The US population has changed dramatically in the past three decades, as nearly 30 million immigrants, both authorized and unauthorized, have settled here seeking a better future for themselves and their children. The Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy has created the English Language Learner (ELL) Information Center to provide informative fact sheets, maps, and state-level data resources that chronicle the demography and trends of immigrant families and their children. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes a number of new requirements for the education of English learners (ELs), including standardized criteria for identifying EL students and inclusion of English proficiency as a measurement of school quality. Resources on the ELL Information Center’s web page can help inform decisions, such as how quickly schools must improve and how states can intervene with struggling districts.
Culips offers an app for iOS and Android that includes more than 60 ESLpodcasts for students to listen to. The app covers a variety of subjects and has a search filter to find podcasts on specific topics.
From Wordoor Technology comes Pop On, a freeapp for iOS and Android that allows students to learn a language by connecting directly with native speakers from more than 100 different countries and regions.
“Supporting English Language Learners: Resources for Leaders” is a free self-paced, onlinecourse developed by the staff of the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University. Understanding Language’s vision is to increase college, career, and community readiness for all students—especially English learners (ELs)—by transforming the quality of their educational experiences.