English Learner Tool Kit Updated with ESSA references. OELA’s EL Tool Kit was published in 2015 as a companion to support the 2015 Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) produced by the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, and the Department of Justice, outlining legal obligations for ELs. Some chapters of the tool kit have been updated related to the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).
The English Learner Tool Kit helps state and local education agencies help English Learners (ELs) by fulfilling these obligations.
The Toolkit has 10 chapters (one for each section of the DCL), and contains an overview, sample tools, and resources.
New Download the entire English Learner Tool Kit (PDF, 9MB)
Scenarios for ESL Standards-Based Assessment by Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.
“In this book, we provide a variety of resources to assist teachers in incorporating assessment into a standards-referenced curriculum. We have orgainized these resources into the following sections.”
ENL New Arrival High School Students: Encouraging Communication in a New Language by Mindy Lewis-Hitch
3rd place Winner of the WIDA 2015 Video Contest
Mindy Lewis-Hitch, the 9th grade English as a New Language Department Lead Teacher at Ben Davis 9th Grade Center in Wayne Township, IN.
2nd Place Winner of the WIDA 2015 Video Contest
Shadia Salem, a first grade Transitional Arabic Bilingual Teacher at Dorn Elementary School in Hickory Hills, IL.
1st Place Winner of the 2015 WIDA VIDEO CONTEST
Andy Mizell, a 5th-8th grade ELL teacher at Margaret Allen Middle Prep in Nashville, TN. Andy collaborated with Nicole Fedele and Kellee Hill on this video project.
“Ten-year-old Moises has just immigrated to California from Mexico. He doesn’t speak English, but he’s good at math, so he hopes to do well on his first math test in the USA.
Using untrained child actors from public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, “Immersion” plunges its audience into the visceral experience of a child who cannot understand his teacher. The film puts a human face on the debate about the education of English Language Learners.
Ten-year-old Moises has just immigrated to California from Mexico. He doesn’t speak English, but he’s good at math, so he hopes to do well on his first math test in the USA.“
:”TESOL is always working to improve English language teaching worldwide, and the creation of teaching and learning standards is an integral part of that goal. TESOL standards and best practices initiatives respond to a very real need of English language teachers, and comprise projects in various states of completion.