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February 10th, 2012
Six ed-tech resources for ELL/ESL instruction
Readers chime in with their suggestions for how ed tech can make a real difference in teaching English as a second language
It’s usually the editors’ job at eSchool News to create our own “Question of the Week” for our newsletters, but a few weeks ago we received a request from a reader that we ask our followers: “What are some ways technology helps in the education of ELL students?”
From award-winning software, to a teacher-created program that needs peer input, our readers offered some useful ways in which technology can help English-language learners and those for whom English is a second language. Here are six of the best responses (edited for brevity).
“One great way technology can help ESL students is to provide online English language teaching drills and interactive lessons in language arts. I have developed a program for this that can also be tweaked to better serve English language learners. It is not for sale just yet, because I need to pilot it and I’m looking for some schools to test it. Please check out my website and you’ll see what I’m talking about (any feedback you can provide will be greatly appreciated).
“I am a Spanish teacher, and this is a totally new endeavor for me. The technology we used is low-grade, so it might not sound like it was done in a studio, but it’s sufficient to attract students’ attention, keep them on task, and reach their learning comfort zones. The need is so great for poor readers and migrant students to have an effective language teaching program at their disposal. I hope I will be able to provide that.” —Debra Buffington-Adams, author of the Mastery Reading program, New Heights Educational Services
“[I'm] using DynEd software to ensure tracking [of] student progress and teaching with technology. Knowing the products that work, seeing the research of their proven results, and making powerful decisions to teach ELL students effectively [are key].” —Louise Eggert-Nevins