This book is an absolute necessity for an ESL classroom, the activities are fun and handy for new language learners - and once your students graduate past basic language, they can simply upgrade to the next book.
This blog page goes over ten different ways that an ESL learner can improve quickly, and without much effort. I love this for learning any language, and I can't stress number four enough! Watching television and movies is a great way to absorb a new language.
This article outlines the importance of "student talk" to language and common core development. Creating reading scaffolds can help students uncover meaning in a text - layer by layer. This article also shows some of the common ways that ESL teachers might confuse their students - and tips on how to avoid that. I never even thought about how rephrasing a question might be detrimental to my student's understanding, but now I do!
This page is great as homework as students can watch the video, take notes and a short quiz before going over their work in class. I've noticed that students often concentrate on their reading and writing and let their face-to-face communication fall to the wayside, videos can help halt this process and create a more holistic approach to language.
Jane Pollock's webinar on nine strategies for bridging the gap between EL and General Education is extremely helpful for teachers hoping to foster growth in their language learners. Her "high yield strategies" focus on measurable improvement, and has helped me assess progress in my High School EL classroom.
Appendices A, B, and C in the Common Core Standards Requirements are crucial documents for finding out what your students should be learning (by grade level). As an ESL teacher, as well as a language learner, I know how difficult a new language can be. This manual will give you the necessary information on what exactly your students should know in order to pass state requirements.
This fifteen minute video focuses on the importance of fostering communication skills in English Language Learners. Many tests concentrate on reading and writing skills, but if students are not well versed in speaking and listening - they can fall behind in all of their classes. Assessing speaking and listening is difficult; however, this video offers many solutions to this. This video has helped me, in my high school ESL class, create a productive classroom dynamic.