English Language Learners and Literacy Instruction: Where Tech Tools Fail


When ELA Tools Can’t Adapt to Students’ Native Language

at https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-06-29-when-adaptive-tools-can-t-adapt-to-students-native-language


Kids Using Handheld Devices Don’t Read Anymore, or do They?



An interesting aspect of the changing discipline of literacy in Can Social Networking Boost Literacy Skills at  https://www.teachers.ab.ca/Teaching%20in%20Alberta/Resources%20for%20Parents/Parent-Friendly%20Articles/Pages/CanSocialNetworkingBoostLiteracySkills.aspx.  Esxcerpt:

Perhaps text messaging, social networking sites and blogs are a new form of literature that will soon be studied in schools in the way that books, plays and poetry are now. In Scotland, new curriculum literacy guides specify that children should be familiarized with new media and taught modern communication methods so that they will be able to function in today’s workplace. The guides emphasize the importance of teaching students how and when to use particular communication methods. For example, students are taught to avoid using abbreviated text language in e-mails in which formal language might be more appropriate.

The jury is still out on whether studying Shakespeare will be replaced by reading Taylor Swift’s tweets. Parents who want their children to become more literate probably know what they…

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Advanced English Learners: 47 Animated Philosophy Videos Explain the History of Ideas From Aristotle to Sartre


Find here at: http://www.openculture.com/2015/09/47-animated-videos-explain-the-history-of-ideas-from-aristotle-to-sartre.html



This year we’ve been featuring short animated videos from BBC Radio 4, all covering the big questions: How did everything begin? What makes us human? What is love? How can I know anything at all? They’ve all come scripted by philosopher Nigel Warburton (he of Philosophy Bites podcast fame) and narrated by a host of notables from both sides of the pond like Stephen Fry, Gillian Anderson, Aidan Turner, and Harry Shearer. They’ve illustrated the philosophical concepts at hand not just with elaborate and joke-filled drawings that come to life before your eyes, but with direct reference to the ideas of history’s best-known thinkers: Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Wittgenstein, de BeauvoirSartre, Freud, Chomsky — the list goes on.



Great reading at http://amandahealey2.weebly.com/four-resources-model.html.  Excerpt:


ESL Students Without Pencil Grip Skill?


Find an assistive low-cost device here:   3Pcs Writing Correction Device at https://differentnotless.us/collections/health/products/3pcs-writing-correction-device

ESL and Early Literacy


Read  “Early Literacy Crucial For Students — Especially For English Language Learners” at http://wamu.org/news/16/05/12/early_literacy_crucial_for_young_students_especially_for_english_language_learners

About Teaching the 5 Paragraph Essay


How important is it to teach the 5 paragraph essay to English learners?  Read a discussion in “Why We Still Won’t Teach the 5-Paragraph Essay” at http://blog.tesol.org/why-we-still-wont-teach-the-5-paragraph-essay/

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