October 5, 2015

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Education, Justice Departments Release English Learner Tool Kit


Educators have a new, free resource to help them provide quality instruction to English learners. The English Learner (EL) Tool Kit was created by the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice to help states, districts and schools meet their legal obligations to serving ELs.

Teachers Find Many Reasons to Use Picture Books with Middle and High School Students


Picture books, say English language arts experts, provide excellent opportunities to teach higher-level skills while still providing an engaging experience for older students who might think they don’t like to read.

Using Comics to Teach English Language Learners


During librarian Dawn K. Wing’s time as a high school ESL teacher years ago, she developed curricula that enabled English language learners to practice their English language skills across all modalities by reading and creating visual narratives.

Libraries and English Language Learners


How well are school and public libraries serving non-native English speakers?

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ Reviews Duolingo for Schools | Test Drive


Duolingo has released Duolingo for Schools for grades 6 and up, based on its popular free site for foreign language learners. Melissa Techman covers the teacher dashboard and the application’s potential use in the classroom.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Serving ELL Students When Their First Language Isn’t Spanish


Librarian Misti Jenkins, formerly an English teacher at the Nashville, TN, high school she now serves, shares her experiences in adapting from a predominately Spanish-speaking population of English Language Learners (ELL) to one that is comprised largely of Nepali and Burmese refugees. Here are her recommendations for ways to reach out to all students, regardless of their backgrounds.

Dallas Librarians Shine Light on Spanish-Language Kid Lit


To better serve the growing Spanish-speaking population in Dallas, TX, the local school district’s library media services director, Gay D. Patrick, put out a call for volunteers. Since 2006, this group of intrepid school media specialists, the Luminarias committee, has been developing an annual list of 20 of the best bilingual and Spanish-language books for children. Their goal is to help fellow librarians curate quality materials to meet the needs of the young Hispanic community in Dallas, while staying true to the culture and the language.

U.S. State Department Launches Online Game to Aid English Learners

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The U. S. government has joined the list of organizations using gaming to enhance learning. This week, the Department of State released a new game to give English-language students a hands-on way to augment their mastery of English.