ELL Resources

Check back often as I try to add more helpful resources for ELLs whenever I come across them! Helpful books related to ELLs can be found directly below and you can view online resources by clicking the link to be taken to them automatically.


Teaching English Language Learners: Research, Theory, Policy, and Practice (Caslon, 2010) By Wayne Wright

This was a book that was used in one of my ESL classes. It sells on Amazon for around $83, so it isn’t cheap, but it is well worth the money. We also had the opportunity to Skype with Wayne during one of our classes and after ‘meeting’ him I wanted to share his book even more! He really knows his stuff, is really down to earth and he writes in a way that is easy to read and understand.

This book is great because it gives you all of this: the history of ELLs (including laws and court decisions past and present, like NCLB, Lau v. Nichols, etc.), what teachers need to know about second language learning, the different program models available for ELLs, assessments ELLs go through, what to expect from and how to address ELLs listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, how to make content accessible to ELLs, how to support the primary language of ELLs and how to use technology with ELLs.

Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP Model (4th Edition) by Jana J. Echevarria, MaryEllen J. Vogt, and Deborah J. Short

This was another required book for one of my ESL classes and another book that I find very helpful. This book is all about the Sheltered Immersion Observation Protocol (SIOP) model. It includes a list of 30 different features that teachers can use when lesson planning and during lessons to make the content more comprehensible for ELLs. This book is FULL of different strategies to use with ELLs and will be a great resource for planning lessons in any classroom with ELLs. This is the only book I have read by these authors, but they also have many other books in the SIOP series.

The publishers even have a pdf version of the first chapter online for FREE, click here to download it automatically.

Online Resources

I have started a series of posts that I call ‘Exploring SIOP’ that will break down the eight components that are a part of the SIOP model. The first post has an introduction to the SIOP model and explores the first three features of the first component, lesson preparation. The other posts will break down the other seven components of SIOP.

Component 1-Lesson Preparation {Part 1} Component1-Lesson Preparation {Part 2}
Component 2-Building Background

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