English Language Learners

As an educator, you have the power to make a profound impact on the lives of English Language Learners. By creating a welcoming environment that is led by a compassionate and informed teacher, you can help these students overcome unique challenges and succeed in learning and communicating in English. This section provides a variety of resources, including professional development opportunities, instructional materials, and strategies for supporting ELL students both in and out of the classroom. We encourage you to utilize these tools to support your ELL students, regardless of their language background, in thriving academically and beyond.

Teach Vid

Students can work at home with the help of numerous videos and activities. Sign up for a free account.

TED Ed

Interactive, video-based daily lessons for free. Covers numerous core subjects including math, social studies and science.

Vocab Victor

A free mobile app that builds vocabulary by assessing and adapting to a student’s vocabulary level in real-time.

Voice of America News - Learning English

Free news stories written for non-native speakers of English, including current world news and feature stories on education, health, and other topics.

Watch Know Learn

A free site with an abundance of K-12 videos on a wide variety of subjects including many content areas, ESL and other languages.

YouTube Teachers

Free educational videos covering a range of topics.

How to Make Your Class Less Stressful for English Language Learners

An article exploring how creating safe environments for ELL students contributes to their success

American English Resources provide materials for teachers’ professional development and for K-12 students in the classroom. Find classroom activities, audiobooks, MP3s, videos and pedagogical material to assist in learning English as a second language. Students can also explore American culture through various materials. Resources include popular American classics, in-house publications and links to U.S. government websites and podcasts.

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A free visual and student-based response platform for K-12 students to interact with teacher-developed resources from home. There is a free folder of templates which are images.  Teachers can type a question on the template or provide oral instructions. There are digital answer sheets for teacher-created quizzes.

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Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr (PreK-3) cover the content areas.  ELL Brain Pop is a proficiency based EL program that covers vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading and writing.  Click on “request free access.”

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Free online multilingual books offered in multiple languages and at various levels, from pre-reader to advanced and adult level books.  Turn pages by clicking on the arrow or download and extract a zip file. Audiobooks are also available. Browse or search by title.

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A free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grades. Search and filter the collection by grade, theme, genre, literary device, or standard.  Guiding questions, the ability to annotate text, discussion questions, and assessments included. Spanish and English options. 

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Free multi-cultural stories from an African storybook, offered in many different languages.  Click on Washington D.C. for American English.  Students can listen and read along or just read.  This site requires scrolling to move to the next page.

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This site is a community of language teachers from around the globe who share home-made worksheets on this free platform.

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New, free resource includes activities, videos, podcasts, articles, and ideas to support educators of ELs in distance learning.  Activities are available in English and Spanish and are accompanied by graphic organizers, English and Spanish video examples of a teacher using the activity in a distance learning environment, and examples of student work.  New activities are released weekly.  Teachers must submit their email address online to receive weekly updates. Spanish and English options.

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Free videos with read along text. Various topics and language proficiency levels. K-12 students can interact with the videos by filling in the blanks of sentences while they are following along.

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English Interactive provides activities for speaking, listening, reading, writing and more. This website often links to free activities on other websites.

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Basic vocabulary with pictures, downloadable/printable books, graphic organizers, activities, teachers can make their own worksheets. Core content areas, World languages, and ESL.  Free temporary access.

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Free exercises for all K-12 ELLs including online grammar exercises, vocabulary videos, pronunciation exercises, and interactive quizzes for beginning, intermediate and advanced learners. This page also links to free websites that teachers may use to support ELLs with math instruction.

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Vocabulary games that allow teachers to choose from existing work packs or develop their own.  Ability to track student progress.  3 levels of difficulty.  Basic plan is free.

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Free thematic vocabulary practice.  Hover over a picture and hear the word.  Includes both listening challenges and speaking challenges.

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ESL Fast includes over 1,000 conversations, texts, and scripts for beginning, intermediate and advanced English Language Learners.

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This site provides free English listening exercises and online lessons for 4th-12th grade English learners.

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ESLvideo.com provides educational resources for English as a Second Language Students to improve their listening, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary skills. The quiz activities and lessons are created by teachers, and are free to use in class, lab, or at home.

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Free mini lessons/demonstrations on sounds, word and sentence stress, linking, contractions and other pronunciation topics. Includes quizzes.

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Free to educators and families.  A platform for teachers and students to record themselves.  Teachers create grids, which are the meeting place for your classroom to discuss topics, do mini-presentations or otherwise participate in speaking and listening activities.

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Free online resource which focuses on general vocabulary and phonics with audio and visuals.

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Access textbooks in Spanish for the various grade levels and content areas, free online.  Includes practice questions and answer keys.

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Free, short video lessons using interviews with real people filmed on the streets of New York, Miami Beach, and Seattle.  There are lessons for English learners at different levels.  Exercises let you record your voice and compare your English to the native speakers in the videos or to the teacher.

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