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download "This is an important document."

Teachers may use these translated phrases to attach to important school paperwork.

download General Sub Letter

Teachers may choose to attach this along with their substitute plans.

ISBE Translated Forms

Home Language Surveys and Parent Notification Forms for enrollment in our TPI program. These forms must be put into student cumulative folders and a copy sent to the ESL coordinator at SSS Graham.


This site allows ELL students (or teachers of ELLs) to simply copy text from a reading, test/quiz, or just about anything by copy and pasting the text into the site. For adapting and modifying resources you already have. Statement from site:

"Rewordify.com helps people read more, understand difficult English faster, and learn words in new ways. Teachers use it to save time and increase learning from any English text.

Just paste in a difficult English sentence, paragraph, or more (or enter a web page URL) and click the button. You'll instantly see an easier version, for fast understanding now. No dictionary needed! Plus, the easier version is specially highlighted to help build vocabulary."

Assessing ELLs: Quick Fixes for Busy Teachers

This article will provide practical suggestions on how busy mainstream and ESL teachers can accommodate ELLs in assessments in ESL and mainstream classrooms. Simple strategies will be described for modifying existing tests for ELLs, preparing Ells to take tests and incorporating other forms of assessments to determine student progress.

International Children's Digital Library

 This site offer an online multicultural repository of children's literature.  Books from around the world from many cultures in many languages.

Newsela - Differentiated Nonfiction Text

This site offers articles about current events that are written at 4-5 different Lexile levels. Teachers can choose an article and all students can participate in the reading and learning, even though they may be at different reading levels.

News in Levels

This site offers the same text at different levels; however, the articles are not leveled by Lexile. Instead, these articles are simply leveled 1, 2, and 3. We suggest you preview these articles before using them to make sure meaning is not lost in the most simple levels.

For the Teachers: Differentiated Nonfiction Reading

Resource that contains the same nonfiction text at different levels. These articles are also leveled 1, 2, and 3. The most simple level of these articles is still quite a bit lengthy, but the text is simple. All in all, these are three good resources that offer some flexibility in choosing text for students.

Colonin Colorado

This bilingual site is full of information and help for teachers, parents, and administrators with English language learners.

ELL Accommodations - 33 Ways to Help Your ELLs

1. Provide oral tests
2. Provide highlighted texts, material, etc.
4. Provide additional instruction.
5. Extend time for assignment completion
6. Shorten assignments
7. Utilize assignment notebooks and prompts
8. Teach in small group
11. Reduce paper/pencil tasks
12. Provide review and drill as needed
13. Seat in front of class
14. Reduce auditory and visual distraction
16. READ to student
18. Permit the use of bilingual dictionaries and electronic translators for tests and classwork.
19. Provide photocopied notes or outlines
20. Provide summaries
21. Provide page number when student needs to answer questions from text
22. Color code questions and related text.
23. Substitute HANDS ON ACTIVITIES for written texts
24. Provide bonus projects
25. Provide homework and reading assignments in advance to a bilingual peer helper or translator helper
26. Use a appropriate teacher made test instead of a book test
27. Substitute reading assignments that are appropriate to reading levels(leveled readers)
29. Use group work for assessment
30. Give shorter tests more often rather than chapter tests
31. Provide for individual testing
32. Disregard spelling errors, allow for correction before grading
33.Give ALTERNATIVE homework or assignments suitable for English proficiency

Reading and Writing Instruction for ELLs

The good news about teaching reading to English language learners (ELLs) is that you don't have to learn an entirely new method. You can and should use what you already know to be effective, research-based reading instruction.

BITS: English Language Learning

This website is dedicated to providing audio versions of common high school novels to students.  It provides two reading speeds for various learners.  It also has test prep and grammar lessons.


Links to spelling instruction.

Lanternfish ESL

"Lanternfish ESL is maintained by a group of ESL teachers in Asia and North America. Our aim is to bring printable quality resources to teachers and parents."

Vocabulary Instruction for English Language Learners

Here are some tips on providing effective vocabulary instruction for your English language learners.

Newcomer Practice - Basic vocabulary and letters

KinderSay is a free online video website to help your ELL student learn English! Practice over 500 words!

Vocabulary for ELLs

Links to vocabulary instruction.

Activities for Newcomers

When brand new English language learners first enter your school, it can be overwhelming for the teachers responsible for their instruction. Here are some activity-based tips to get you started.

WIDA Can Do Descriptors

How the classroom and ELL teacher can differentiate instruction for English language learners.

2012 English language learning standards

ELP Standards are designed as a curriculum and instruction planning tool. They help educators determine children's ELP levels and how to appropriately challenge them to reach higher levels. PDF file