Check Out TELL-IG’s New Site! And 3 Great Teaching Sites

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: In the Classroom, Interest Groups, TELL-IG
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Blair Roy

Blair Roy

By BLAIR ROYimage from tell-ig's new website

—CATESOL TELL-IG (Technology Enhanced Language Learning Interest Group) has a new web address: CATESOL TELL-IG is a professional organization that provides instructional strategies to California and Nevada Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages as they incorporate technology into their language-learning classrooms. Hope to see you there!


ReadWriteThink is a wonderful site for lesson plan ideas. The ReadWriteThink mission is to offer free, high-quality materials to educators who provide reading and language arts instruction to learners. I found this particular lesson interesting as it incorporates the use of spoken, written, and visual language along with the use of technology as learners collect information from animal webcams. The lesson is targeted for elementary grades 3-5, but it could be modified for use with adult learners. Webcams in the Classroom: Animal Inquiry and Observation provides detailed lesson plans to prepare the learners for the task, printable handouts, and support materials to provide a clear picture of the activities surrounding this interesting project.logo for readwritethink website


Once your learners have completed their observation projects, a creative web activity to extend learning would be to have students create posters or picture collages at PosterMyWall. PosterMyWall is an online poster and collage maker that learners can use for free. It provides guidance as learners navigate through the creation process with templates and photo-locating options. Completed posters and collages may be saved and shared with the class as part of a presentation to finish the project.


Last, select the link Newsela: Reading About Today’s World to read the full article written by Debbie Jensen of Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education, Baldwin Park, California, that is posted on the OTAN website this month. Here’s a slightly modified version of her introduction:

Are you preparing your students for the high school equivalency test? Looking for nonfiction reading material at multiple reading levels? Do you want to integrate the College and Career Readiness Standards into your classroom? Could you use current articles for your ESL students reading at a fourth-grade level or higher? The Newsela website features articles on nonfiction topics. But it is much more. The site is updated daily with current news from major publications. Each article is rewritten at five reading levels, which allows your entire class to read the article at the appropriate level. Critical thinking can develop during class discussions on relevant topics of war and peace, science, kids, money, law, health, and the arts. After reading the articles, the students can take online quizzes, and they can track their own progress through the quizzes. The Newsela Pro account offers monitoring of students’ levels and scores, but there is a charge for those services and there are plenty of ways to use Newsela without paying.

Select the link to find out more—Newsela: Reading About Today’s World.

Blair Roy is coordinator of the Technology Enhance Language Learning Interest Group.


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