutopia article explores strategies for engaging English-language learners from literacy instruction to arts and technology integration.

Teaching Channel: Engaging and Supporting ELLs

This Teaching Channel website states English Language Learners (ELLs) continue to be a growing population in U.S. schools. In fact, nearly five million students, or one out of every 10 students, in public schools is an English Language Learner.

Center for Applied Linguistics

The Center for Applied Linguistics' website provides "a comprehensive range of research-based information, tools and resources related to language and culture."

Center for Teacher Leadership

This link is to the Center for Teacher Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University. This center provides resources for professional learning for teachers in leadership roles.

Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center)

This link is to the GTL Center website. As noted at its website, "The GTL Center is a national content center dedicated to supporting states in their efforts to grow, respect and support great teachers and leaders for all students."

Colorin' Colorado

This link to the Colorin' Colorado website provides useful information, strategies, activities and resources for all teachers of ELLs. This website also presents a broad series of materials useful in the implementation of a language assistance program.

Preparing Teachers of English Language Learners

This brief prepared by the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders explores issues associated with preparing mainstream teachers to teach English language learners.


Google Translate

Google Translate is a free text-to-speech translator.

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.