NYS Education Department Guidelines for Limited English Proficient Students

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Teaching Tools

everythingESL external link icon offers strategies, resources, lesson plans, teaching tips and a component for interacting with other ESL professionals. It also offers web sites with activities for elementary students to enhance their English language skills.

Dave's ESL Cafe  external link icon is the Internet’s worldwide meeting place for ESL teachers and students.  This site provides information and tools ranging from lesson ideas/plans, to quizzes, slang, and other web-based ESL resources.

Colorincolorado external link icon is a  bilingual site for teachers and parents of ELL students which provides  articles, resources and activities by grade level ranging from pre-k through 12th grade.  This site is designed to assist teachers of ELLs  in developing greater reading skills through current research-based resources.

A New Light on Literacy: Early Reading Intervention for English Language Learners external link icon

These videos and companion lessons offer examples of effective research-based strategies. Teachers, administrators, and parents can see the strategies in action and then read the lessons for a more detailed description of the procedures. The materials can be utilized in a variety of ways, including professional development sessions, parent or tutor training classes, and community meetings.

Resources and References

The Academic Word List (AWL) consists of 70 word families that are not in the most freqent 2,000 words in the English language, but which occur frequently over a wide range of academic texts.  Knowledge of these academic words can significantly boost students' comprehension of school-based reading material.  There are tools available to assist in the teaching of these words in context.   International Children's Digital Library external link icon : This is an excellent web resource if you are looking for a book about a particular culture or in a particular language.  The site contains a collection of 4,000 beautiful, downloadable picture books representing historical and modern books from countries around the world, in many languages.  Visitors can search books by country, language, author and title.Center for Applied Linguistics: external link icon  CAL conducts projects and offers a variety of research-based resources related to the education of English language learners in a variety of settings:
  • Prekindergarten-Grade 12 programs
  • Universities and community colleges
  • Adult education programs
  • Workplace programs

Growing Readers external link icon is a free monthly newsletter written especially for parents that offers practical tips for raising strong readers, writers, and learners. The one- or two-page articles are available in both English and Spanish.

La Lectura es el Primero (Reading Comes First)PDF icon(PDF, 206.92KB) The Partnership for Reading is pleased to announce the Spanish translation of the popular "Put Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn to Read – A Parent Guide." This brochure provides a quick overview of the findings of the National Reading Panel for parents and gives ideas for what to expect from a school's reading program based on evidence from the research (preschool through grade 3). The brochure also suggests ways parents can reinforce reading instruction at home with everyday activities and interactions.

 This Spanish language version of Helping Your Child Become a Reader includes information about why and how to use language skills (talking and listening, reading, and writing)to help young children grow into readers. Everyday activities you can do to encourage your child's love of reading and strengthen language skills are also provided

 Tapestry for Teachers of English Language Learners external link icon is an extensive resource center that has been developed for teachers and administrators in grades pre K - 12 who work with English language learners.  It presents the findings of research and teaching resources that are directly applicable in the classroom. Research included is on second language acquisition and teaching strategies.

 The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition external link icon collects, coordinates and conveys a broad range of research and resources in support of an inclusive approach to high quality education for ELLs.  Resources include standards, assessments, content-area instruction and curriculum development.

 The National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC) external link icon a service of the Child Care Bureau, is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance (TA) center that provides comprehensive child care information resources and TA services to Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administrators and other key stakeholders.  Its website has a list of publications that highlight findings about literacy development for ELLs.

 The Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) external link icon is an international organization that promotes evidence-based teaching, collaboration, research, leadership, and advocacy. CLD is composed of professionals who represent diverse disciplines and are committed to enhancing the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities and others who experience challenges in learning.  The link leads to an article entitled, "Reading Comprehension Instruction for English Language Learners with Learning Disabilities: Validated Instructional Practices."

WebEx Presentations

Data-based Instructional Decision Making for ELLs external link icon :The ELL Strand of the Center on Instruction hosted a webinar on May 19, 2009, to identify key information that should be considered when planning data-based and differentiated instruction for English Language Learners. Dr. Mabel Rivera presented updated information from the literature regarding the importance of language proficiency and formative evaluation tools during the instructional planning process. Feel free to view the accompanying presentation . PPT icon PPT, 1.59MB)

Promising Research-based Practices in Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners external link icon : The ELL Strand of the Center on Instruction hosted a webinar on June 17, 2009, to discuss promising practices that have been identified within the current research base for working with English Language Learners in both instruction and assessment. Dr. Ani Moughamian updated information regarding research-based practices and provided some additional recommendations for an RTI framework for assessment, native language assessment, progress monitoring of ELLs, accommodations, and using multiple data sources to ensure a comprehensive language and literacy screening and assessment system for ELLs. Feel free to view the accompanying presentation. PPT icon (PPT, 579KB)

Teaching Academic English to English Language Learners external link icon : This webinar discusses the challenges students face when they cannot understand content instruction or understand or participate in classroom instruction because they lack academic language skills.  Recommendations for addressing these challenges are provided.  Feel free to view the accompanying presentation. PPT icon (PPT, 7.46MB)

Enhancing Academic Literacy of ELLs in Science and Social Studies Classrooms external link icon : This webinar provides an overview of two experimental studies aimed at boosting the academic achievement of older English learners. The CREATE Project at the University of Houston examined the efficacy of incorporating instructional practices associated with improved outcomes into middle-school social studies instruction as a means of enhancing vocabulary knowledge and comprehension for English language learners.  This content is also valuable to teachers interested in improving comprehension in adolescent readers.  Feel free to view the accompanying presentation. PPT icon (PPT, 8.34MB)

PowerPoint Presentation

Effective Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners PDF icon (PDF 896.70 KB)

This presentation, by Timothy Shanahan of the University of Illinois at Chicago, highlights as the result of an extensive scientifically-based research review by both the National Literacy Panel for Language Minority Children and Youth (Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners) and the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Practice Guide (Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades) the proven techniques teaching literacy to ELLs.

The Maine Department of Education website external link icon has several PowerPoint presentations covering topics such as "Lesson Planning & Differentiation: Enacting a Lesson Based on the ELP Standards," and "Academic Language and Literacy for ELLs."

The University of Oregon's Center on Teaching and Learning Reading First website external link icon houses several PowerPoint presentations pertaining to Instruction and Data Evaluation of ELLs.  One of particular note is:
 "Vocabulary Building and Oral Language Instruction: Helping English Language Learners and Students with Language Disabilities Learn to Read and Read to Learn" PPT icon (PPT, 56KB) developed by Lupina Vela.

Follow-Up Materials from the CTL's 2009 “Moving Research Into Classrooms” Conference external link icon

In this section you will find a summary of each conference presentation within the English Language Instruction strand.  Also included are:

  • Presentations from all strand speakers (PowerPoint handouts)
  • A summary of key points from each presentation
  • Short audio clips of important points made by each speaker

The PowerPoint presentations, strand highlights, and presenter audio clips can be used to extend the knowledge gained from the IES Practice Guide and assist in applying the recommendations within classrooms. These materials can be used for individual learning as well as study and discussion within small group formats such as grade level teams, department level teams, and professional learning communities. In addition, the materials in this section could be used for professional development activities related to school improvement goals for an entire staff.

Adolescent Literacy Institute external link icon

The Center on Instruction hosted an Adolescent Literacy Institute October 15-17, 2008, in New Orleans to encourage deeper understanding and effective use of two adolescent literacy products. The meeting included presentations from national experts Joe Torgesen, Barbara Foorman, Greg Roberts, Colleen Reutebuch, and Jade Wexler, as well as small and large group discussion, orientation to the soon-to-be-released “Assessments to Guide Adolescent Literacy Instruction” and a training of trainers session for “Effective Instruction for Adolescent Struggling Readers” professional development.

Workshop on Language Development and Reading Intervention for ELLS external link icon

The Center on Instruction ELL Strand hosted a training-of-trainers workshop May 29-30, 2008 to provide current research and instructional strategies related to language development and reading interventions for ELLs with and without disabilities. The workshop centered on the use of two soon-to-be-released COI products: a training module in language development and a guidance document on teaching reading interventions to ELLs with and without disabilities. The event provided participants with content as well as activities that can be used in future professional development meetings with teachers and school administrators. 

The accompanying PowerPoint presentations are:

Effective Language and Reading Interventions for English Language LearnersPPT icon(PPT, 318KB)

Language Development for English Language LearnersPPT icon(PPT, 1.06MB)

Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners – Part IPPT icon(PPT, 5.47MB)

Dr. David Francis of the ELL Strand of the Center on Instruction delivered a teleconference describing a series of guidelines for the education of English Language Learners which were released at the LEP Partnership meeting in Washington, DC, October 28-29, 2006.

Videos available

Reading LINKS Lessons external link icon

The LINKS project has developed a program of 16 videos of elementary school teachers demonstrating reading components and strategies.  The focus of the lessons is on teaching K-3, but several lessons demonstrate teaching upper elementary students.  An additional two lessons are provided which describe school and district programs.

 AdLit.org is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers. AdLit.org is an educational initiative of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital, and is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and by the Ann B. and Thomas L. Friedman Family Foundation. 

This link leads to a webcast featuring Kathleen Leos, Deborah Santiago, and Susan Lafond in a discussion on English Language Learners (ELLs). external link icon The panel discusses demographic trends, instructional strategies, school-family partnerships, and college readiness.

 Colorín Colorado external link icon offers webcasts featuring experts who study English language learners (ELLs).  Webcasts offer an exciting new way to learn about teaching ELLs. Each webcast features a 45-minute video program, which includes recommended readings, suggested discussion questions, and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation.


Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners  external link icon - Part II

Dr. David Francis of the ELL Strand of the Center on Instruction delivered a teleconference presentation providing an overview of the series of Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners. (NOTE: There is no video with this recording.)

English Language Learners

Students who are English Language Learners are one of our nation's fastest growing school populations. There is great concern among policymakers, educators and families that these students are significantly lagging behind others in terms of academic success. This section of the website addresses the challenge of providing effective literacy instruction for English Language Learners in grades K-12. Motivated by the need for the education system to better address the large and persistent gaps in the reading achievement of English Language Learners, the website is designed to provide the latest research, strategies and resources to advance learning opportunities for English Language Learners to ensure that they achieve English language proficiency and also achieve at high levels academically.

English Language Development Standards K-12

Wida - English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards external link icon