Helpful online resources for teaching ELLs

Edutopia logoWebsites such as Kahoot! and teacher-created videos make content more accessible for English language learners—whether they’re in the classroom or at home.

Whether you’re having school remotely or in person, online learning is a powerful tool teachers can leverage to support English language learners (ELLs). Research shows that ELLs’ learning is enhanced by interactive visual aids and access to lessons they can follow at their own pace.

There are many free or inexpensive digital resources that teachers can use to create these learning experiences. Lessons can be recorded as they are conducted online in real time so that students can later access the content without a teacher present. Teachers can also incorporate audio, images, or videos into their lessons. These resources can support ELLs with fun, engaging tools that help them review and build vocabulary and literacy skills.

Kahoot! is a tool to create interactive audiovisual learning games, reviews, and assessments. Students can compete in games against each other in real time, from any device, by using a simple code. The premium subscription-based distance learning tools are currently free to support distance learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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