TalkingPoints is a multilingual texting platform developed by a California-based nonprofit with the same name, specifically to link teachers with students’ parents who are not native English speakers. To use the free service, teachers must first log into their account from a browser. They can then type a text message—such as a homework reminder or announcement—and send it to individual parents or a group using their cellphone numbers. Parents—who must sign up to get the message—receive it on their phones as if it were a normal text, and they can respond to the teacher as a text. TalkingPointstranslation is available in more than 20 languages. Costs: Free for teachers; schools pay for premium features
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.