English Learners

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Guide to Useful Apps for Learning ESL

In the current digital age, technology can be used to enhance learning experiences, especially for those learning English as a second language (ESL). Masters in English as a Second Language (mESL) has released a guide for ESL learners on useful mobile apps that can supplement learning English. This guide is divided into many different learning categories that will help ESL learners target their learning objectives. These categories include phonetics, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. 

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Putting Summer to Work: Summer Matters Report

The Summer Matters Campaign has released three reports that emphasize the positive impact that high-quality summer learning programs can have on students and teachers across six communities in California. Using data collected from previous summer programs and intensive research, the reports provide guidelines for facilitators on how to support students’ growth and further staff professional development.

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Free Webinar on Understanding and Meeting the Socio-Emotional Needs of English Learners

Free Webinar on Understanding and Meeting the Socio-Emotional Needs of English Learners

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Often when our English Learner students are not succeeding academically or in their language development, we turn to providing additional academic help or language development support. While these types of supports are critical, it is also important to address an English Learner’s socio-emotional needs, as they may be the root cause of students’ academic and language development issues.

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More than Just Talk: Everyday English Language Teaching
Free Webinar on Supporting English Language Learners

More than Just Talk: Everyday English Language Teaching

Explore activities and strategies to get English learners speaking, listening, reading, and writing in afterschool, from the Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning’s newly expanded and revised publication, More than Just Talk: Everyday English Language Teaching. All participants will come away with tools and techniques after school programs can use to support English learners in subject-area classrooms– in ways that look and feel differently from the school day.

Presenter:

Jennifer Kobrin, Director, Center for Afterschool

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Teaching English Language Learners- What the Research Does- and Does Not- Say
By Claude Goldenberg

Should students who are learning English spend the school day
in classes where only English is spoken? Or should they be taught
reading and other academic skills and content in their native
language? Or should their classes be primarily in English, but
include some explanations or materials in their native language?
If their native language is to be used, how much native language
instruction should they receive and for what purposes? And aren’t
there other issues we need to consider, aside from language of

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Effectively Supporting English Learners

Effectively Supporting English Learners

This webinar will feature an overview of the quality elements in the California Afterschool Network Quality Self-Assessment Tool on Strategies to Support English Learner students. It will also feature presentations from Nora Zamora from the California Afterschool Resource Center (CASRC) and Cynthia Zarate who is a Co-chair of the Network’s EL Committee.

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Research Brief: English Learners And Out-Of-School-Time Programs

Out-of-School-Time (OST) programs offer the ability to expand the school day and provide English learner (EL) students with more time in educational settings that help to address the dual learning challenges they face. Research shows that this additional time can make a difference if used effectively. To that end, this brief highlights research-supported ways in which OST programs might be particularly well suited to support EL students during that extra time.

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ESL Partyland

A resource page for teachers and students of English as a second language. The website contains teacher resources, lesson plans, and assessment tools as well as multiple resources for (adult) students of learning English as a second language.

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Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL)

TESOL’s mission is to develop and maintain professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide. TESOL is a membership agency. Some information and resources are posted on their website for individuals who are non-members. TESOL’s website contains:

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Center for Afterschool Education at Foundations, Inc

Works with afterschool organizations, school districts, municipalities, and thousands of educators across the country dedicated to making the out-of-school hours a dynamic time for learning and healthy development. Grounded in practice (fourteen years operating pre-K-12th grade programs), the Center provides publications, professional development, and technical assistance for building high quality programs and effective aftershool educators.