ESOL Resources

What is ESOL?

ESOL  (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is a program designed to meet the needs of students whom English is not their first language. ESOL (or ELL) students are any students whose first or primary language is not English. These students are identified upon enrollment.
Though there is an ESOL teacher to assist these students, there are things classroom teachers can do as well. Below are some resources to assist you when teaching ESOL students.

 Links for Classroom Teachers

Go To Strategies: A comprehensive Guide for scaffolding instruction for ESOL students in the classroom. It addresses all four language domains (speaking, listening, reading and writing), and offers researched based strategies for all levels of ESOL students. 

Tennessee ESL Resource Guide: A basic guide about ESOL Students, what ESOL students "Can Do" at each proficiency level, and helpful strategies to use in the classroom.

ESOL For the Classroom Teacher:  An extensive guide about ESOL instruction and how to meet these students' needs as well as a list of resources about the laws and ways to scaffold instruction.

iPad and Google Apps for ESOL Students

   There are literally thousands of educational apps on the market. Here are just of a few of the many available and what they do. Check the iTunes and Google Play store often to see what is available. (Most Apps are available now on both Apple and Android unless specified). A more comprehensive printable list is here: Printable ESOL Apps List.

 English Monstruo (available for Apple and Android): A free app that contains eight games designed to help students learn verb conjugation. It was created by at Cambridge University by researchers who examined the results of 200,000 exams to determine the words that give Spanish speakers the most difficulty. The games in the English Monstruo app contain activities such as fill-in-the-blank, sorting words and replacing incorrect words with correct words.

 Phrasalstein, (available for Apple and Android):  Was designed by Cambridge University to help students learn the meanings of phrasal verbs. It has a practice mode and a quiz mode. Translations of the meanings are available in Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and French.

Duolingo  (available for Apple,  Android and online):  A free service designed to help you learn Spanish, French, German, or Portuguese The activities include ones that help learn  you learn to read, listen to, and translate words and phrases.

American Wordspeller ESL:  Helps people with different dialects and languages find words in English based on their phonetic pronunciation. Users can type in how the word sounds to them, and the app helps them find the correct spelling and definition.

 Learn English, ESL, TOEFL: This ESL app offers flashcards and a phrasebook that includes pictures, text, and correct audio pronunciation. Lessons can be tailored to all needs and levels of learning, including adults, children, beginners, and advanced.
Kidioms: Helps children understand idioms, especially those learning English as a second language. It breaks down the vocabulary into useful categories that many will find helpful, including by grade level.

Grammar Up: Focuses on Grammar skills and how to avoid common pitfalls.

Longman Dictionary:  is an innovative tool for keeping one of the best dictionaries at your fingertips with this app. There are a range of different add-ons contained within the app, including phrasal verbs, English-Japanese Dictionary, key words, and more.

  Offers English lessons based on the users based on your level, interests and goals. It also connects users with native English-speaking tutors whenever needed.

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard Takes an iPad and makes it an interactive whiteboard that is also recordable. Updates in the app have allowed new features to be developed that include the creation of an animated lesson, adding commentary to photos, and much more.

Google Apps and Extensions for ESOL

There are many helpful Google Apps and Extensions available on the Google Play Store. Here are a few of the many you may want to explore. For a more comprehensive presentation of the extensions and apps and what they are able to do, clickhere

Announcify- Allows any website to be read to the viewer. A real advantage of this is that students can read an article and have it read to them which is nice to check that their annunciation is correct. 

Select and Speak-Works much like Announcify, but instead of having the entire article read, the viewer can select sentences or paragraphs with which they are having difficulty to have read aloud. It can also be used to select short passages for students to have read to them.

TLDR (Too Long Didn't Read)- This is a free plugin  that summarizes any web article without leaving the webpage. The article can be shortened to 25%, 50%, and 75% of original article. It can summarize articles into English, Spanish, German and French. It can also help student find more articles about the same subject when doing research.

Read & Write for Google™ Students can
 hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with easy-to-follow dual color highlighting. They can also see the meaning of words explained with text and  have access to  picture  dictionaries for unfamiliar words.  This app can  translate into other many other languages, give suggestions for the current or next word as you type, turn words into text as students speak. It could be helpful when reading and writing in content areas.